Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

All the Friends That I Have Found: The Story of a Song
by Creel, Bradley J., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2017, 47; 10261241
Abstract (Summary)

This production thesis explores the process of songwriting and how it relates to the field of psychotherapy. The author’s experience composing a new song, “All the Friends That I Have Found,” is used as data to examine the steps within the creative process, utilizing artistic-creative and heuristic methodologies. By exploring research in the field of imagination and creativity, this thesis addresses the question: How does the artistic process of song composition inform the practice of psychotherapy? Particular attention is paid to overcoming writer’s block and the psychologist Carl Jung’s theory of active imagination. The simple act of play can allow access to unconscious images, thereby providing a framework where creativity—and even individuation—can take place. By including the experiences of well-known folk and rock composers, the author found that elements of nature, exercise, place, timing, and ritual all help to promote the accessibility of unconscious material.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Steffora, Thomas
Commitee: Elliot, Jemma
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Creative writing, Music, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Active imagination, Artist, Creativity, Imagination, Music, Songwriting
Publication Number: 10261241
ISBN: 9781369682748
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