Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Chiron Complex: From Spiritual Bypassing to Individuation
by Graham, Owen B., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2017, 64; 10259225
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis uses hermeneutic and heuristic methodologies to draw together the myth of Chiron and the phenomenon of spiritual bypassing. Spiritual bypassing is the tendency to use spiritual beliefs, teachings, and practices to avoid dealing with one’s psychology, painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental issues. Chiron is a mythological figure who mentored a number of Greek heroes and Asclepius, the god of medicine in ancient Greek religion and mythology. Chiron, like his mentee Asclepius, embodies the Wounded Healer archetype. Chiron’s wounding and healing journey can serve as a roadmap for spiritual practitioners on how to navigate out of bypass and deepen their path toward self-realization and individuation. Developing an archetypal awareness of one’s wounds appears to reveal the aspects of one’s psychology defended against in spiritual bypass. This emerging roadmap and lessons from Chiron’s journey may help therapists, healers, and spiritual teachers accelerate their own path and assist clients.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kipnis, Aaron
Commitee: Altman, Avrom, Boyd, Barbara, Elliot, Jemma
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Chiron, Healing, Individuation, Mythology, Spiritual bypassing, Wounded healer
Publication Number: 10259225
ISBN: 9781369700046
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