Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

As Feet Touch the Earth: An Ecoheuristic Study of Addiction to Food
by Bordwell, Holly Lynn, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2016, 274; 10269585
Abstract (Summary)

This heuristic study addresses the phenomenon of food addiction as seen through the lens of ecopsychology and ecotherapy. The intent is to describe through personal recorded dialogue, poetry, and art, the qualitative experience of addiction to food and how it is, or is not, affected by dream images, movement, and the internalizing of Earth’s elements as living properties in the psyche. The research examines the topic through a depth psychological imaginal perspective and the researcher’s own embodied process. Seven major thematic patterns were discovered: turning towards and away from food, resistance, integration of imaginal figures from the dream and natural world through embodied practices, moving from knowing to the unknown, addiction and breath, addiction as creative life partner, and ecodreaming as the world’s dream. The ecotherapeutic implications of this study conclude that by entering into an imaginal active relationship with addiction, a new consciousness is birthed that allows for a different sense of fullness in the body. Infused through active movement, communication with living dream images and the wisdom of these nonhuman fellow travelers, a new sense of awareness can transpire from one’s inner life, unlocking the opportunity to restore personal, social, and ecological well-being.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Galindo, Nancy
Commitee: Buzzell-Saltzman, Linda, Eddy, Martha
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, & Ecopsychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 78/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Ecology, Behavioral psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Dream tending, Ecodreaming, Ecopsychology, Ecotherapy, Embodied practices, Food addiction
Publication Number: 10269585
ISBN: 978-1-369-70403-7
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