Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Digital Martyrs and Shadowless Assailants: The Projective Shadow's Emergence in Cyberspace
by Thom, Ryan C., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2017, 62; 10284813
Abstract (Summary)

This hermeneutic intuitive inquiry with heuristic elements illuminates psychological factors involved in a cultural trend toward covert aggression on the Internet and in digital social media. This analysis is grounded in historical perspectives on crime, punishment, victimology, and scapegoating, as well as depth psychological constructs. It focuses on the archetypal, cultural, and individual shadow and its projection in interpersonal and intergroup relationships, highlighting the psychological influences of personal, social, institutional, religious, and technological externalities. As the digital world renders responsibility for Internet and social media bullying and scapegoating more elusive and the effects potentially more devastating to its victims, this exploration strives, through the application of psychoanalytic language, to make less elusive the projection of shadow onto others in its tendency to simplify moral rightness into a binary of good and evil. It finds depth psychological approaches in clinical practice particularly relevant to addressing issues of cyberbullying and scapegoating

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Altman, Avrom
Commitee: Altman, Avrom, Elliot, Jemma
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Sociology
Keywords: Internet, Projection, Psychoanalysis, Shadow, Shaming, Trolling
Publication Number: 10284813
ISBN: 9781369810660
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