Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Tattoos as visible archetypes: Symbolic landmarks on the map of the psyche
by Anderson, Emily Jane, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2010, 127; 1482008
Abstract (Summary)

This phenomenological study utilized interviews to explore the concept of tattoos as visible archetypes. Using the basic tenets of archetypal psychology as a foundational theory and Jungian dream work as a rubric for the investigation, I considered the tattoo images of five participants in the context of their typology, archetypal dynamics, and other relevant details from an in-depth interview. The significant findings of this study were: (a) the images of tattoos did function archetypally in the psychology of my participants, (b) typology as measured by the Keirsey Temperament Sorter II appears potentially to serve as a driving force for the desire and the capacity to become tattooed, and (c) the active archetypes measured by the Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator ® seem to relate to the motivation underlying each tattoo. These findings are quite compelling and relevant in many ways to the field of counseling psychology.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mentes, Chrisina
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Design, Psychology
Publication Number: 1482008
ISBN: 978-1-109-69828-2
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