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.
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Cultural anthropology, Design, Psychology|
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