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Searching for a Post-Jungian Psychophysical Reality in Recovery from Addiction
by Eggers, Monica von, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2017, 234; 10620006
Abstract (Summary)

This phenomenological study used a qualitative, hermeneutic analysis to explore the lived experiences of the moments of psychological change in five women and one man recovering from alcoholism. Interviews with the participants were coded thematically and analyzed in relation to a psychic movement that initiated sobriety. The data were compared to the process of transformation in the myth of Inanna–Queen of heaven and earth as a metaphor for psychic movement. Jung’s concepts of matter, spirit, and the psychoid function of the archetype were explored through a Post-Jungian approach, which also incorporated current research in neuroscience. Based on the analysis, the results suggest the psychoid nature of the archetype to be a function of an organically anchored archetype/primordial image analogous to implicit, dormant neural ensembles/representations in the body. These underlying representations or images activate cognitive/spirit and emotional/matter processes, and energy charges ideas, emotions, and feelings, either separately or together. Images are then released, producing cognitive and/or emotional responses. The analysis revealed that ambiguous energy charges are responsible for less complete cognitive, emotional, or feeling images, observable in unfinished sentences, phrases, words, and pauses in narration. The analysis also discovered how spiritual material supports the suggestion that cognitive and emotional processes are present at the same time in a psychophysical process releasing images, which produce thoughts, emotions, and feelings. The findings also indicate that raising awareness of how these cognitive, emotional, and feeling images interchangeably play a role in recovery could be a therapeutically beneficial approach when working with recovering addicts.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lewis, Christine
Commitee: Palmer-Daley, Jean, Schoen, David
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Depth Psychotherapy
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 79/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Physiological psychology
Keywords: Addiction, Depth psychology, Myth, Neuroscience, Post-jungian
Publication Number: 10620006
ISBN: 978-0-355-16494-7
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