Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Playing in Virtual Spaces: Radical Emergence within Technologically Embodied Generations
by Arkfeld, Allison Danielle, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2018, 70; 10746102
Abstract (Summary)

Technology has been integrated into the modern era and continues to influence society, culture, and the individual. The digital influence has left a split in its wake that affects intergenerational relationships, value constructs, self-development, and the aesthetics of attachment. The paradigm that dominates the majority of psychological theory and practice is functioning from metanarrative models that are being rejected by younger generations. Using a hermeneutic method, this thesis explores the inception and continuing radical emergence of the technological self. Winnicott’s theory of transitional objects and potential space, along with Kaufman’s quantum physics theory of radical emergence, are utilized to reveal how the Internet and digital devices function to fulfill the needs of Millennials and Generation Zers. Psychoanalysis is facing the demand to attend to the shifts and gaps between traditional, dominant therapy models and the millennial self that has become technologically embodied.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koehn, Allen
Commitee: Elliot, Jemma, Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Quantum physics, Counseling Psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Attachment, Digital, Internet, Millennials, Transitional space, Winnicott
Publication Number: 10746102
ISBN: 978-0-355-86769-5
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