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Polyamory and Polytheistic Psychology: Emergent Archetypal Dynamics of the Structure of the Psyche
by Popkin, Ryan, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2018, 56; 10748961
Abstract (Summary)

The anima and animus are central concepts in Jungian psychology and play important roles in individuation, gender identity and presentation, and the experience and development of love and relationships. Although they are important concepts, the anima and animus (collectively called the syzygy) are limited in their capability to describe the psyche of many individuals who do not meet expectations set in place by current hegemonic normativity. Rather, the Jungian concept of the syzygy reflects a structured archetypal pattern that has emerged from a crystallization of archetypal constellations. This thesis uses hermeneutics to examine how emerging relationship configurations and dynamics in polyamorous relationships reflect and contribute to emergent archetypal patterns and dynamics. In doing so, this thesis suggests a reconceptualization of the syzygy drawing on concepts from polytheistic psychology, archetypal emergence, and other sources of knowledge.

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: Counseling Psychology, Psychology, Clinical psychology, Personality psychology
Keywords: Anima/animus, Archetypal emergence, Jung, Monogomy, Polyamory, Post-Jungian
Publication Number: 10748961
ISBN: 978-0-355-86788-6
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