Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Shame Complex: A Depth Psychological Exploration of Shame
by Alderson, Taylor, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2018, 61; 10749256
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis is an alchemical hermeneutic exploration of shame from the depth psychological perspective of a complex. Literature is reviewed related to a definition of the shame complex and understanding its etiology and phenomenological and psychological effects. Through a depth psychological analysis of the author’s personal experience, which includes developing and living with a shame complex, the path toward healing shame is realized as the ability to find the courage to uncover and disclose a personal narrative in the presence of an empathetic analyst, who had the competence to contain and bear witness to his client’s story. For the author, this courageous act has allowed a transformative journey from living with the dehumanizing, toxic effects of shame to realizing a healthy, integrated, humanizing, and enriched quality of life.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boyd, Barbara, Elliot, Jemma
Commitee: Elliot, Jemma
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Journalism, Womens studies, Educational psychology, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Complex theory, Healing shame, Shadow, Shame complex, Shame proneness, The false-self
Publication Number: 10749256
ISBN: 978-0-355-86791-6
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