Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Understanding the Invisible Boy: Finding the Lost Male Voice
by Jefferys, Thomas, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2018, 62; 10751324
Abstract (Summary)

This work explores the limiting beliefs that modern American man is surrounded by that create suffering and isolation for him. Utilizing heuristic and hermeneutic methodologies, this thesis leans into the primary feelings of anger, guilt, and shame typically expressed by American males. It examines how these feelings came to the forefront of his expressions and how he can allow himself to find ways to safely express the other feelings repressed inside him. Just as the blind man when given a matzo turned it over and over, examining it with his fingers and exclaiming “who wrote this?”, this thesis suggests new interpretations regarding how males express themselves. Through awareness of the value of rituals and metaphors, this natural language of men can serve as a beginning toward his feeling safe in expressing his repressed feelings. This thesis tempts the reader to see beyond the mask of the American male

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elliot, Michael, Elliot, Jemma
Commitee:
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Psychology, Gender studies
Keywords: Anger, Beliefs, Guilt, Metaphors, Rituals, Shame
Publication Number: 10751324
ISBN: 9780355868722
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