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Making Life Beautiful: The Power of Phantasia in and for Psychotherapy
by Crowley, Ryan P., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2018, 69; 10751219
Abstract (Summary)

Depth psychology, as a tradition originating from Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, today differentiates itself from other practices of counseling psychology by claiming a special focus upon the soul and its experience of imagination. But the study of philosophy shows how the tenets of depth psychology are problematic—the anima mundi is a misunderstanding that brings about significant consequences for the practice of psychotherapy. This thesis undertakes a hermeneutic methodology by examining particular writings from philosophers Gotthold E. Lessing and Soren Kierkegaard. These works indicate the problematic character of thought that is not in accord with the beautiful, whereby a question is raised regarding how a psychotherapy that is informed by philosophy might make human life more beautiful. At the basis of these themes is the account of noetic heterogeneity and phantasia (“appearing”) in Aristotle’s De Anima, which is examined in relation to Michael Elliott’s new psychotherapy of Philosophic Psychology.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elliott, Michael
Commitee: Elliot, Jemma, Steffora, Thomas
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy, Counseling Psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Archetypal psychology, Depth psychology, Hillman, James, Philosophic psychology, Philosophy, Strauss, Leo
Publication Number: 10751219
ISBN: 978-0-355-86870-8
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