This thesis uses heuristic and alchemical hermeneutic methodologies and a depth psychological perspective to examine the metaphor and experience of tattoo. The history of tattoos and ideas around healing are explored, as well as the author’s own healing and transformation through multiple tattoo experiences. The author’s analysis illustrates how a tattoo may be not only representative of a snapshot of the psyche in a moment in time, but might also move the psyche toward healing through the exploration of the archetypal energy in the image. In addition, the author explores how the modification of the body has the capacity to change the emotional and psychological relationship to one’s body.
|Commitee:||Elliott, Jemma, Steffora, Thomas|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Counseling Psychology, Psychology|
|Keywords:||Body modification, Depth psychology, Images, Psyche, Psychology, Tattoos|
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