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Schizophrenia: A Breakdown in the Dialogical Process of Making Truth
by Ryan, Cate, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2018, 64; 10749955
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores schizophrenia from a depth psychological and neuropsychological perspective with the goal of contributing to understanding the experience of schizophrenia and improving its treatment, thereby helping to relieve the helpless feelings of both people in the counseling room. It addresses the research question: How can schizophrenia be explained as a metaphor for the experience of an inability to tolerate the conflicting dichotomies between The Real and The Imaginary? Using an alchemical hermeneutic methodology, the research weaves together the author’s clinical work with Lacanian theory, the work of psychoanalyst Darian Leader, Jungian analyst James Hillman’s concept of pathologizing, and the trauma theory of Donald Kalsched. Drawing on these theorists and current neuroscientific findings, the author works toward an equilibrium between the conscious and unconscious mind in a dialogical process of finding and giving meaning to the experience of schizophrenia through metaphors and the alchemy of language.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jacobson, Gioia, Koehn, Allen
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Clinical psychology, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Darian Leader, Jung, Carl, Lacan, Jacques, Schizophrenia
Publication Number: 10749955
ISBN: 978-0-355-86858-6
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