Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Demagoguery and Narcissism in the Contemporary American Collective: A Depth Psychological Perspective
by Buchman, Joseph P., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2018, 62; 10750270
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis asks whether discerning the depth psychology dynamics present during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election can illuminate the condition of the contemporary American collective and thereby inform the process of individuation through the practice of psychotherapy. Utilizing an hermeneutic dialogue among several depth psychology theories, including those of Freud, Jung, and Kohut, this thesis seeks to reach a cogent explanation for how demagoguery and narcissism affected the American collective during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Applying the depth psychology theories reviewed herein to the condition and behavior of the American collective during the 2016 election provides an exemplar of how those theories conceptualize human behavior. Further, clinical benefits are gained by understanding how the collective mirrors the individual’s unconscious, thereby aiding the clinician to comprehend and address the anxiety, anger, and depression presented in the consulting room.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Walling, Joanna
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: Social psychology, Political science, Psychology
Keywords: Authoritarian, Crowd, Repression, Selfobject, Shadow, Trump
Publication Number: 10750270
ISBN: 978-0-355-86861-6
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