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.
|Commitee:||Elliot, Jemma, Steffora, Thomas|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|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|
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