Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Archetype of Initiation: A Physical Manifestation Through Psychically Co-created Trauma
by Smith, Vanessa N., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2018, 68; 10748084
Abstract (Summary)

Ritualized initiations are explored as having an important role in the breakdown of ego that is necessary for the growth and integration of components of the self once hidden in the shadows of the unconscious. In the modern world, the drive for linear growth and financial conquest has broken connection to archetypal, spiritual, and mythical guidance as well as to the numinous experiences that allow transformation. Through heuristic methodology, both depth psychological literature as well as broader media are considered to determine the importance of initiation for psychic growth and how a lost connection affects recent generations. This work shows that through the psychotherapeutic process, the therapist can provide the stage needed for a client in a transitional phase of life to safely break down and rebuild the ego structure necessary to move toward individuation.

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
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Philosophy, Counseling Psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Archetype, Initiation, Phase of life, Psychology, Ritual, Trauma
Publication Number: 10748084
ISBN: 9780355880212
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