Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The numinous on Russian soil: A depth psychological interpretation of religious experience in “The Brothers Karamazov”
by Weisblatt, Beverly Hansen, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2010, 109; 1484351
Abstract (Summary)

Individuation is a key concept within depth psychology that encompasses both psychological healing and spiritual incarnation. Jung conceived of the religious function as a central component of this process. He believed the loss of a living religion in modern times to be a problem of individual psychological health and of society. This hermeneutic study examines how the experiential and imaginal manifestations of religious experience as elucidated by Jung are dramatized by the characters Dostoevsky brought to life, who passionately and poetically manifest the dynamics of the archetype of individuation.

Several episodes of Dostoevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov (1880/2003) are examined to see how Dostoevsky’s conception of religious experience allies with that of depth psychology. A review of the literature demonstrates commonalities in Jung’s and Dostoevsky’s key religious ideas. This comparative examination reveals the role of spirituality in human life and broadens appreciation for religion in the depth-oriented clinical practice.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elsner, Thomas
Commitee:
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Slavic literature, Religion, Psychology
Keywords: Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, Russia
Publication Number: 1484351
ISBN: 9781109702248
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