Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Toward an Integral Approach to Understanding and Healing Trauma
by Grau Batlle, Marta, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2018, 229; 13424261
Abstract (Summary)

Situated at the interface of the fields of trauma, psychology, and spirituality, this dissertation develops an integral approach to understanding and healing of trauma. Contemporary trauma research suggests that Western psychological models lack adequate understanding of the role of spirituality in trauma. This dissertation should be considered a search for such an epistemology. Sri Aurobindo’s integral psychology provides a theoretical framework within which the indivisible existential and transcendental aspects of trauma may be understood in a body–mind–psyche–spirit continuum. By adopting an integrative hermeneutic methodological approach this dissertation will seek to overcome the limitations of the way trauma is understood in mainstream psychology and psychiatry. This dissertation offers a preliminary framework towards the formulation of a whole-person approach to trauma uniquely positioned to address the multidimensionality of trauma, the diversity of responses to traumatic events and uniqueness of individuals’ healing and self-integration process. This dissertation proposes that two important aspects of integral psychology, the psychic being (evolving soul) and psychic transformation are the keys to this healing process toward wholeness.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shirazi, Bahman A.K.
Commitee: Chalquist, Craig, Grant, Robert
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: East-West Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 80/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Aurobindo, Sri, Integral psychology, Psychic being, Trauma studies
Publication Number: 13424261
ISBN: 9780438762244
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