Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

What is the Lived Experience of Self-Realization: A Philosophic Hermeneutic Study
by Petrosyan, Edgar, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2019, 153; 13805712
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation utilizes Merleau-Ponty’s theory of the Flesh and Jung’s theory of self-realization as a way to integrate the gained understanding into the current approach of psychotherapy as an altered attitude for the treatment of the psyche. The theories of Flesh and self-realization are used to approach a fundamental drive that leads to pathologies and wider consciousness (Merleau-Ponty, 2012; Jung, 1928/1977). This allows for the treatment of the psyche in consideration of this natural drive that enables the client’s transformation toward wholeness through the individuation process (Jung, 1959/1969, 1928/1977, 1951/1978). The Flesh is described by Merleau-Ponty as an elemental general manner of “being” (Merleau-Ponty, 1968), while self-realization is described by Jung as wholeness. This philosophic hermeneutic research recognizes the importance of gaining greater understanding of the phenomenon of self-realization. Merleau-Ponty and Jung understood the significance that opposites and their relationship with one another play in this developmental process, that is, reversibility and tension of opposites (Merleau-Ponty, 2012; Jung, 1928/1977). Jung’s depth psychological and Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological understanding of the symbol’s capacity synthesize the opposites, thereby widening consciousness ultimately to self-realization are presented.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Panajian, Avedis
Commitee: Andrichuk, Lyudmila, Sloan, Lisa
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 80/07/(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Epistemology, Psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Drive, Flesh, Individuation, Reversibility, Self-realization, Time
Publication Number: 13805712
ISBN: 9780438889248
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