Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Lorem Ipsum: Language and Its Nonmeanings
by Goodman, Kaylen E., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2019, 60; 13806655
Abstract (Summary)

Words are a human medium for relaying any and all psychic states, from mundane to profound, and as a medium of description language also is considered an archetype. In the practice of psychotherapy the practitioner and client must find common linguistic ground in order to collaborate effectively and facilitate the therapeutic process. This thesis utilizes hermeneutic, alchemical hermeneutic, and heuristic methodologies— interweaving mythology, philosophy, psychology, and literature—as a means of emphasizing the poetic nature of the soul and a multifaceted approach to what James Hillman referred to as "soul-making." The research is guided by the principal question: How does language shift the imaginative landscape and deepen experience? Hermes is present in this work as a mythological figure as well as the archetypal representation of shape-shifting, uncertainty, and the ability to move in and out of literal and nonliteral realms, emphasizing the importance of metaphor in the therapeutic encounter.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wolf, Michele
Commitee: Jacobson, Gioia, Steffora, Thomas
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy, Counseling Psychology, Sociolinguistics, Language
Keywords: Hermes, Hillman, Language, Metaphor, Nietzsche, Trickster
Publication Number: 13806655
ISBN: 9781392046302
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