Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Archetype of Home and Secure Attachment to Self and Others: A Foundation for Individuation
by Bell, Whitney S., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2019, 57; 13809210
Abstract (Summary)

Just as every person is unique, each has a unique story of home; a personal home mythology. Home may be seen as a metaphor for self and can represent a person's experience of belonging, especially during childhood. This paper explores the possibility that through aspects of depth psychology, one can engage with home in a manner that provides a deepening experience of self that engenders soul. A more secure attachment to self then provides a foundation for secure attachments to others. This paper is a hermeneutic and heuristic investigation inspired by personal experience into the question: What is the psychological function of engagement with one's imaginal home? This paper also explores the possibility that the function of the archetypal home has something to offer attachment theory and the development of secure attachment. It offers suggestions for mental health clinicians to expand their utilization of themes of home in clinical work.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Miller, Kathee
Commitee: Jacobson, Gioia, Steffora, Tom
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Attachment theory, Greek mythology, Hestia, Holding environment, Home, Psychotherapy
Publication Number: 13809210
ISBN: 978-1-392-15046-7
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