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.
|Commitee:||Jacobson, Gioia, Steffora, Tom|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Attachment theory, Greek mythology, Hestia, Holding environment, Home, Psychotherapy|
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