Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Honoring the Feminine: The Path to a Conscious Masculine
by Laffey, Barbara Joy, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2019, 195; 13901414
Abstract (Summary)

This phenomenological hermeneutic dissertation explores what it means to honor the feminine as a path to the conscious masculine and a direct experience of inner marriage. This study identifies characteristics and dynamics of the feminine and masculine aspects of our inner selves and the creative interplay between them, demonstrating how honoring the feminine in daily life can positively impact both the inner landscape and the outer world. These concepts are equally relevant for all genders: women, men, non-binary, and non-gendered individuals. The foundation for this work is a private conversation that took place between the author and Marion Woodman, in which Woodman stated, “The only way I know to engage the masculine is by going deeper into the feminine.” This dissertation is the author’s personal exploration of that dynamic. The research utilizes a Jungian approach focused through a feminist lens, supported by intuitive, imaginal, and somatic ways of knowing. The research methodology includes a close reading of segments from the author’s memoir, demonstrating both conscious and unconscious choices that either did or did not honor the feminine, and analyzes the results of those choices. A reflective component reports on the author’s writing process, which struggled to honor the feminine within the context of a patriarchal work ethos. Findings identify ways to honor the feminine through the heart, feelings, inner guidance, and somatic awareness. Social and cultural implications and implications for depth psychology are identified.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mozol, Ana
Commitee: Schul, Jeanne M., Dickson, Elinor
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Womens studies, Individual & family studies, Social psychology
Keywords: Conscious masculine, Feminine, Inner marriage, Marion Woodman, Patriarchy, Rape culture
Publication Number: 13901414
ISBN: 9781085597074
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