Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Redeeming the Shadow of the Self: A Depth Psychological Cross-cultural Investigation of the Foreshadow Archetype
by Odhner, Dylan Craig, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2019, 331; 27542880
Abstract (Summary)

More than any of his other archetypal forms, C. G. Jung’s conception of the shadow has found a permanent place within popular culture. But whether it manifests bodily as a shadow-figure or permeates the conscious world in the form of a shadow-realm, the Jungian shadow is presumed to be a negative and even sinister archetypal force. In fact, it is precisely these negative qualities that are now used to identify shadow figures within myths, folk tales, works of literature, and other narratives.

This dissertation sheds light on an overlooked archetypal presence which I call the Foreshadow. The Foreshadow archetype represents the theoretical ideal of what the shadow can be: still dark, wild, and hairy, but not sinister or frightening. Through a depth psychological and cross-cultural study of figures who embody this Foreshadow archetype—including John the Baptist, Merlin, al-Khidr, Hanuman, Siddhartha and others—this dissertation lays out a constellation of symbols and narrative elements particular to the Foreshadow, much as Jung did in Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self. Embraced by its ego-figure, the Foreshadow is what the shadow always wishes to be; not the lurking enemy of the undeveloped ego, but rather, the devoted servant of the transcendent ego, helping it along the path of individuation which leads ultimately to an era-defining symbol of the Self.

Keywords: C. G. Jung, depth psychology, Foreshadow, shadow, archetype of the Self, John the Baptist, Merlin, Khidr, Hanuman, Siddhartha

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mahaffey, Patrick
Commitee: Mahaffey, Patrick, White, Dana, Reineck, Lydia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Mythological Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Comparative literature, Folklore, Biblical studies
Keywords: C. G. Jung, Depth Psychology, Foreshadow, John the Baptist, Merlin, Shadow
Publication Number: 27542880
ISBN: 9781392870624
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