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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Love Ends Suffering: An Integration of Spirituality and Psychotherapy
by Recht, Eli, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2020, 69; 27738207
Abstract (Summary)

Utilizing hermeneutic and alchemical hermeneutic methodologies, this thesis explores the potential of love in psychotherapy for alleviating suffering in the client. The definitions of and relationship between suffering and love are examined through the lenses of spirituality, principally Yogic, and psychotherapy, specifically the theories of Freud, Jung, and Rogers. Commonalities of the two traditions emerge, united through essential qualities of love: relationship, awareness, acceptance, and oneness. Psychotherapy is revealed as a system of love that alleviates suffering. These findings illuminate the need to integrate spirituality and psychotherapy and emphasize the importance of each individual’s inner journey of self-realization. A five-step psychospiritual method of love for alleviating suffering is presented for practice individually and therapeutically. The steps—awareness, acceptance, being, energy, and doing—guide the reader through important concepts such as soul, ego, fear, unconscious, defense mechanisms, archetypes, pain, pleasure, emotions, core conditions, presence, self-actualizing tendency, intuition, compassion, and individuation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boyd, Barbara
Commitee: Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/8(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Spirituality, Therapy
Keywords: Defense Mechanisms, Integration, Love, Psychotherapy, Spirituality, Suffering
Publication Number: 27738207
ISBN: 9781658410700
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