Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Triangular Trouble: A Phenomenological Exploration of Jealousy’s Archetypal Nature in Polyamorous Individuals
by Hamilton, Jolene Emily, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2020, 250; 27743962
Abstract (Summary)

Jealousy is typically understood as destructive and to be avoided. This research examined jealousy within polyamory, a relationship situation which virtually guarantees it must be dealt with openly and directly. Lived experiences of jealousy and polyamory were explored through interpretative phenomenological analysis from a depth psychological perspective. Jealousy was understood by participants normal, typical, and as an indicator of the value one places on a particular relationship. Additionally, jealousy was viewed as an opportunity to engage in self-responsibility for emotional responses. Participants experienced jealousy not only as fearful and negative but also an opportunity for creative, soulful engagement, particularly when mono-normative relationship ideals were questioned through personal introspection. Thus, a hypothesis of jealousy as a neutral, archetypal pattern is posited as jealousy is reimagined into a many-faceted experience utilizing a mythopoetic lens. Relationship exclusivity is examined as a cultural norm growing from a psychological need for a bond with one’s earliest caregiver and love object. Compersion, the feeling of joy for another’s joy and an emotion practically unnamed outside of polyamory, emerged as a key factor to integrate jealousy’s challenge to the ego’s survival instinct. The polyamorous label is a multifarious one involving a complex process of identity exploration. When polyamory is no longer monogamy’s opposite, both are re-visioned as forms of intimacy among a multitude of relationship models.

Keywords: jealousy, polyamory, ethical non-monogamy, compersion, multiple-intimacies model, relationship structure, mononormativity, envy, soul, archetype

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Blandin, Kesstan
Commitee: Blandin, Kesstan, Mozol, Ana, Moore, Thomas
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 81/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Sexuality, Social psychology
Keywords: Archetype, Compersion, Ethical non-monogomy, Jealousy, Multiple-intimacies model, Polyamory
Publication Number: 27743962
ISBN: 9781658470643
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