Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Resilience: A Transformative Process Explored Through Expressive Arts, Positive Thinking, and the Myth of Persephone
by Whitney, Deborah J., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2020, 86; 27740142
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis is a personal exploration of how expressive arts can aid in revealing unconscious aspects of the Self, foster resilience and positive thinking, and act as a coping mechanism for childhood trauma and as a means of self-discovery and transformation. The research delves into the aspects of the myth of Persephone and its contribution to building resilience by providing a model, an archetype to gain personal insight and inner strength. The methodologies for investigation of this topic are heuristic, alchemical hermeneutic, and artistic-creative, which are intertwined with one another. Care is taken to study the process of creating and the creative pieces, the combination of which has led to personal discoveries and growth and has application to the therapeutic context.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pottenger, Rebecca
Commitee: Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/9(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Mental health, Therapy
Keywords: Expressive arts, Healing, Persephone, Positive thinking, Resilience, Transformation
Publication Number: 27740142
ISBN: 9781658496179
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