Through an alchemical hermeneutic and hermeneutic exploration, the author of this thesis questions and explores the ways in which men and boys in the United States are socialized and asks what the repercussions of this socialization may be as well as how these effects may be addressed collectively and clinically. In this regard, aspects such as masculinity, mental health, shame, and the Jungian concept of the anima are presented and analyzed to increase an understanding of the unique struggles men and boys in the United States are facing. A new approach, grounded in depth psychology, is proposed to tackle these challenges on both collective and individual bases. The author finds that American males face seen and unseen struggles, and shame is a key mechanism at play. A shifted perspective on masculinity is suggested, whereby connection to the anima may be healing, and rituals may solidify these changes.
|Commitee:||Wolf, Michele, Jacobson, Gioia|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/9(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Counseling Psychology, Social psychology, Gender studies|
|Keywords:||Counseling, Depth psychology, Masculinity, Men, Shame, Therapy|
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