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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Lone Wolves in a Cold Winter: A Depth Perspective on U.S. Males
by Braxton, Hilary M., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2020, 64; 27739429
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wolf, Michele
Commitee: Wolf, Michele, Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
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
Publication Number: 27739429
ISBN: 9781658496162
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