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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Duende of the Sacred Heart: A Depth Perspective on Instincts, Archetypes, and the Opioid Crisis
by Hurst, Tanya K., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2020, 73; 27829749
Abstract (Summary)

Using an alchemical hermeneutical approach combined with heuristic research, the thesis explores the roots of preconscious trauma and opioid use disorder as a symptom to escape unbearable emotional suffering related to a complex relationship between the death instinct and maternal nurturance. Opioid use is explored as a compensatory though ill contained incubation ritual akin to healing traditions of the Asclepian cult in ancient Greece. The research illustrates a distinctly Jungian depth perspective on the duende of the real relationship in the psychotherapeutic alliance and its efficacy in facilitating a reconciliation with the Self that allows one to experience belonging, conscious embodiment, and a renewed enchantment with life that sustains long-term recovery. Collective trauma is explored in relation to the unique precipice in which we find ourselves in the 21st century as we face the 6th Great Extinction.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gonella, Elisabeth
Commitee: Walling, Joanna, Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/11(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Spirituality, Behavioral psychology
Keywords: Archetypal, Asclepian, Consciousness, Dream, Instinct, Jungian
Publication Number: 27829749
ISBN: 9798641843605
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