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.
|Commitee:||Walling, Joanna, Jacobson, Gioia|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|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|
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