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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Reflections on the vicissitudes of love
by Nichols, Leslie Ann, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2007, 258; 3302071
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation presents a hermeneutic theoretical discussion of love as it pertains to the person of the therapist and the therapeutic setting. What is not really discussed in the field of depth psychology is the concept of the importance of therapists' attitudes toward love; both in their personal lives and the subsequent theoretical implications. The purpose of this study is to discuss love as a psychological idea and to evaluate its relevance to the practice of psychotherapy. Love is explored and illuminated as it affects personal, collective, and therapeutic endeavors. A study of love in the therapeutic relationship engages the reader to consider the preeminence of the topic of love, a topic that has been marginalized far too long.

Love is explored through the prisms of classical Greek mythology, historical psychoanalysis, current psychoanalytical theoretical positions in the psychoanalytic community, archetypal psychology, and personal reflections presented as reveries. The vantage point provided by various approaches to love from throughout history and the literature of depth psychology allows love to take center stage in this work.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Coppin, Joseph
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 69/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychotherapy
Keywords: Archetypal psychology, Attachment, Attachment theory, Hermeneutic theoretical discussion of clinical love, Love, Love in therapy, Psychoanalysis, Therapist love
Publication Number: 3302071
ISBN: 978-0-549-47490-6
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