Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Healing the wounded feeling function: Through the Handless Maiden, the Fisher King, and clinical hypnosis
by Hays, Johanna T., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2009, 93; 1481571
Abstract (Summary)

The imaginal characters of the Fisher King and the Handless Maiden (Johnson, 1993) resonate deeply with those who have suffered developmental wounds and as adults, experience a wounded feeling function. These two tales are analyzed throughout this qualitative thesis incorporating heuristic and case study methodologies, and utilizing hypnotherapy techniques. Fairy tales and myths resonate at a deep and unconscious level because they become a metaphoric mirror in which the self seeks authenticity. They tell a collective story that crosses over cultures and eras, and connects individuals to a comforting larger legend. Hypnosis allows reframing through access of the subconscious. When used in conjunction with psychotherapy, hypnosis acts as an amplifier and accelerator of the therapeutic experience. This multi-modal therapeutic approach allows a healing, which creates a multi-dimensional range of experience, providing individuals with new ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Altman, Avrom, Wallner, Lou Ann
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School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Developmental psychology, Clinical psychology
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Publication Number: 1481571
ISBN: 9781109656459
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