Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Viewing Dissociative Identity Disorder through a Jungian lens
by Vincent, Christian, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2010, 96; 1489804
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis attempts to provide a bridge between the worlds of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Carl Jung’s (1983) complex theory. Furthermore, trauma theory is discussed in its connection to DID. Each alter personality typically found in DID has been equated to Jung’s concept of complexes and archetypes. A parallel is also made between Jung’s (1957/1981) idea of the transcendent function and the integration process for a multiple personality. The idea behind making this parallel is to offer a reframing of DID from pathological to non-pathological. Phenomenological research was conducted for this thesis. Several interviews were completed with individuals who have experienced various stages of DID from being recently diagnosed to full integration of alter personalities. Lastly, an interview was completed with a Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked in the field of DID for more than 30 years. The questions posed to these individuals are designed to reflect a deeper understanding of the disorder beyond the pathological view as well as to highlight the similarities between DID alters and Jungian complexes and archetypes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Miller, Kathee
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Clinical psychology, Personality psychology
Publication Number: 1489804
ISBN: 978-1-124-43311-0
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