Using hermeneutical and qualitative methodology, this thesis explores the nature, power, and prevalence of the desire for and execution of revenge in Western culture and within the human psyche. Theories on the dynamics and nature of revenge and its potential benefits, risks, and harm are examined. Examples from literature and the arts along with the author’s subjective experience illustrate the pervasiveness and power of the revenge archetype. Society’s role in enabling and normalizing a revenge mindset is highlighted along with social acceptance of scapegoating and stigmatization. The thesis poses the hypothesis that possession by the revenge archetype can result in unconscious self-sabotage by the individual. The existence of the revenge archetype is found to be significant, causing one unwittingly to inflict unnecessary harm on oneself. Forgiveness is proposed as a solution to the problem of revenge by the self against the self.
|Advisor:||Wallner, Lou Ann|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Social psychology, Psychology|
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