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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Revenge of the self on the self
by Trechter, Mark, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2011, 91; 1492832
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
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
Publication Number: 1492832
ISBN: 978-1-124-56723-5
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