Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Dancing with Electra: A model for depth psychotherapy
by Hoffman, Jemma A., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2011, 78; 1492873
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis considers the importance of the body in the individuation process of women arrested at a specific stage of psychological development. This stage, characteristic of adolescence and similar to the Jungian puella aeterna archetype, results from a failure to resolve parental complexes and is typified by the character of Electra in classical Greek tragedy. Utilizing phenomenological and heuristic methodologies, this thesis posits that the raw archetypal chaos of a contemporary Electra can be integrated in a new healing paradigm through bridging psyche and soma, depth psychology and authentic movement. Examples from the author's personal and clinical experiences are used to illustrate the importance of integration, and the cycles and behaviors which conflict with this goal are outlined. A dance-based model of integration is proposed which includes Jungian analysis and dreamwork in conjunction with a body-based healing methodology, specifically 5Rhythms® dance. Opportunities for incorporation into Jungian analysis are proposed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koehn, Allen
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Classical studies, Folklore, Clinical psychology
Publication Number: 1492873
ISBN: 978-1-124-57714-2
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