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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The dream of Moses and the atom: Jungian perspectives on dissociation and integration
by Anderson, Cynthia, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2011, 117; 1492934
Abstract (Summary)

Dissociation is a state of psychological fragmentation where conscious continuity has been disrupted and the cohesion of the personality has metaphorically been split or fractured. Integration or assimilation of disconnected psychic fragments into a continuous, unified whole is considered to be, and experienced as, a state of well-being and psychological health. Beginning with Jung’s theories on the nature and development of consciousness, the implications and effects of these contradistinctive psychic dynamics are explored. The concept of trauma is identified as the experience and agent of intrapsychic splitting, as well as the potential initiator of psychic regeneration.

Hermeneutic methodology is employed to examine various theoretical texts to expand and supplement a Jungian understanding of the relational dynamics between dissociation and integration. Seen through the imagery of a personal dream, this thesis posits that dissociation and integration are mutually occurring and simultaneous actions through which the emergent self is revealed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Katsky, Patricia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Epistemology, Metaphysics, Counseling Psychology
Publication Number: 1492934
ISBN: 978-1-124-59014-1
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