Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Conflict Transformation and the Evolution of Consciousness
by Goettinger, Viva, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2011, 116; 1496170
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores the nature of conflict and consciousness from a Jungian perspective. It investigates the theory that the transformation of conflict can contribute to the evolution of consciousness, which is defined as an expanded awareness of the true nature of the relationship between one‘s inner and outer worlds. This proposal is based on the Jungian perspective that an individual‘s experience of conflict is a result of projection and the tension of the opposites, and that the synthesis of these opposites enables one to experience the underlying connectedness of reality.

The selected research methodology is the phenomenological approach. Three conflict practitioners who work with conflict at the individual, interpersonal, and group levels are interviewed. The most fundamental points of agreement are that external conflict is a manifestation of internal conflict through the mechanism of projection, that internal conflict arises out of the struggle between opposing things, and that the experience of holding and allowing the tension of the opposites can lead to an expansion of consciousness in some cases.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boyd, Barbara
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Peace Studies, Counseling Psychology
Publication Number: 1496170
ISBN: 9781124729237
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