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Autobiographical insights into the spiritual psychologies of Jung and Bion
by Gossett, James Max, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2009, 186; 3475544
Abstract (Summary)

The autobiographical material of Carl Gustave Jung (1875–1961) and Wilfred Ruprecht Bion (1897–1979) are essential to the understanding of how they arrived at their theoretical positions. Jung and Bion followed Freud's initial exploration of the unconscious to become psychological theorists who share an appreciation for transformation in the life of a Self. Their autobiographies provide narrative insights into depth psychology with respect to the questions of being each faced. Jung lived into personal myth to uncover the essentialness of individuation in the process of human wholeness. Bion lived into personal reverie as he opened depression into the possibilities of transformation that he terms, 'O'. Jung and Bion share a psychological faith in the work of transformation and this study examines and compares how that relates to ego, self, transcendence, and autobiography. This dialogical hermeneutic research provides a comparison of the two analytic thinkers grounded in the poesis of autobiography to reveal healing stories. For Jung this carries into the union of opposites while for Bion there emerges an ontological analytic theory. This extends into a one act play featuring the one central character that is a link between Jung and Bion, Samuel Beckett. Beckett was analyzed by Bion and inspired by Jung at a lecture Bion took him to in London. This play follows the possibility of what might have happened had they all met and includes the Jungian analyst, Toni Wolff. Autobiography in Jung suggests personal myth and in Bion it suggests beauty as a Kantian aesthetic. Jung and Bion speak from psyche in autobiography revealing the essence of their theoretical approaches. It is this genuineness that makes autobiography a research tool.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Denney, Mike
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 72/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Biographies, Philosophy, Psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Aesthetics, Autobiography, Bion, Wilfred Ruprecht, Hermeneutics, Individuation, Jung, Carl G., Spiritual psychology
Publication Number: 3475544
ISBN: 978-1-124-88421-9
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