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With One Hand in My Pocket: An Exploration of Individuation With Visible Physical Anomaly
by Walker, Michael Lon, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2011, 118; 1504565
Abstract (Summary)

The American culture perpetuates sameness placing emphasis on acceptable intellect, behavior, and physical body. Ideologies exist which undermine the strengths and knowledge that could be derived from individuals with unique qualities. Whether uniqueness is of the mind, body, or spirit, resilience and adaptability are often discounted. Within depth psychology, reframing is available for individuals as well as the collective for healthful psychological healing and growth.

Born with a significant visible physical anomaly, the author's personal experience of development and reach toward individuation offers a unique viewing of, and perspective for, additional developmental challenges. Whether a child is born with or acquires a visible physical anomaly, integration of resilience and adaptability offers views from a road less travelled. The author's work, incorporating a qualitative methodology with a heuristic model, explores the experiences of individuals opening a window to the beauty and gifts of uniqueness—beauty and gifts from the visible physical anomaly itself.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ferrari, Diana M.
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Developmental psychology
Publication Number: 1504565
ISBN: 978-1-124-99873-2
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