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Development and Redevelopment: The Journey Toward the True Self
by Seyer, Taylor M., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2011, 56; 1505015
Abstract (Summary)

The development of the self begins in infancy and is a lifelong process of transformation and re-evaluation. Influences and expectations skew the actualization of the True Self and influence the formation of a False Self. At times, the imbalance of these entities creates discomfort and neurosis. Talented children, often at the mercy of their intuition, adhere to expected roles as a survival tactic to insure love and care, and they commonly experience this imbalance. Utilizing heuristic and artistic-creative methodology, this thesis considers the research of psychoanalysts, the author's personal journey, and the creative healing process to explore self-development. The literature review attends to the concepts of the True and False Selves, neurosis, narcissistic rage, transference, and transformation through psychotherapy. The concept that healing can occur with unconditional love is approached with empirical research and then expressed in the production aspect of the thesis, the author's original song “I'll Stay.”

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Advisor: Fontelieu, Sukey
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Early childhood education, School counseling, Developmental psychology
Publication Number: 1505015
ISBN: 978-1-267-09021-8
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