Compulsive habits are symptoms of an underlying conflict. Because habits are usually benign, they are easily disregarded as merely symptoms of nervous tension. Habits are often directed toward the body and referred to as body-focused repetitive behaviors. Rooted in the author’s own experience as a compulsive hair twister, this thesis utilizes hermeneutic and heuristic methodologies to examine the behavioral and psychological specifics that constitute the hair twisting habit. However, the habitual behavior is only half of the symptom. In hair twisting, the rhythmic twisting and knotting of the hair is always accompanied by a brooding, pensive reverie and a vacuous gaze. This gesture is a recurring image that appears throughout artwork and mythology, providing the archetypal backdrop that perpetuates the hair twisting habit. Thus when looked at more aesthetically, habits and their heavy mood reflect an internal drama within which the afflicted is unconsciously playing a part.
|Advisor:||Taylor, C.D., Altman, Avrom|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
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