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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Welcoming the Wild: Eros and the Creative Process
by Nicolette, Odile, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012, 143; 1507871
Abstract (Summary)

Only a powerful force can engender soul in art making and depth psychology. Using heuristic and artistic-creative methodologies to inquire into a genuine engagement with the artistic-creative process and its relationship to Self and soul, reveals that power as Eros. The artistic-creative process allows for reconnection with one's deepest self, and an experience of being at home with oneself and the world. By cultivating a Hestia-like presence in one's psyche, unconscious aspects are welcomed and ushered into immanence and autonomy. Healing occurs by nurturing archetypal unconscious aspects as creative instincts rooted in the wild, untamed elements of the psyche and offering them acceptance and expression. The inquiry identified eight stages of the artistic-creative process, which parallel the stages of love relationships and the psychotherapeutic process. Clinical applications include welcoming the wild and invoking Hestia in psychotherapy, supporting midlife creativity, and cultivating relationships with images.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fontelieu, Sukey
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Counseling Psychology
Publication Number: 1507871
ISBN: 978-1-267-23284-7
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