Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Alchemical Healing Function of Persona
by Frysh, Daniel Joel Gerald, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012, 80; 1509809
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis take a heuristic approach in examining the role of the persona as a tool for healing beyond the diagnostic function that it is typically assigned. In this work, persona is viewed as a concretized form of the archetypal dance. The psyche is considered an alchemical instrument, and the persona is understood to be an integral part of the process of alchemy. In a relatively psychologically healthy individual, the personality is understood to be composed of multiple archetypes in communication and integrated with one another. The Buddhist practice of Chöd is explored as a means to reintegrate disowned archetypal aspects of the persona, which can lead to psychological growth in the individual. The concepts and principles upon which this thesis is based are explored both through existing theory and with an artistic-creative methodology that illustrates personal psychological growth.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fontelieu, Sukey
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Publication Number: 1509809
ISBN: 978-1-267-25188-6
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