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Record identifier : 569838
Personal Name - Primary Intelectual Responsibility : Shapiro, Mary Rima
Title and statement of responsibility : Violence and the American psyche: An archetypal understanding of violence and its Titantic inheritance [Thesis]
Publication, Distribution,Etc. : Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2006
Language of the Item : eng
Dissertation of thesis details and type of degree : Ph.D.
Body granting the degree : , Pacifica Graduate Institute
Summary or Abstract : Violence has pervaded American culture with a gripping influence, from its inception as a new land of opportunity to its rise to power as a leading industrial nation. Acts of violence in the form of the willful killing of one human being by another are a peculiarly American phenomenon within the context of other developed countries. This theoretical study offers an alternative psychological perspective to the popular assumptions within the disciplines of psychology and the social sciences and argues for recognition of a third factor. Neither inherited, as genetic theories would suggest, nor determined by outside influence, as sociological perspectives would indicate, this third factor which I explored using a hermeneutic approach and the principles of archetypal psychology, reveals a new understanding of American violence. According to Jung and Hillman, archetypes are autonomous psychic energies that determine human experience and behavior and are given essential representation in mythology. The focus of this examination is the mythological figures of the Titans. Crude, colossal, and violent in the extreme, the Titans provide a model for understanding unconscious patterns of violence in America. Throughout the historical development of the nation and in contemporary American society, the propensity for violence can be understood within the context of the "Titanic complex." A close examination of the mythological stories of these Pre-Olympian gods portrays a pattern of excess, consumerism, hubris, lack of imagination, and violence that is reflected in the American culture and psyche. Recognition and increased consciousness of this age-old pattern of human behavior is offered as a remedy to loosen its stronghold and reduce its influence. This research indicates the significance for clinical practice of realizing the influence of archetypal Titanism and its representation in primary process. Awareness of Titanic energies in the consulting room uncovers the pervasive expression of this archetypal configuration in a wide range of symptoms and psychiatric diagnoses. Development of imagination and reflection provides an antidote to succumbing to these powerful and deadly forces..
Topical Name Used as Subject : Psychotherapy
Information of biblio record : TL
 
 
 
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