Predicting life satisfaction from psychoanalytic personality theory : an examination of ego integration, quality of object relations, and attachment style /Scarborough, Janet, January 2001 (has links)
Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Texas at Austin, 2001. / Vita. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 164-185). Available also in a digital version from Dissertation Abstracts.
Psychoanalysis, neuropsychiatry, and the mind : a philosophical inquiry in to the contemporary status of psychological explanation /Brendel, David H. January 1999 (has links)
Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Chicago, Dept. of Philosophy, August 1999. / Includes bibliographical references. Also available on the Internet.
Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Texas at Austin, 2008. / Vita. Includes bibliographical references.
Thesis (Ph. D.)--UCLA, 2006. / Vita. Includes bibliographical references.
An enquiry into the psychological meaning of recurrent dreams employing analytical psychology dream theory /Brown, Ronald James. January 1983 (has links)
The psychological significance of recurrent dreams was explored in a multivariate comparison of recurrent, previously-recurrent and non-recurrent dreamers on core psychological well-being and recalled dream content dimensions. Analytical psychology dream theory was employed to generate hypotheses concerning the relationship between recurrent dreams and psychological distress or neuroticism, and the psychological health value held to associate with the resolution of a recurrent dream. Sixty-seven individuals twice completed measures assessing core psychological well-being dimensions and collected a fourteen day time-sample of their remembered dreams. Multivariate and discriminant analyses revealed the clear separability of the comparison groups in the directions predicted by Jung. Recurrent dreamers achieved significantly less adaptive scores on the psychological well-being measures and reported significantly more conflicted and dysphoric dream content. Previously-recurrent dreamers achieved significantly higher psychological well-being scores and reported more thematically and affectively balanced dream content. The results are discussed in terms of insights afforded into the experience (and resolution) of recurrent dreams, and the support generated for core assertions of analytical psychology dream theory concerning the relationship between dreaming and psychological adaptation (individuation).
The purpose of this study is to give an overview of the writings on postmodernism and explores a number of different postmodern constructs. Postmodernism's insistence on the decentred and fragmented nature of the human subject is investigated and challenged. A psychoanalytic solution to the postmodern impasse is suggested and as such, the thesis argues for a reading of a mutual entanglement between postmodernism and psychoanalytic theory and practice by demonstrating their reciprocal influences and strengths. This 'solution' is illustrated by examining an object relations case study of a fragmented postmodern subject. A final chapter explores possible implications of the postmodern debate for educational theory.
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Bridging imaginal pathways : the Jungian technique of active imagination and Robert Desoille's 'rêve éveillé dirigé' methodCassar, Laner January 2016 (has links)
This theoretical study brings together Carl Jung’s active imagination and Robert Desoille’s “rêve éveillé dirigé/directed waking dream” method (RED). Such a rapprochement is two-fold. Firstly, it aims to study the historical development of these two approaches in Central Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. Secondly, it aims to explore their theoretical similarities and differences and proposes implications for a hybridised and integrated framework of clinical practice. The first part of the study contextualizes Jung’s active imagination and RED in the broader psychotherapeutic currents practised at the time. Furthermore, this work analyses them through the geo-historical background of twentieth century France and Switzerland. It also goes on to investigate key historical intersecting points where Jung and Desoille, as well as their disciples, crossed paths. The second part of this study is a theoretical comparison between C. G. Jung’s active imagination technique and Robert Desoille’s directed waking dream method (RED). This work compares the spatial metaphors of interiority used by both Jung and Desoille to describe the traditional concept of inner psychic space in the waking dreams of Jung’s active imagination and Desoille’s RED. This study also attempts a broader theoretical comparison between the procedural aspects of both RED and active imagination by identifying commonalities and divergences between the two approaches. The comparison is built on a comparative methodology based on five operatively important categories chosen from the literature review. These are related to the therapeutic practice and procedures of both waking dreams and include: setting and preparation of the body, structure and directivity by the analyst/therapist, transferential and counter-transferential relationship, narratives, and interpretation. Such a comparison also helps to explore the implications for an integrated- hybridised framework of clinical practice i.e., a RED-based approach to active imagination that fills an important gap in post-Jungian writings on active visual imagination as well as offering a long-awaited acknowledgement of the RED method.
One of the main diagnostic criteria of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is an absence of empathy. The concept of empathy does not feature greatly in the literature of the British Psychoanalytic Object Relations Schools. However, the work of both Klein and Bion suggests that there is a normal development of empathy: from ‘part-object’ to ‘whole-object’ relationship. Given this, the development of empathy should be central to the treatment of those with BPD. The communal structure of the Therapeutic Community (TC) would appear to offer an ideal environment in which to foster the development of empathy. This study explored the development of empathy in individuals who have a diagnosis of BPD and had completed a year in a TC. Three women, drawn from one TC, were interviewed in a pilot study. The textual analysis of these interviews suggested an increased appreciation of their thoughts and feelings and an empathic understanding of themselves and others. The interviews of four female, from a different TC, were analysed in the main study. No increase in empathy was identified. These participants reported being taught to manage their symptoms through repression of destructive thoughts and behaviours rather than through the development of empathy. Tentative conclusions and future research: 1. At least in some circumstances people with BPD can increase in empathy: insight, self-reflection, and changes in self-experience; 2. The fact that some participants showed no increase in empathy while others did may reflect individual differences in response to the intervention; and/or 3. There may be critical elements of the TC experience which promote the development of empathy; these elements need to be identified to make interventions more effective.
Beyond Symptom Accumulation: A Lacanian Clinical Approach to Obsession - A Case Study and Theoretical ExpositionFutrell, Julie L. 18 May 2016 (has links)
Contemporary approaches to psychotherapeutic intervention increasingly utilize a medical-based diagnostic system focused on identifying and eradicating discrete symptoms. Mental "disorders" are determined by identifying "pathological" behaviors and superficial symptoms which are then lumped together arbitrarily and labeled as specific "mental illnesses." Despite a gross lack of supporting evidence, these "mental illnesses" are then attributed to various brain abnormalities and biological malfunctions, most often with reference to "chemical imbalances" believed to be the origin of mental distress. Evidence for such biological reductionism is presented conclusively, with little regard for the implicit ontological assumptions made by such a positivist perspective. When psychopathology is viewed in this way, the role of human experience is devalued, resulting in an egregious medicalization of human distress that has devastating consequences for those who suffer. <br> The work of Jacques Lacan offers a radically different approach to diagnostic formulation and treatment that has, until recently, largely been ignored in Western psychology. This dissertation seeks to participate in correcting this imbalance by offering a Lacanian clinical approach to working with obsession. I offer two case studies of former patients--both of whom presented with classic symptoms of the medical syndrome known as obsessive-compulsive disorder--to illustrate Lacan's structural approach in contradistinction to a descriptive, symptom-based approach. I endeavor to make Lacan's obsessive structure and his diagnostic schema accessible to mental health professionals interested in employing Lacan's work. To do so, I utilize a qualitative case study methodology, with particular emphasis on the psychoanalytic interview. I draw specific attention to the difference between obsessive-compulsive disorder and Lacan's obsessional structure. Finally, I highlight the ethical implications for clinicians of the ideological construction of mental distress as solely biological and suggest that Lacan offers a diametrically opposed discourse that is sorely lacking and needed at this time. / McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts; / Clinical Psychology / PhD; / Dissertation;
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