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DATE: Saturday, May 31, 2014
TIME: 2:00 p.m
PLACE: Room B, Ladera Lane campus
CANDIDATE: Judy Jeanne Radiloff
DISSERTATION TITLE: "Affect and Archetype in Early Infancy"
PROGRAM-TRACK/YEAR: PhD-B; 2006
CHAIR: Dr. Richard Kelliher
READER: Dr. Lisa Sloan
EXTERNAL READER: Dr. Laurel McCabe

Radiloff, J. (2014). Affect and Archetype in Early Infancy (Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014)

ABSTRACT

This Dissertation addresses the infant’s ability to process affect, and the subsequent capacity for the constellation of archetypal realities in the young, emerging psyche as a result of the capacity for processing affect. It explores the concept of archetype within the context of the infant psyche’s early primitive development, and how affect in infancy influences the constellation of archetype in early life. This research incorporates several psychological lenses; integrating developmental, archetypal, depth, and post-Jungian theories, and interpersonal neurobiology, offering a synthesis of thought, wherein there is an archetypal understanding of our core human essence, which is rooted in development and is deeply influenced by our earliest experiences of affect. The purpose of this research is to understand how, through the human bonding experiences of our early infancy, early affect influences the overall archetypal structure of our personality development. This research addresses the ways in which the infant's developing psyche and soma organize with a propensity toward the expression of archetypal life-affirming energies, and conversely, what happens to our early psychic development when the infant endures a sustained experience of maladjustment in its earliest relationships. Further research that follows this dissertation includes addressing affect as the foundation of psychic development as well as developing a more in-depth understanding of how the role of early affect not only influences one’s capacity to feel, but more specifically, one’s capacity to think.



     

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