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DATE: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
TIME: 1:00 p.m
PLACE: Studio, Lambert Road campus
CANDIDATE: Daniel Anderson
DISSERTATION TITLE: "Giegerich’s Psychology of Soul: Psychotherapeutic Implications"
CHAIR: Dr. Michael Sipiora
READER: Dr. Holly Fincher
EXTERNAL READER: Dr. Stanton Marlan

Anderson, D. (2014). Giegerich’s Psychology of Soul: Psychotherapeutic Implications (Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014)


This interpretative theoretical study examines the implications for psychotherapy of Giegerich’s psychology, and explores new possibilities for understanding soul and for clinical treatment opened up by this psychology. After examining Giegerich’s writings, including his critics’ perspectives, distinctive features of his psychology are identified, including his notion of soul. According to Giegerich, soul is imbedded in history and inseparable from cultural and religious institutions. Soul also is inseparable from the character of cultural consciousness. Giegerich maintains that the shift to modernity in the West, around the year 1800, marked a decisive change in the character of soul and consciousness. This change is characterized by a migration of soul and consciousness from the cosmos and religious forms to subjectivity and interiority. Giegerich argues that this transformation is the precondition both for the discipline of psychology and for neurosis. Giegerich maintains that neurosis is the soul’s regressive establishment of the Absolute under the conditions of modernity. Giegerich’s theory of neurosis is examined, as is his distinctive methodology for thinking psychologically and soulfully working with dreams, fantasies and symptoms. A case study is presented in which a traditional Jungian case analysis is re-interpreted in light of Giegerich’s psychology. In the case study, claustrophobic and agoraphobic symptoms, dreams, written fantasies and active imagination fantasies are interpreted from the standpoint of Giegerich’s psychology.

Keywords: soul, neurosis, dream interpretation, historical analysis, Wolfgang Giegerich, C. G. Jung, psychotherapy, interiority, consciousness


Please note: All oral defense attendees must shuttle to the Lambert Road campus from the Best Western Hotel in Carpinteria. Parking on campus is not available.