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DATE: Saturday, August 18, 2012
TIME: 12:30 p.m.
PLACE: Studio, Lambert Road campus
CANDIDATE: Vincent Shanks
DISSERTATION TITLE: "Treating the Unconscious Complex of PTSD"
PROGRAM-TRACK/YEAR: PhD-A; 2006
CHAIR: Dr. Avedis Panajian
READER: Dr. Christy Lewis
EXTERNAL READER: Dr. Diane Marques

Shanks, V. (2012). Treating the Unconscious Complex of PTSD (Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012)

ABSTRACT

Treating the Unconscious Complex of PTSDThe research methodology drew from Jung’s analytical psychology and Freud’s psychoanalytic theory. An alchemical narrative and phenomenological approach were utilized to identify and understand the themes and patterns of psychological trauma. The phenomenological experience for the researcher was, in essence, the unconscious complex of PTSD. The alchemical process of entering into the nigredo provided a conduit into understanding the psyche of those afflicted with PTSD.

The research methodology drew from Jung’s analytical psychology and Freud’s psychoanalytic theory. An alchemical narrative and phenomenological approach were utilized to identify and understand the themes and patterns of psychological trauma. The phenomenological experience for the researcher was, in essence, the unconscious complex of PTSD. The alchemical process of entering into the nigredo provided a conduit into understanding the psyche of those afflicted with PTSD.

Aspects from the fields of symbolism, dream imagery, alchemy, and mythology were incorporated in an encapsulated narrative analyses and narrative dialogues with 7 coresearchers. The research utilized Riessman’s (1993) method of narrative analysis as the container for interpreting the stories of the coresearchers all the way from the knowing into the telling. This process allowed the researcher to understand the unconscious complex of PTSD as a suppression or repression of unconscious material. The combined research approach allowed for a thorough understanding of the depth of the coresearchers’ psychological trauma. This research offers a framework for working with those who suffer with PTSD, and it proposes a rapid conduit into the treatment of those afflicted with PTSD.



     

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