DATE: Friday, November 1, 2013
TIME: 11:00 a.m
PLACE: Studio, Lambert Road campus
CANDIDATE: Darlene Plant
DISSERTATION TITLE: "The Daemon in Fear: The Archetypes of Trauma"
PROGRAM-TRACK/YEAR: PhD-B; 2008
CHAIR: Dr. Oksana Yakushko
READER: Dr. Lisa Sloan
EXTERNAL READER: Dr. Janet Hafler
Plant, D. (2013). The Daemon in Fear: The Archetypes of Trauma (Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2013)
This research addressed the difficulties associated with diagnosing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in patients who exhibit non-traditional symptoms of trauma using the DSM-IV-TR. A qualitative methodology using a phenomenological approach was applied to understand the world experience of three participants diagnosed with PTSD. Participant’s dreams and artwork were researched and analyzed to understand the significance of the archetypal images influencing each individual. This research also explored whether common thematic images emerging from the unconscious exist among individuals diagnosed with PTSD who have experienced similar fear-based traumas. This study accepted the findings of other researchers that fear is one of the most significant affects associated with PTSD. However, this research further proposed that a recognizable form can take shape within the unconscious of a person who has been affected by a negative experience. This form is labeled “the daemon in fear.” It is further proposed that this daemonic energy, if given an opportunity, will manifest itself through the dreams and artwork of patients overwhelmed by trauma archetypes. The results of this study suggest that the archetypal images found within the dreams and artistic expressions of individuals overwhelmed by trauma contain a daemonic energy. The findings also suggested that such images, if recognized and applied by clinicians, can be used to treat fear-based trauma. Given the examples contained within this research, which supports the use of dreams to both diagnose and treat PTSD, it is hoped that psychological therapies may become familiar with the archetypal images that commonly occur among trauma survivors.
Keywords: PTSD, archetypes, fear, trauma, dreams, artwork, unconscious, symbols.Please note: All oral defense attendees must shuttle from the Best Western Hotel in Carpinteria.