DATE: Monday, January 27, 2014
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
PLACE: Studio, Lambert Road campus
CANDIDATE: Cary E. Dakin
DISSERTATION TITLE: "The Role of the Intuitive Function in Addiction Recovery"
PROGRAM-TRACK/YEAR: PhD-T; 2007
CHAIR: Dr. Mike Denney
READER: Dr. Allen Koehn
EXTERNAL READER: Dr. Kenneth Meyer
Dakin, C. (2013). The Role of the Intuitive Function in Addiction Recovery (Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2013)
This study examines the role of the intuitive function in addiction recovery. Addictive behaviors create an internal state dominated by imbalanced instinctual drives. The psychological manifestations are obsessive thoughts, anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, and a sense of isolation. This research explored how subtle unconscious influences like the intuitive function have a role in shifting this treacherous internal state. Jung (1971/1976) conceptualized intuition as a prominent spectrum function that bridges the unconscious and conscious by providing unexpected knowledge of unknown origins. Intuition assesses potential and supplies knowledge when none is consciously accessible (Jung, 1971/1976). The intuitive function imparts understanding of how and when to carry out instinctual action (Jung, 1948/1981, p.132, Vol. 8, para. 269]). Therefore when reengaged, intuition helps to quiet instinctual urges.
Field research was conducted through a qualitative, intuitive, phenomenological methodology. Twelve participants in recovery from alcoholism were asked through conversational interviews about their experience of intuition in sobriety. The participants claimed intuition initiated, sustained, and enhanced their sobriety. They were able to distinguish the intuitive function from the amplified state of need, obsessive thought, and angst. They reported synchronicities, dreams and intuitive influences were instrumental in the decision to stop drinking. In longer term recovery, the intuitive function was perceived when helping others, solving problems, learning self-care, and enhanced intuition was described as one of the biggest gifts of sobriety.
This research contributes to the field of psychotherapy by discovering the important role of the intuitive function in addiction recovery. Recognizing and helping patients cultivate intuition facilitates the apprehension of addictive behaviors. Working with unconscious functions such as intuition helps those considering sobriety, as well as those in sobriety, to establish a relationship with their unconscious other than one based on addictive patterns. Developing the intuitive function in recovery establishes a conscious relationship to the primary process beyond impulsivity.
Key Words: Intuition, Recovery, Addiction, Intuitive Function, Instinct, Sobriety, AlcoholismPlease 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.