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Surfing with anima


2011 2011

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Abstract (summary)

This thesis explores the psychological dimension of the relationship surfers have with the powerful, feminine energy of the ocean. Through a phenomenological and heuristic approach including semi-structured, video-recorded interviews with avid surfers and the author's personal experience, the healing power of surfing is brought in for review. Many have reported the sport to be the most important endeavor of their lives, and complexes ranging from benevolent to rageful are often constellated in the sacred container of the ocean. What is the psychological nature of the draw surfers have to their practice and what, if any, healing aspect is does the sport offer?

Mankind once held to numerous practices revering and paying homage to femininity both in her beauty and her shadow. Western culture no longer holds to such rituals and, consequently, has left a void in modern man's psyche. I propose that surfing is a contemporary means by which our culture is returning to the call of a dismissed feminine archetypal pull and consequently reconciling contrasexual psychic tension.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Social psychology;
Personality psychology;
Spirituality
Classification
0451: Social psychology
0625: Personality psychology
0647: Spirituality
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Psychology
Title
Surfing with anima
Author
Lauricella, Jesse
Number of pages
82
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
1142
Source
MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124535241
Advisor
Elsner, Thomas
University/institution
Pacifica Graduate Institute
University location
United States -- California
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1490179
ProQuest document ID
858866481
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/858866481
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