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Date of Award

4-17-1998

Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Barbara Norcross-Renner

Second Advisor

Maryka Biaggio

Third Advisor

Michel Hersen

Abstract

C. G. Jung's theories provide the foundation for this conceptual clarification of the phenomenon of self-identified evil in adult, outpatient, psychodynamic psychotherapy clients. Jung's concepts regarding the intrapsychic moral and relational dialectical processes are expanded by the addition of an interpersonal dimension and a temporal dimension. Treatment implications emerging from
the extension of theory are: (a) clients may benefit from both intrapsychic and interpersonal relational; (b) moral development occurs in the process of relational development; and (c) the most important determinant in the
encounter with intrapsychic evil is the ego's capacity for
conscious relatedness.

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