Title

On the Edge of the World: Trauma and Twinship Selfobject Needs in Mrs. Dalloway

Date of Award

7-16-2012

Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Peter Buirski

First Committee Member

Fernand Lubuguin

Second Committee Member

Lee Hockman

Keywords

Self Psychology ; Qualitative Research; Assessment; Twinship ; Alienation ; Intersubjectivity Theory ; Combat Veterans ; Trauma ; Mrs. Dalloway ; Fiction ; World War One

Abstract

Alienation and aloneness appear as common themes in the experience of those impacted by trauma. Self psychology theorists, including contemporary proponents of intersubjectivity theory, have also discussed the ways in which alienation and disconnection from others permeate the experience of post-traumatic stress disorder. This discussion has highlighted the importance and centrality of twinship selfobject needs in providing a relational home for the emotional pain associated with trauma. These phenomena are especially apparent when one encounters the experiences of those combat veterans who have attempted to readjust to society upon returning home from military service. Using self psychology and intersubjectivity theory, this paper explores the ways that fiction, specifically Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, can illuminate the ways that trauma negatively impacts twinship selfobject needs in combat veterans. In examining the character of Septimus Smith, this paper illustrates the estrangement, singularity, and alienation associated with post-traumatic stress, and how this state of being can collude with societal misunderstanding and repression to shatter the self's sense of belongingness with and connection to others.

Comments

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

Extent

46 pages

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