Title

Existential dissonance : a dimension of inauthenticity

Date of Award

11-18-2015

Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Buirski, Peter

First Committee Member

Cornish, Jennifer

Second Committee Member

Kentnor, Charles

Keywords

existential, dissonance, authenticity, inauthenticity

Abstract

This paper will initially review integral concepts found within Heidegger’s understanding of existence or being - namely the dialectic between authentic and inauthentic living, and by extension, existential guilt, anxiety, and regret. Next, I will discuss a particular dimension of inauthenticity found at the intersection of existential guilt and regret, termed existential dissonance. This term, adapted from Festinger’s theory of cognitive dissonance will serve to illuminate several clinical phenomena. To ground this concept further, I will provide two case examples that further express and clarify this concept.

Comments

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

Extent

15 pages

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