Title

An Application of Self Psychology and Intersubjective Systems Theory to The Human Companion Animal Bond: A Case Study

Date of Award

6-23-2014

Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Lavita Nadkarni

First Committee Member

Hale Martin

Second Committee Member

Alec Baker

Keywords

self psychology; intersubjectivity ; companion ; animal

Abstract

A child may seek alternative ways to form connections, such as bonding with his/her pet(s), if his/her caregiver(s) cannot meet his/her needs. Pets, or companion animals, can strengthen the human's capacity for relationships and affect tolerance. This paper aims to explore how two psychological theories, self psychology and intersubjective systems theory, apply to the human animal bond. A case study demonstrates how the application of these theories in the treatment of a therapy client's relationship with her horses enabled her to see her world differently. These conclusions can be useful in validating the importance of clients' human-companion animal bonds and in therapy treatment in a broader context.

Comments

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

Extent

27 pages

Paper Method

Case Study

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