Animal Archetypes of the Human Female: The Biological and Social Dichotomy through Stages of Development

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Authors
Clearman, Theresa
Advisor
Marie Suthers
Beth Haile
Darren Nealis
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Date of Issue
2013-04-01
Subject Keywords
Self-perception , Archetype (Psychology) -- animals , Animals , Women -- Development , Psychology
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Animal Archetypes of the Human Female: The Biological and Social Dichotomy through Stages of Development
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This paper will discuss the developmental cycle of women (infancy/childhood to adulthood to old age) and how animal archetypes appear in their psyche as a result of social and biological influence. The discussion of archetypes typically occurs within the field of psychotherapy without strong empirical evidence. In general, there have been few efforts to bridge psychotherapy and experimental psychology. In examining the biological basis of archetypes, this paper will attempt to create such a bridge between these two disciplines. The exposure to archetypal and animal characters during sensitive periods of language acquisition may influence symbol assignment and memory from an early age. Female needs to satisfy unfulfilled social or maternal urges in adult stages of development are possibly impacted by the presence of animals both in the physical and psychic world. The ongoing overlap of archetypal images acting against subliminal backdrop of rapid biological development may have a long lasting or even permanent effect on subconscious action, reasoning, and memory. The emotional importance of animal bonds throughout life could impact behaviors such as altruism, empathy, and maternal care. Similar patterns associated to early development may appear as defense mechanisms later in life with issues surrounding memory loss and trauma.
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Bachelor's
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Spring
Department
Anthrozoology