Liberation of Desire

Wilson, Kathleen (2009) Liberation of Desire. Doctoral thesis, Meridian University.

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This research sought to understand individuals’ experience of images and affects associated with stifled desires to see if this process would promote liberation of desire. The Research Problem was: In what ways can engaging with stifled desire release one from pseudoinnocence? The Research Hypothesis was: By attending to shame one releases the contraction of pseudoinnocence. The Literature Review explores the notion that desire serves to motivate and define one’s being. It addresses unattended emotions, especially shame and the healing role of perversion. Imaginal approaches to desire show links between desire and daimon, myth, nature, and spirit. There is a lack of experienced-based research which approaches desire as striving to recover acquaintance with one’s Being. The study’s methodology utilized Imaginal Inquiry. Seven participants met for two individual meetings. They experienced images of stifled desire through exposure to film, guided meditation, artmaking, and reflexive dialogues. The study’s cumulative learning was: Shame lifts, and desire moves when desire is aligned with the desire of one’s daimon and divine Beloved Other. Five learnings emerged. First, desire to retreat from life’s intrinsically overwhelming condition, to avoid affective experience, notably fear, anger, shame, and imagery around death, maintains a v pseudoinnocent stance, which cuts one off from actualizing power. Second, impacted by unattended affects of anger, grief, fear, and shame, pseudoinnocence is expressed through conflictual and unsatisfying reactive enactments. Third, attending to imagery, especially elemental imagery of fire, gives access to energy and creates psychic movement, enabling one to attend to painful stories of powerlessness, failure, resentment and victimization, along with the affects of anger and shame. Fourth, shame lifts when one’s desire is more deeply aligned with the desire of their daimon. Fifth, engaging the daimon figure is accompanied by images from the natural sensuous world, which are inherently energizing, empowering, and bring psychic movement because desire is more deeply aligned with the desire of one’s daimon and divine Beloved Other. The study’s reflections focus on desire’s story through the myths of Persephone and Marquis de Sade. Mature connection with darker emotions linked to the desire of Daimon can challenge power structures in creative, transformative ways.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Psychology > Critical Theory
Depositing User: Kathleen Wilson
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2017 21:50
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2017 21:50

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