ARCHIVED—The Dissertation Dance


ARCHIVED—The Dissertation Dance

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A place to process for those entangled in the writing process, a space to share insights for those who have completed this magna opus, and a forum to bounce off ideas for those looking down the road at the journey they are about to undertake.

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Sharing Tips and Resources: Hermeneutics: An Intellectual Tradition for Communication Studies

Started by Bonnie Bright. Last reply by Aleksandar Malecic Jul 9, 2014. 2 Replies

I know this group hasn't been very active; however, I think it could be a remarkable resource for all of us working on a thesis or dissertation if members would share any resources they come across…Continue

Tags: hermeneutics

10 ways to keep your sanity as a Ph.D. / Graduate student

Started by Bonnie Bright. Last reply by Carol Rizzolo Jan 16, 2012. 1 Reply

Hi everyone. I came across this post today and wanted to share it here. I know there hasn't been much structure in this group, but would like to find a way to really make it a resource for those of…Continue

Tags: thesis, writing, dissertation, phd, work

What I wouldn't give to be a bona fide member of this group!

Started by Alan A. MacKENZIE. Last reply by Carol Berzonsky Mar 22, 2011. 8 Replies

Hello All:It's so cool to read about your exploits on your "journeys" through academia.  My deepest desire is to go on to fo my PhD in Spiritual Direction through Wisdom University or ITP.The only…Continue

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Comment by Nina S. Ross on January 30, 2014 at 3:50pm

Hi Everyone, 

I wanted to send out a message that I have a PhD in Depth Psychology and Art from Union Institute and I serve as a mentor for MA and PhD. students. Please contact me if I can be of help in your dissertation process.

Yours, Nina Ross

Comment by Mr. Jeffery J. Rahn on June 8, 2013 at 9:44am

I'm writing a dissertation on First Dreams/Initiatory Dreams. The first dream a dreamer brings to therapy ( assuming he or she has one). I suppose it could be the night before a seminar or significant event ( haven't sussed that out completely). How do therapists and clients view this dream? The mood or tone.  Is it a beginning or entry point? It's use in working with a series or sequence. So much has been written on interpretation. Now days ( to a large degree) it just turns me off. I believe the alchemists warmed against reductive analysis ( code for perfectionism or getting control). On the other hand a dream can fade into abstraction with over reliance on metaphor or symbolism: "'A roll of the dice will never abolish chance" Mallarme. Keep my question straight forward ( I tell myself) understanding dreams like physics (psyche) are alive/moving.  I think Bosnak calls it dream interpreter anxiety or some such nonsense. Which is actually pretty wise. 

Comment by Maurice Stevens on April 16, 2012 at 10:44am

Hello there Dissertation Dancers! Come out to Peebles Ohio to join us for a writing retreat with Depth Psychologists in mind. Support your writing and support a fabulous non-profit organization at the same time (Hope Springs Institute). Look here for more information (we still have a few spots open, register ASAP):

We had a number of Depth Psychologists with us last year. They all found the retreat very helpful (see the link above for testimonials). You'll be surprised by how much you can get done (and get out of) providing yourself the space to create and write!

Comment by Mitchell Foy on July 22, 2011 at 8:28am
Getting ready to start my thesis and shopping for an editor. Didn't realize it is so expensive! Just wondering if there are any editors out there familiar with both Pacifica and APA style who might be interested in working with me. I am in the counseling masters program. Thanks!
Comment by Leslie Stoupas on July 15, 2011 at 4:52pm
So, can I just jump in here to introduce myself? I am in the Mythological Studies program at Pacifica and in the proposal stage of my dissertation. It is great to see some fellow travelers in the various stages of the journey! I look forward to gleaning insights from you and sharing my experience along the way!
Comment by Carol Rizzolo on May 11, 2011 at 4:31am
Yes!Yes!Yes! What a rich and amazing process! Cowpies and all! What a wild ride, huh?
Comment by Ingrid Joy Brown on May 11, 2011 at 1:25am

lol, to be Depth "pc" I should change "cowpies" to golden treasures, but I hope the feeling aspect of living with such treasures is fairly named!


Comment by Ingrid Joy Brown on May 11, 2011 at 1:24am
Did you feel that even after 10 years, 20 years, of therapy, analysis, self-growth courses and practice, you are still working on the same thing you started with?  I think Jung talked about this. Well, to my wonderment, I realized the other day that I am shifting giant cowpies that I thought were immovable. What happened?  That is a question but also, I'm just amazed and grateful!!
Comment by Carol Rizzolo on May 8, 2011 at 2:49pm
Yay! The divine works in mysterious ways! Glad you found them!
Comment by Maurice Stevens on May 8, 2011 at 2:33pm

once I developed a plan to get new ones and stopped looking... my keys turned up! I know, cliche, but in this case, true!



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