'Death Drive': A Literature-based Heuristic Study of the Influence of the Freudian Death Drive on 21st Century Counselling and Psychotherapy Literature

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/600582
Title:
'Death Drive': A Literature-based Heuristic Study of the Influence of the Freudian Death Drive on 21st Century Counselling and Psychotherapy Literature
Authors:
Bains, Maninder
Abstract:
The theory of death drive has been controversial from the very start. It has been identified as a myth that had been out of favour in modern psychotherapy and counselling. Such is the dynamism of this ‘dead subject’ that it has been infused with life from 1920 to 2011; as this study will show sometimes by its adherents other times by its dissidents. Through this heuristically informed literature-based research, I endeavour to show the impact of the death drive on the present psychotherapy and counselling literature. Within much of the literature the death drive is perceived as a destructive or daemonic force, only achieving quiescence and Nirvana through addiction. Three emerging themes of Aggression, Quiescence and Narcissism have been further elaborated in chapters 4, 5 and 6. Written from a psychodynamic perspective, with keeping in mind its roots in psychoanalysis, this study concludes that like the phenomenon of death in life, the death drive is also inescapable in counselling and psychotherapy. By not getting mentioned in training and with covert references in literature its ‘unconscious pressure’ is difficult to ignore.
Citation:
Bains, M. (2011). 'Death Drive': A literature-based heuristic study of the influence of the Freudian Death Drive on 21st century counselling and psychotherapy literature. (Master's thesis). University of Chester, United Kingdom.
Publisher:
University of Chester
Publication Date:
Jan-2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/600582
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Masters Dissertations

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBains, Maninderen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-04T10:43:33Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-04T10:43:33Zen
dc.date.issued2011-01en
dc.identifier.citationBains, M. (2011). 'Death Drive': A literature-based heuristic study of the influence of the Freudian Death Drive on 21st century counselling and psychotherapy literature. (Master's thesis). University of Chester, United Kingdom.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/600582en
dc.description.abstractThe theory of death drive has been controversial from the very start. It has been identified as a myth that had been out of favour in modern psychotherapy and counselling. Such is the dynamism of this ‘dead subject’ that it has been infused with life from 1920 to 2011; as this study will show sometimes by its adherents other times by its dissidents. Through this heuristically informed literature-based research, I endeavour to show the impact of the death drive on the present psychotherapy and counselling literature. Within much of the literature the death drive is perceived as a destructive or daemonic force, only achieving quiescence and Nirvana through addiction. Three emerging themes of Aggression, Quiescence and Narcissism have been further elaborated in chapters 4, 5 and 6. Written from a psychodynamic perspective, with keeping in mind its roots in psychoanalysis, this study concludes that like the phenomenon of death in life, the death drive is also inescapable in counselling and psychotherapy. By not getting mentioned in training and with covert references in literature its ‘unconscious pressure’ is difficult to ignore.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Chesteren
dc.subjectFreudian Death Driveen
dc.subjectFreuden
dc.subjectcounsellingen
dc.title'Death Drive': A Literature-based Heuristic Study of the Influence of the Freudian Death Drive on 21st Century Counselling and Psychotherapy Literatureen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnameMAen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters Degreeen
dc.description.advisorMintz, Ritaen
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