Memories, metaphor, and meaning: self discovery in the second half of life
Susan D Moseley
This project proposes that a small group process using Carl Jung's theory of individuation and the story of Jesus' baptism as a metaphor for individuation helps middle-aged adults expand their personal and spiritual awareness and thus mature in life and faith. The research method used was Participatory Action Research (PAR) in an eight-week, small group process. All adults were able to identify personal growth as a result of the experience. The result will help shape future group experiences for the purpose of encouraging midlife adults to expand their personal awareness and trust their own insights as they continue their spiritual journeys.
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