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Journal of Symbols & Sandplay Therapy 2023;14(3): 119-140.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12964/jsst.23011
A Study on the Symbolic Analysis of Cats
Junehee Hwang1, Jihyun Sin2
1Lead author, Doctoral Course Student, Literature and Arts Psychotherapy, Konkuk University
2Corresponding author, Professor, Literature and Arts Psychotherapy, Konkuk University
고양이의 상징성 해석에 관한 연구
황준희1, 신지현2
1주저자, 건국대학교 문학․예술심리치료학과 박사과정
2교신저자, 건국대학교 문학․예술심리치료학과 교수
Correspondence :  Jihyun Sin ,Email: kidedu@naver.com
Received: September 30, 2023  Revised: December 7, 2023   Accepted: December 12, 2023
This study explores the role of cats as symbolic mediators in the Sandplay Therapy process from various areas and perspectives. Initially, we examined the biological characteristics of cats and their relationship with humans. We then investigated the interpretation of cat symbolism from diverse perspectives, including literary and artistic perspectives, geographical and cultural perspectives, religious and mythological perspectives, as well as psychological and contemporary perspectives. Furthermore, we examined how the symbolism of cats is currently interpreted in the clinical process of sand play therapy, drawing insights from literature and real-life cases. Through these investigations, we confirmed that the multifaceted symbolism of cats can be utilized to facilitate the individuation process of clients.
KeyWords: cat, symbolic mediator, Sandplay Therapy, individuation process
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