Vampires and Art: Addiction and Treatment from a Jungian Perspective

Graduation Date

Fall 2004

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Granting Institution

Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Name

Art Therapy


Lizbeth Martin, PhD

First Reader

Richard Carolan, EdD, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Gwen Sanders, MFT, ART-BC


This research paper investigates the historical meaning of the vampire as it relates to addiction, Jungian theory, and art therapy. Through gaining an understanding of the general meaning of the vampire in resources that have investigated the vampire cross- culturally and mythologically, an enhanced view of the prevalence and significance of the vampire in the present is established. The research design encompasses a historical and cross-cultural progression beginning in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, India, China, Mesopotamia, and Russia. It is then followed through time and culture until we are brought to Europe and finally America. The place of the vampire in Jungian theory bridges the past to the present. Jungian theory suggests the path we should follow in the future when dealing with vampires and addiction through art therapy, namely, the realm of the shadow.

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