Jungian Psychotherapy with Medical Professionals: Healing the Healer
This paper illuminates the necessity of the inclusion of emotions in the personality of the physician. It is the one-sidedness of logos which creates a neurosis in western medicine. This scarcity of eros may result in the rise of burn out, addiction and suicide. Since the age of enlightenment, reason or logos has dominated the education and expectation of the science of medicine, leaving the physician feeling dehumanized, and often carrying a sense of moral injury. Eros is fundamental in the uniting feeling link with other people. Logos is needed for the distinction between the rational, linear consistency and logic. We need both.
Jung postulated real learning as: “You can learn a great deal of psychology through studying books, but you will find that this psychology is not very helpful in practical life. A human entrusted with the care of souls ought to have a certain wisdom of life which does not consist of words only but chiefly of experience. If such a thing can be taught at all, it must be in the way of personal experience of the human soul.” The Wisdom of Carl Jung.
This personal experience involves the feeling function which tells one how important something is. Without the component of feeling, what is left is a hunger for soul. Jung further states: ‘Loss of soul amounts to a tearing loose of part of one’s nature: it is the disappearance and emancipation of a complex, which thereupon becomes a tyrannical usurper of consciousness, oppressing the whole man. It throws him off course and drives him to actions whose blind one-sidedness inevitable leads to self destruction.’ ( Aspects of the Feminine p226, para. 384)
Suzanne Hales Ed.D. LPC. LMFT Jungian analyst, IAAP
President of Dallas Institute
Author Jungian Psychotherapy with Medical Professionals: Healing the Healer 2021