chapter  18
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Some basic principles of Jungian analysis

Since I am referring primarily to the Jungian school of psychotherapy, the following briefly articulates a few key principles. Psychotherapists of the Jungian School continue in various degrees to incorporate into their own approach most of the ideas, findings, and therapeutic attitudes which were acquired by Jung himself. In view of the wisdom and depth of Jung’s work, its continuing appeal to contemporary analysts is understandable, perhaps even more so, as he tended to formulate theoretical statements in as broad and general a manner as possible in order not to obstruct, through theories or techniques, the therapeutic necessities of each individual situation. A very typical quote of Jung’s, and one that could stand for many others, is as follows:

Since there is no nag that cannot be ridden to death, all theories of neurosis and methods of treatment are a dubious affair. So I always find it cheering when businesslike physicians and fashionable consultants aver that they treat patients along the lines of “Adler,” or of “Künkel,” or of “Freud,” or even of “Jung”…. When I treat Mr. X, I have of necessity to use method X, just as with Mrs. Z I have to use method Z. This means that the method of treatment is determined primarily by the nature of the case.