Therapy and Psychotherapy by Jung
Published on Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at 7:25 pm and is filed under Psychological Counseling
Carl Jung’s Theory about Therapy
According to the theory of a famous psychologist, original thinker and reformer of psychoanalysis Carl Jung, psychotherapy is the junction of the efforts of the psychologist and patient, working together as equals. Since the two form a dynamic unity, the analyst must also be open to change as a result of these interactions. The psychologist felt that therapy involves primarily the interaction between the unconscious analyst and an unconscious patient who can progress in therapy just as much as it was the analyst:
The distinguishing feature of psychotherapy lies in the fact that you ca not know a few recipes to use them more or less; the therapist can achieve cure rates only if the main condition, which is to understand the patient as a psychological entity, to find an approach to him as a man apart from his theory and to listen carefully to what he has to say.
The therapist does not deserve that title if he has a neurosis or depression, it is impossible to bring the patient to a higher level than that achieved by the therapist himself.
How Therapy Should Work
Carl Jung did not expect the theory and application of special techniques in therapy. The famous psychologist believed that such a hope encourages the analyst to apply these techniques, without coming into contact with the patient. A psychoanalyst should not treat apart the parts of psyche like a mechanic patches an old car. The purpose of counseling in psychotherapy is an approach to the patient as a whole man through the establishment of a trust relationship with the psychologist.
Any of my students are able to understand you so that you can recover, if you do not become a victim of prejudice and will not think that you recovered on somebody’s shoulder. In the end, each person must win her battle. No one else can do it for her.
Carl Jung met with his patient only once or twice a week. To encourage a sense of autonomy, he gave them homework – for example, they could be asked to analyze their own dreams. At his insistence, the patients were arranging “vacations” for themselves in order to avoid the formation of dependence on Jung.
Therapeutic Process’ Structure
Carl Jung divided the therapeutic process into two main stages, each of which has 2 parts. At the start is the analytical stage. Its first part is confession, during which the person begins to disclose her unconscious. It also shows the dependence of the patient on his therapist. The second part of the first stage is an explanation of confession, which increases awareness and understanding of mental processes. The patient remains dependent on the analyst.
Serious problems in life are still not completely resolved. If they show up again this will be a sign that something in the process of psychotherapy has been lost. If there is not solution than our work with these issues has a great importance.
The second stage is synthetic. First here is learning where Jung emphasized the need to move from the psychological insight to the actual new experience, which is the result of individual growth and development of new habits. The final part is the transformation. The relationship of patient-analyst is integrated and dependence reduces with changes in communication. The patient experience is tightly focused on the process of individualization the archetypal material does not contradict this experience. This is a stage of self-education, on which a person becomes more and more responsible for her own development.