Blog Review: Jung At Heart

The featured blog is ‘Jung At Heart‘ by Cheryl Fuller, a Jungian therapist with over 35 years experience in therapy.This blog has been going since 2007 and as the name suggests focuses on Jungian analysis and does so in both practical and theoretical terms.

Fuller gives insights into the everyday practice of psychotherapy. Thus for instance she discusses the qualifications needed for becoming a Jungian Analyst. In this article, she writes about the length of therapy – the first and last sessions as well as expectations of how long therapy has lasted. Fuller explains to the reader the benefits that she has experienced from undergoing analysis and also writes an interesting article on diagnosis from the perspective of a therapist, commenting on the problems created by a dualistic approach.

Fuller also covers theoretical aspects of Jungian Anaysis. For instance, Jungian psychoanalysis meets cognitive behavioural therapy in this article while research on psychodynamic psychotherapy is covered here.  In this article Fuller writes about the intriguing idea of therapeutic blogging, where the therapist and patient blog about the therapy sessions together either through a private or a public blog. If there was a public blog, then Fuller writes that the therapeutic space would be expanded with potential benefits (and do doubt disadvantages as well). In this article, Fuller argues that psychiatry and psychology have increasingly focused on evidence based outcome measures. Fuller can sometimes write sceptically about the medical model, in the process causing the reader to reflect on a priori assumptions as in the possible relationship between medication non-responders and remission is discussed in this article.

There are a number of other areas covered including internet resources for Jung, the most influential psychotherapists of the last 25 years, an intriguing article about secrets bringing people into therapy and in this article, Fuller talks about how personality interacts with geography and links to some relevant maps. There are also some really nice quotes from different people or reflections on art – here is a great quote on memory by Amos Oz, reflections on the painting ‘La Memoir’ by Magritte, a quote from Jolande Jacobi on individuation and reflections on a quote by Orfan Pamuk.

‘Jung At Heart’ offers the reader an insight into Jungian psychotherapy and the perspectives of a highly experienced psychotherapist on a range of important issues. Here is a final quote from Jung himself:-

The principle aim of psychotherapy is not to transport one to an impossible state of happiness, but to help (the client) acquire steadfastness and patience in the face of suffering’

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Disclaimer

The comments made here represent the opinions of the author and do not represent the profession or any body/organisation. The comments made here are not meant as a source of medical advice and those seeking medical advice are advised to consult with their own doctor. The author is not responsible for the contents of any external sites that are linked to in this blog.

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