We think Jung was in many ways immensely person-centered in his approach.
Here’s a quote from Claire Dunne’s interesting book: Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul, which feels timely and relevant now – some of the language is a step to the side of person-centered as we might voice it (for example ‘the mentally ill’), but the ideas resonate:-
‘From the clinical point of view which then prevailed, the human personality of the patient, his individuality , did not matter at all…….Patients were labeled, rubber-stamped with a diagnosis and, for the most part, that settled the matter. The psychology of the mental patient played no role whatsoever.
Through my work with the patients I realized that paranoid ideas and hallucinations contain a germ of meaning. A personality, a life history, a pattern of hopes and desires lie behind the psychosis. The fault is ours if we do not understand them…..At bottom we discover nothing new and unknown in the mentally ill; rather we encounter the substratum of our own natures.
I treat every patient as individually as possible, because the solution of the problem is always an individual one. Universal rules can be postulated only with a grain of salt. A psychological truth is valid only if it can be reversed. A solution which would be out of the question for me may be just the right one for someone else….The crucial point is that I confront the patient as one human being to another.
In therapy the problem is always the whole person, never the symptom alone. We must ask questions which challenge the whole personality.’
Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul – Claire Dunne
As a bonus, here’s a link to an interesting post today on Jung on http://www.beyondmeds.com – Jason Smith on Individuation and Authenticity. We liked:-
“Looking outwards has got to be turned into looking into oneself. Discovering yourself provides you with all you are, were meant to be, and all you are living from and for.”
Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter