Carl G. Jung, a father of Depth Psychology
He once had a young woman patient who, in spite of efforts made on both sides, proved to be psychologically inaccessible. The story is a perfect example of how I use the Ericksonian principle of “utilization.” Everything in a session counts, everything: this is also know as psychological phenomenology and centers around the subjective experience of the experiencer. My work is consistent with a person centered approach and is based on Carl Rogers‘ person-centered psychotherapy theory is based directly on the “phenomenal field” personality theory of Combs and Snygg.
This theory in turn is grounded in phenomenological thinking. Rogers methods puts a therapist in closer contact with a person by listening to the person’s report of their subjective experiences, especially the feelings and emotions of which the person is usually not fully aware of. For example, in relationships the problem at hand is often not based around what actually happened but, instead, based around the perceptions and feelings of each individual in the relationship. The phenomenal field focuses on “how one feels right now”. One of my teachers, Mary Hulnick would say “it’s not the issue, but how you perceive the issue.”
Carl G. Jung
Psychiatrist & Psychoanalayst
The difficulty lay in the fact that she always knew better about everything. Her excellent education had provided her with a weapon ideally suited to this purpose, namely a highly polished Cartesian rationalism with an impeccably "geometrical" idea of reality. After several fruitless attempts to sweeten her rationalism with a somewhat more human understanding, I had to confine myself to the hope that something unexpected and irrational would turn up, something that burst the intellectual retort into which she had sealed herself.
Well, I was sitting opposite of her one day, with my back to the window, listening to her flow of rhetoric. She had an impressive dream the night before, in which someone had given her a golden scarab-a costly piece of jewellery. While she was still telling me this dream, I heard something behind me gently tapping on the window. I turned round and saw that it was a fairly large flying insect that was knocking against the window from outside in the obvious effort to get into the dark room.
This seemed to me very strange. I opened the window and immediately and caught the insect in the air as it flew in. It was a scarabaeid beetle, or common rose-chafer, whose gold-green color most nearly resembles that of a golden scarab. I handed the beetle to my patient with the words "Here is your scarab." This broke the ice of her intellectual resistance. The treatment could now be continued with satisfactory results.
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