American woman underwent a Freudian analysis without success.

She had used foul language to her analyst but he had failed to react and he disregarded her behaviour.

When she repeated some examples to me I told her in no uncertain terms that if she were ever to speak to me again like that, I would reply to her in the same fashion.

The patient pointed out that I had become emotional and that was not permissible for an analyst.

My answer was, “But it is human and I have the right to be human too.”

This allowed her to emerge from her schizophrenia.

She had become disoriented through the unnatural behaviour of her first analyst; she was brought back to reality by the honesty of my reaction and was cured. Carl Jung, Jung-Ostrowski, Page 15.

 

[Note:  The woman in the image at the top of this page is Lucia Joyse.  She is not the person Dr. Jung is referring to in this post.  Ms. Joyce was not an American.  She did fight a similar battle with schizophrenia.]

 

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