[Excerpt of a letter by Dr. Jung to Peter Baynes who was suffering from a duodenal ulcer}
seen … similar ailments in psychological conditions where people were living beyond themselves, driven by certain unconscious contents.
Particularly intuitive individuals are inclined to disregard the reality of their body, of themselves and of the surrounding conditions.
An ulcer looks to me like the psychological blind spot that begins to ache in the body.
For intuitive people it is hard to grip reality.
They never can touch the thing in the right spot nor say what they really want to say, being intercepted on the way by all sorts of volatiles.
An intestinal affection can be instead of a contemplation of inner life.
We seem to be more apt to stand strain and hurry imposed upon us by external circumstances than when we apply that poisonous whip to ourselves.
My very best wishes,
Cordially yours, C.G. ~Carl Jung, Jung’s Apprentice, Page 265
[Carl Jung’s Letter to Peter Baynes]
Thank you very much for the thorough information about your condition.
It has worried me a great deal to know that you suffer from such an ulcer which I know is a hellish nuisance on account of its chronic character.
I’m pretty sure that it wants a careful observation from either side, the psychological as well as the physiological.
I think you ought to train yourself in the observation of the sokalled [sic] ‘strain’.
You often have that expression on your face, namely of being ‘strained’.
It would be good if you could learn the art of clinical relaxation.
A course of proper breathing is not inadvisable, as I have seen intuitives who were merely possessed by the idea of their body without having a friendly contact with it.
This is of course only symptomatic, the deeper cause is an uncontrolled striving after fictitious goals. ~Carl Jung, Jung’s Apprentice, Page 270.