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Medicine in the hands of a Fool.




Freud and Psychoanalysis (Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 4)

Medicine in the hand of a fool was ever poison and death. just as we demand from a surgeon, besides his technical knowledge, a skilled hand, courage, presence of mind, and power of decision, so we must expect from an analyst a very serious and thorough psychoanalytic training of his own personality before we are willing to entrust a patient to him. I would even go so far as to say that the acquisition and practice of the psychoanalytic technique presuppose not only a specific psychological gift but in the very first place a serious concern with the moulding of one’s own character. “The Theory of Psychoanalysis” (1913). ~Carl Jung; Freud and Psychoanalysis. P.450