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Is it not better to send the patient back to life

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Carl Jung’s Cornwall Lecture

Question. Is it not better to send the patient back to life to got his relationships there, rather than to continue analysis thus arousing the great dependence of the transference?

Answer. The patient should go back to life as soon as possible; he should form relationships outside of analysis as soon as possible. A patient who cannot do this is called a severe or difficult case, for it threatens to be long, and it may be a long time before the patient can form relationships outside; thus he will be dependent on the analyst for a long time.

The analyst is only too thankful to get rid of such cases, so that it cannot be said that the analyst stresses dependence as part of the transference.

Such dependence is something that happens, so that you cannot speak of It as something that ought not to be, rather you should say, “It could not be avoided.”

It is much nicer not to experience transference, just as it is nicer not to experience life. If you want to go to heaven, your feet will grow into hell.

If it is at all possible, it is better not to take the patient out of his ordinary life and work. But in as far as the relations in life are morbid, they must be sacrificed for the analytical process. Where the relations to the family and so on are unconscious, they must be sacrificed, for this is the inherited sin.

It is more probable that the relations to the world may have to fall away in the one of the extrovert than in the case of the introvert where the relations are much scarcer. But such generalizations must not be taken as law. ~Carl Jung, Cornwall Seminar, Page 12

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