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Carl Jung to a Catholic Analyst.

Letters of C. G. Jung: Volume 2, 1951-1961

To Paul Campbell

Dear Mr. Campbell, 19 December 1952

Thank you very much for your kind letter and the programme of your Conference.

I fully realize that Catholic analysts are faced with very particular problems which, on the one hand, are an aggravation of the work which is difficult in itself already, yet on the other hand, an asset, since you start within a world of thought and feeling based upon archetypal realities.

I have had a number of TB patients in my time and some really excellent results with psychotherapy, but it is true that the average somatic case generally has a resistance to a psychological approach,
particularly the TB patients, since TB is, in a way a “pneumatic” disease, that is, affecting the life-giving breath.

It is in such cases often as if the patient had a pride and obstinacy in defending the achievement of a somatic answer to an insoluble psychological problem.

With every good wish for Christmas and the New Year,

I remain,

Yours cordially,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Pages 100-101