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Letters of C. G. Jung: Volume I, 1906-1950 (Vol 1)

To Pastor Fritz Pfafflin

Dear Pastor Pfafflin, 30 August 1937

A real grounding as a psychotherapist requires systematic study, above all a training analysis.

I don’t think occasional consultations can replace the continuity of the analytical process.

Of course you can learn all sorts of useful things from them, but that is not a professional grounding.

I think you would do better to acquire as much knowledge within your own field of work as you reasonably and possibly can, and so gain sufficient understanding from daily life.

In this way you will build up over the years a procedure that is peculiarly your own.

After all, there must be not only psychotherapists but also theologians with psychological knowledge, otherwise it would be better to turn the whole Church into a psychological clinic.

But the task of the Church is not the same as that of psychotherapy.

The Church means serving the community, therapy serves the individual.

There are plenty of people who can only be reached collectively.

Best thanks for your interesting review.

Your honest words will be a thorn in the flesh for many.

With best regards,

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. I, Page 235

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