Anna M. Gassol

Doctora en Psicologia


Jungian Analysis and Psychotherapy


To become an analyst we first need to work on our personal analysis to learn progressively to look at our interior.  Through our practice we continue exercising this type of approach because we need to grasp the inner being of our analysands.  What we perceive in them, unless we actualize defensive mechanisms, at the same time touches our inner being in a constant reciprocity that never ends, and that creates a way of relating to our clients: a soul relationship.  The task of our profession is to work out the analytical view.  An analyst assumes that behaviour has a meaningful ‘inside’ and by getting inside the problem he or she will be able to understand its meaning.  This approach is psychological.  Or we can say, the soul is its first premise.

Why then are there some therapists, either psychiatrists or psychologists who have in their mind “perfection”?  Or why are they more oriented to the ego than to the path of the soul?

Psychiatry means “healing or therapy of the psyche oriented to wholeness”.  In the field of Medicine we only find three specializations whose names use “iatreia” instead of “logos”: psychiatry, pediatrics, and geriatrics.  The specializations that use “logos” are in charge of parts of the individual, as for example cardiology.  Interestingly enough we find “gynecology” oriented only to women. Only female (or only male) means only a part, not wholeness. In Plato’s Symposium it was said that men and women were separated from their whole being (from an androgynous wholeness) and this is why they need to look for completeness.  But children and the elderly are themselves complete; so we do not say “pediology” or “geriatrology”.   Psychiatry is supposed to attain the wholeness of the individual by understanding the sicknesses of the soul and by treating these from a whole approach.  But currently psychiatry tends to emphasize only the biological aspect (of the psyche), and in this fashion some psychiatrists end up orienting their work to a part of the individual – the brain -, instead of the soul.

Psychology means “Logos of the psyche”.  We may understand “Logos” either as a psychological function oriented to the “discernment of the psyche in parts” or as “the telling”.  As  “the telling of the soul” we refer literally to the wholeness of the individual. Some psychologists understand psychological matters as this telling of the soul, and if so, they work overall with the soul and accept imperfection. But the discernment of the psyche in parts undertaken through judgments which do not take meaning into account result in an inadequate understanding of the psyche, in which the individual becomes divided: its psyche is studied by being analyzed in parts, for which a strong ego becomes necessary to the individual. 

What makes human beings an enjoyable object of work for some analysts, as myself, might be their quality of imperfection, and so, of humanity (instead of divinity). Analysis approaches the process of achieving wholeness rather than perfection. Wholeness includes good and bad, beauty and ugliness, sanity and insanity, etc. Wholeness never means perfection. Wholeness aims for integration, not for separation.

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