98 Part II Psychodynamic Theories
The middle-aged doctor sat at his desk in deep contemplation and concern. A 6-
year relationship with an older friend and mentor had recently ended on bitter terms, and the doctor felt frustrated and uncertain of his future. He no longer had confidence hi his maimer of treating patients and had begun to simply allow them to talk, not offering any specific advice or treatment.
For some months the doctor had been having bizarre, inexplicable dreams and seehig strange, mysterious visions. None of this seemed to make sense to him. He felt lost and disoriented—unsure whether or not the work he had been trained to do was hideed science.
A moderately gifted artist, he had begun to illustrate his dreams and visions with little or no comprehension of what the finished product might mean. He had also been writing down his fantasies without really trying to understand them.
On this particular day, he began to ponder: "What am I really doing?" He doubted if his work was science but was uncertain about what it was. Suddenly, to his astonishment, he heard a clear, distinct feminine voice from within him say, "It is art." He recognized the voice as that of a gifted female patient who had strong, positive feelings for him. He protested to the voice that his work was not art, but no answer was immediately forthcoming. Then, returning to his writing, he agahi heard the voice say, "That is art." When he tried to argue with the voice, no answer came. He reasoned that the "woman from within" had no speech center so he suggested that she use his. This she did, and a lengthy conversation followed.
The middle-aged doctor who talked to the "woman from within" was Carl Gus-tav Jung, and the time was the winter of 1913-1914. Jung had been an early admirer and friend of Sigmund Freud, but when theoretical differences arose, then personal relationship broke up, leaving Jung with bitter feelings and a deep sense of loss.
The above story is but one of many strange and bizarre occurrences experienced by Jung during his midlife "confrontation with the unconscious." An interesting account of his unusual journey into the recesses of his psyche is found in Jungs auto-biography Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Jung, 1961).
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