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(2005). The unfolding and healing of analytic boundary violations: Personal, clinical and cultural considerations. J. Anal. Psychol., 50(5):661-691.

(2005). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 50(5):661-691

The unfolding and healing of analytic boundary violations: Personal, clinical and cultural considerations


Editor's note

We have taken the unusual step of publishing the following paper anonymously in order to protect the identity of the author and also of the Institute referred to in the paper. The paper has been disguised so that the country from which the paper originated and the language in which it was initially written-cannot be identified. We are especially grateful to the author who has so generously placed the need of the analytic community to learn from her experience above the recognition she would gain from a named paper.

The author has asked for the following acknowledgement to be made: ‘I wish to acknowledge those individuals who have walked these same paths, including a dear friend and Jungian colleague, who reminded me in a dream, “the work continues”’.

Jungian analysts are not exempt from an unconscious engagement in a group complex. The author hypothesizes that there is a silent, dark legacy of belief in the superiority of men's judgment and the inferiority of women's, left by Jung, that has had a wounding impact on—some Jungian analysands. Conscious and—public mourning may be needed to heal our cultural complex. The author, a woman, traces the origins of her own patriarchal complexes and reveals how in her first analysis these mingled with the patriarchal complex shared by a Jungian institute, her two male analysts, and their former analyst, a pillar of the institute's community. Her first analyst aborted her analysis to begin a personal partnership with her. Her second analyst unconsciously colluded with the first analyst in not exploring this outcome as a violation. This resulted in a second compromised treatment. The senior analyst who had been these two analysts own analyst was consulted, and he too failed to address the transgression. After experiencing severe symptomatology, the patient entered a third analysis with a woman where transference and regression were the focus. Eventually, meaning was found in the confrontations with the particular Jungian organization and its ethics committee, who acknowledged the first analyst's behaviour to be unethical. The author sees this process as a paradigm for the enactment and healing of a group complex.

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