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Stein, M. (2011). Faith and the Practising Analyst. J. Anal. Psychol., 56(3):397-406.

(2011). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 56(3):397-406

Faith and the Practising Analyst

Murray Stein, Ph.D.

In this brief essay, I reflect on three questions: What is ‘faith’ in a modern and post-modern cultural context? Do I, a Jungian analyst, have ‘faith’ or do I not? Does having ‘faith’ or not make a difference in the practice of analysis? I make reference to Jung's understanding of ‘faith’ and his frequent disclaimers about making metaphysical claims. I conclude that a post-credal ‘faith’ is possible for contemporary Jungian analysts, that I do have such a faith personally, and that in my experience this makes a significant difference in analytic practice at least with some patients. Traditional faith statements must be translated into depth psychological terms, however, in order for them to be applicable in post-modern, multicultural contexts.

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