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Jung and the shamanic wounded healer: implications for psychotherapists

Dr John Merchant

The emotional impact of client material on psychotherapists is an experience which dogs many practitioners. Jung refers to such experiences as psychic infections, connecting them to the old idea of the demon of sickness whereby a sufferer can transmit his disease to a healthy person whose powers then subdue the demon. All this is reminiscent of a shamanic way of working. In the Jungian tradition, not only is the shaman seen as the archetypal wounded healer par excellence because they turn states of derangement into a self-cure but only those who work in a shamanic way are considered true Jungians. 

WORLD DREAMING: WORLD CONGRESS FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY
24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
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Dr John Merchant

Dr John Merchant is a Psychologist and Jungian Analyst providing private psychological services to adults in Sydney as the principal consultant for John Merchant & Associates Pty Ltd. John supervises intern psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors both in Australia and overseas. John Merchant is a graduate of the University of Sydney in Psychology and Zoology with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Western Sydney. His career began in welfare work running residential programs for troubled youth with drug and alcohol problems. On returning from fieldwork in the USA with the GROW movement (an Australian based self-help group for people recovering from mental illness), he moved into secondary education with a primary focus on student welfare. In response to his clinical interests, John subsequently undertook Jungian Analyst training. John is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the International Association for Analytical Psychology and is a Training Analyst and previous Vice-President of the Australian & New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysts.He is the Author of: Shamans and Analysts; New Insights on the Wounded Healer. Routledge 2011

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