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Jung: Mentor for pastoral counselors

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This chapter provides some reflections concerning how the thought and writings of Swiss psychiatrist, Carl G. Jung can be helpful for practitioners of the ministry and art of pastoral counseling. In the last third of the previous century, Jung had enjoyed immense popularity in both the helping-professional and popular cultures. Of all the many psychologists/psychiatrists who have penned theories of personality, Jung exhibits perhaps the deepest familiarity with world cultures, philosophies, and literatures. Theologically, Jung emended the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to make it a quaternity. Drawing from the research, writings, and clinical practice of Jung, the author suggests 10 things to remember by pastoral counselors in their ministry. He offers an analysis and critique of the main contributions, theoretical, practical, and spiritual, of this "wisdom figure" for 21st century counselors and their clients.

Keywords: Carl G. Jung; Christian doctrine; pastoral counselors; psychiatrists; Trinity; wisdom figure; world cultures



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