Carl Jung

Therapy is a wonderful thing for most individuals. But it is a blessing and a curse. You know how they say that ignorance is bliss? Well, in no ways is this more true than in regards to oneself, and one’s psyche. When you decide – for whatever reason – to take the plunge and commit to therapy sessions, there is a good chance you will get more than you bargained for. What I mean to say is that you will probably find out all kinds of things about yourself, that you wouldn’t necessarily have stumbled across in many other situations in life. A lot of people don’t tell you the truth about yourself. It is not a bad thing, necessarily, but it is a fact. Those who tell you the truth are your true friends. The others? For any number of reasons, they may not want to rock the boat. You are among those people, more often than not. Hiding behind the stories which you tell yourself as a defense mechanism, so you have to deal with all of your inadequacies and shortcomings. There is a darker side to you, a shadow (as Carl Jung coined), and it takes a lot of balls and dedication to contend with it. So when you sit down at that therapist’s office– incidentally, I’ve been told it is of the utmost importance to have a good rapport with your therapist. I have only have two therapists in my life, at different times, and I felt that both of them were right for me. I don’t know if this was a special case or not, but there was definitely a good connection there. I suppose I am lucky. At any rate, once you sit down on that chair or on that couch, something happens. Of course, there are those who don’t bother telling their therapist the truth, and those – I feel – are wasting their time, energy, money, and efforts on something which is futile. What is the point of going through that whole process, if you are not going to make the most out of it. Therapy is a complicated and sometimes exceedingly painful procedure. In some cases, it means digging and picking and finding underlying patterns which are interwoven into your life. You try and make some sense of why it is that you are who you are. Whatever the reason for your being in that chair, there is a purpose. Unless, again, you are merely there to pass the time and not to work. And it is work, make no mistake of that.

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