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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Carl Jung: I was the first to raise the question of the relation between psychotherapy and religion




To the Rev. Kenneth Gordon Lafleur

Dear Sir, 11 June 1960

Thank you very much for your friendly letter.

I am glad to know that my ideas met an echo in yourself.

One sentence in your letter has puzzled me.

You write:

"I hope that you will not be too discouraged concerning the possibility of religion's part in the necessary process of individuation of personality."

I don't see where you get the impression that I might be discouraged in this respect, since I was the first to emphasize the enormous role religion plays particularly in the individuation process, as I was the first to raise the question of the relation between psychotherapy and religion in its practical aspects.

I should hardly risk all these misunderstandings if I had been discouraged.

I can tell you moreover that it needed some courage to deal with the religious question at all.

I should appreciate it therefore all the more if you could kindly enlighten me about the meaning of the sentence quoted above.

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 566