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Christian Perspective: Psychology of Freud and Jung

From a Christian Perspective; Any ideas on these two questions? For #2. I do know what the terms mean, I'm just not sure how to effectively compare the two. The answers do not have to be lengthy just fairly concise.

1. What did Freud do for us as counselors? Where did he get it right? Where did he get it wrong? What makes the most sense? Would you use any part(s) of his theories when you counsel?

2. Jung believed in a spiritual realm, and tried to be attuned to it. How do you think most people would view his theories today? Discuss any "truths" that can be found in the following: Anima, Animus, Shadow, and Persona. How do these relate to Freud's Id, Ego, and Superego?

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1. What did Freud do for us as counselors? Where did he get it right? Where did he get it wrong? What makes the most sense? Would you use any part(s) of his theories when you counsel?

Freud's contributions depend somewhat on what works for each counselor.

However, the defense mechanisms are important and useful in counseling, because many people protect themselves (often unconsciously) by using these defense mechanism. When the client begins to trust the counselor and willing to talk about her or his experiences, some of these defenses come to conscious awareness and the counselor can gain a better understanding of the client understanding and when the time is right (after rapport is build) provide the client with feedback or educate the client about defense mechanisms. Sometime, free association is also helpful, just letting the client talk about issues. It can help the client become aware of things that they were not aware of before and often become "unstuck" When they talk about issues. This in a sense aligns with Rogation talk therapy. However, Freud sat behind the client and this would not be used by many, unless they were actually trained in Psychoanalysis.

The unconscious aspects of behavior are also important when working with some clients. Often we bury experiences, which need to be brought to conscious awareness, often through the relationship with the therapist/client. There is a transference that occurs as Freud proposed as well as counter-transference that counselors also need to be aware of in the counseling sessions. Often, the client does use the relationship with the counselor to work out issues. Although Freud thought this was essential to therapy, and most people do not, it does occur, and the counselor can use it effectively to bring these experiences to the client's awareness. (If a client is reacting with anger towards the counselor, she could turn it around and ask the client if she ever felt this way in another relationship, for example).

Paying attention to dreams is also important, as they are telling a person about some important issue. For example, certain dreams depict feeling of inadequacy or fear, things that, once talked about, can be very helpful to the client. It client can then determine if these feelings depicted in the dream have any relevance to their present or past life experiences. They often do. I think it is like Freud suggested that we work out our wishes and feelings through our dreams. When we identify the feeling associated with the dream, it can be enlightening to what has or is going on in your life. For example, when I have too much on my plate, I have one dream where I am trying to get from one side of the room to the other, but no matter how hard I try, I cannot get there. I am frustrated and no matter how much I try, I never reach the other side in this dream. This same dream comes when I am 'too' busy, and I am feeling overwhelmed and almost paralyzed to get everything done. I pay attention to this dream and make some changes. Dreams can be from God. The Bible says that my draughts will have dreams (paraphrased). Unlike Freud's interpretation, though, which was often (if not always) very sexual in content and interpretation. However, dreams can be a useful tool in counseling. By helping her clients understand their dreams - or at least to record and think about them introspectively - will help the clients develop that crucial intuitive and reflective consciousness need to make significant breakthroughs in self-actualization. http://www.gnosisarts.com/resources-philosophy-counseling-psychology.html

The ego, id and superego can be useful when interpreted in terms of Christian terminology - our passions and temptations to sin (id) and the self (ego) and our conscience (superego) that helps to keep us on track. From a Christian perspective, our conscience is God whispering in our ear of what is right and wrong. Our temptations are the id and our conscious helps do what is right.

Freud's notion that religion was good for people and ...

Solution Summary

From a Christian perspective, this solution responds to the two questions in some detail.

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