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The wounded healer
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

My niece is celebrating her 37th birthday today. I remember when she was born. It seems like yesterday. Today she is a lovely woman, a clinical social worker with many skills and a generous and caring heart. Like most of us, she has walked through her own pain and come out stronger and more compassionate for having done so. She, like many of us, is a wounded healer.

The term wounded healer was originally coined by Carl Jung, whose colleague, Kerenyi, elucidated the archetype which refers to one who is willing to face, consciously experience, embrace, assent, and say “yes” to the mysteriously painful new place in themselves where a wound has led them.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:27 PM
 

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