Although the concept of the wounded healer dates back to Greek Mythology, Carl Jung is credited with coining the term "Wounded Healer" The concept of the wounded healer has always been of interest to me and is a topic with which I have been extremely intrigued. The concept does not only apply to doctors, nurses, psychologist, etc, but to anyone who has been injured and as a result of that injury is capable of, and is willing to make the effort to relieve the suffering of another human being. What is it that these healers do? Probably one of the first things that they do is to encourage the person they are helping to feel a sense of hope . Some might say that they install hope in the individual they are helping. Because they themselves have overcome similar obstacles so too can the person who is being helped. As Dr. Richard Patterson so eloquently puts it, "If I can heal, so can you!" . Of course communicating a sense of compassion and acceptance are also key aspects of helping. While counseling clients it is important to help them challenge negative beliefs regarding their ability to heal from their current emotional injury or health related challenge. It may be likely that the best emotional healers are those who have dealt with considerable emotional pain and suffering and have healed from those experiences. For those of us who are suffering it might be helpful to ingrain in our minds that, "The wounds are the places where light enters" Rumi" . This phrase taken from a blog by Ipsita Pripandarshin.
The Wounded Healer
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