The wounded healer as cultural archetype

Galia Benziman, Ruth Kannai, Ayesha Ahmad

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In their article "The Wounded Healer as Cultural Archetype" Galia Benziman, Ruth Kannai, and Ayesha Ahmad discuss the topos of the wounded healer, a concept of an archetypal dynamic coined by Jung to describe a phenomenon which may take place between analyst and analyzed. They examine representations of the archetype in diverse cultures and demonstrate how a reading of its various narratives may enrich our theoretical and practical understanding of the importance of empathy and mutuality in the healing process. The archetype of the wounded healer is valuable in acknowledging cultural diversity, as well as universal parallels between healing practices in African, Christian, Jewish, and Moslem versions of the archetype.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCLCWeb - Comparative Literature and Culture
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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