Gastritis and Ulcer: A Jungian approach

Author: Veronica Ciobănescu
Titu Maiorescu University, Bucharest, Romania

The present study is based on the idea that suppressed aggressiveness in some individual’s inner conflicts, the difficulties of managing external realities along with resentment may favor the development of abdominal conditions such as gastritis, gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcers. The Jungian analytical perspective it built around the idea that between “mental” and “organic” there is not a distinction and also that the symptoms of a somatic or psychic nature originate in the complexes.

In our paper in an initial phase we describe aspects regarding the origins and development of the ego which is connected to the symbolism of the stomach, thus analyzing the connection which elements specific to psychosomatics.

In a second phase we present a study case in which projective tests are utilized facilitating the discovering of psychological contents reflecting the shaping of negative mother complex. The analysis and interpretation of this case has been applied from the point of view of analytical Jungian psychology.

The paper offers an alternative towards the psychosomatic theoretical frame regarding the influence of the psychological factor on gastritis and ulcer and may represent a starting point for future research and also a source of information for practitioners of the psychotherapy domain.

Keywords: psychosomatics, stomach, gastritis, aggressiveness, analytical Jungian psychology, the mother complex.