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Number 12: Summer 2016

Anxiety as Authenticity in the Face of Our Being-Towards-Death

Haya Oakley


Many years ago, I bumped into an ex-patient of mine in the dressing room of a ladies’ sauna. We were both naked. We said hello and got on with the things one does whilst getting ready to leave. At the end, now fully dressed, the ex-patient came over to me and told me a story. When she worked as a nurse, she once looked after an older Jungian analyst. On the back of his wardrobe door, he had a cartoon pinned up which depicted a patient on a couch and an analyst who was saying to the patient: ‘Right, you are cured now. Whatever inhibitions you have got left, hang on to them as you will need them to get on with your life.’


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