Soul Loss or Sickness
The relevance of a sick soul or soul loss has not escaped the attention of some psychologists and phsicians. In her book, The Wounded Healer, Jeanne Achterberg wrote:
Soul loss - that is, injury to the inviolate core that is the essence of the person's being - does manifest in despair, immunological damage, cancer and a host of other very serious disorders. It seems to follow the demise of relationship with loved ones, career, or other significent attachments.
Many Jungian therapists have found a resonance between the concept of soul loss and their work. Marie Von Franz, a prominent Jungian analyst, wrote:
Soul loss can be observed today as a psychological phenomenon in the everyday lives of the human beings around us. Loss of the soul appears in the form of a sudden onset of apathy and listnessness; the joy has gone out of life, initiative is crippled, one feels empty, everything seems pointless.