Mrs. Fraggle worked in health care for many years and had the same experience. She once worked the psych ward at night and practically all of the other staff were gay. I think the reason is that some of these jobs are not very popular so the hiring agency simply doesn't have the leeway to discriminate. They pretty much have to hire anybody who's willing to apply. But yes, I agree that gay people as a demographic seem to have a somewhat stronger nurturing instinct. I met many of the friends she picked up at work and they were all very "people-oriented." Perhaps their own childhoods (this was 30-40 years ago, long before the dam burst on gay rights) made them promise to themselves that they'd try to make life better for others. That's certainly fine. Having something to be proud of is obviously a great path to self esteem! As I've said a couple of times already, you really don't have the faintest idea about how psychotherapy works. Or perhaps you've talked to a few friends who endured the ministrations of a Freudian. The focus of a Jungian is to help you figure out who you are today and decide whether that person needs to change something in his life. Sure, in some cases the past has to be analyzed in order to figure out why the present is the way it is, otherwise it's difficult to devise a realistic plan for improving it. But a good shrink will direct the sessions much more toward taking control of the present, rather than analyzing the past. Indeed. The majority of men in U.S. prisons were abused by their fathers. Not so much has been written about men who were abused by their mothers. Perhaps this type of abuse is less common, but it's also possible that some men feel a sense of embarrassment for putting up with it and don't talk about it. If you ask me, any adult of any gender can terrorize a child of any gender. The stigma belongs on the adult, not the child... not even decades later. My mother wasn't quite bad enough to be formally classified as "abusive" (absolutely no physical punishment, as I noted before) but I always felt a sense of doom walking into the house. That was just from the screaming and empty threats. ("I'm going to move out of this house!" Oh how I dreamed of the day when she would fulfill that one!) Until the day she died I dreaded the ring of the phone because it might be her. Even Mrs. Fraggle picked up on that. The first time the phone rang after she died we looked at each other, slowly broke into matching smiles, and said, "We no longer fear the telephone!" Sure. Jungian therapists/analysts understand this very well. And therapists with diplomas are not the only people who can help. My own therapist said that the person who helped him the most when he was younger was an astrologer. He walked into her shop in desperation. She read him in five seconds and said, "It's obvious that you don't believe in astrology, so I'm not going to pull out my charts. Tell me what's bothering you and maybe we can do something about it." Half an hour later he walked out of her shop with a whole new attitude. The reason astrologers, palmists, Tarot readers, and all the rest of the "charlatans" are still in business is that they are healers who simply present an image that their particular clientele accepts as genuine. The best of them can "read" more about a customer in two minutes from his body language and casual conversation, than he knows about himself. Jungians are nothing more than healers whose skill is to help people who believe in anthropology rather than astrology.