Friday, 4 May 2012

Carl Jung thoughts


§  Death is psychologically as important as birth... Shrinking away from it is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose.
§  Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
§  Follow that will and that way which experience confirms to be your own.
§  Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off.
§  I cannot love anyone if I hate myself. That is the reason why we feel so extremely uncomfortable in the presence of people who are noted for their special virtuousness, for they radiate an atmosphere of the torture they inflict on themselves. That is not a virtue but a vice.
§  I could not say I believe— I know! I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself, something that people call God. (When asked if he believed in God.)
§  I have never encountered a difficulty that was not truly the difficulty of myself.
§  If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.
§  Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purpose through him. As a human being he may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is "man" in a higher sense— he is "collective man"— one who carries and shapes the unconscious, psychic forms of mankind.
§  Children are educated by what the grownup is and not by what he says.
§  If people can be educated to see the lowly side of their own natures, it may be hoped that they will also learn to understand and to love their fellow men better. A little less hypocrisy and a little more tolerance towards oneself can only have good results in respect for our neighbor; for we are all too prone to transfer to our fellows the injustice and violence we inflict upon our own natures.
§  In the second half of life the necessity is imposed of recognizing no longer the validity of our former ideals but of their contraries. Of perceiving the error in what was previously our conviction, of sensing the untruth in what was our truth, and of weighing the degree of opposition, and even of hostility, in what we took to be love.
§  Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.
§  Man's task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious.
§  Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.
§  Nothing worse could happen to one than to be completely understood.
§  Superstition and accident manifest the will of God.
§  The achievements which society rewards are won at the cost of diminution of personality.
§  The attainment of wholeness requires one to stake one’s whole being. Nothing less will do; there can be no easier conditions, no substitutes, no compromises.
§  The brain is viewed as an appendage of the genital glands. (Comment upon Freudian psychology).
§  The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves.
§  The Collected Works of C. G. Jung: Psychological types
§  The foundation of all mental illness is the avoidance of true suffering.
§  The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown.
§  The healthy man does not torture others — generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.
§  The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.
§  Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune.
§  We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
§  What youth found and must find outside, the man of life's afternoon must find within himself. Here we face new problems which often cause the doctor no light headache. The transition from morning to afternoon means a revaluation of the earlier values. There comes the urgent need to appreciate the value of the opposite of our former ideals, to perceive the error in our former convictions, to recognize the untruth in our former truth, and to feel how much antagonism and even hatred lay in what, until now, had passed for love.
§  When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.
§  Whenever justice is uncertain and police spying and terror are at work, human beings fall into isolation, which, of course, is the aim and purpose of the dictator state, since it is based on the greatest possible accumulation of depotentiated social units.
§  Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart ... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
§  Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.

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