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The Wisdom of Jung

Carl Jung (1875 – 1961) a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology, was influential in the fields of psychiatry, anthropology, philosophy, archaeology, literature, and religious studies. He worked as a research scientist at the famous Burghölzli hospital, where he came to the attention of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis. The two men collaborated for a while, on a joint vision of human psychology, with Freud seeing Jung as someone who could take forward his 'new science' of psychoanalysis — but Jung’s research and personal vision departed from his older colleague's doctrine, and a schism occurred. Jung established analytical psychology as a separate doctrine from Freud’s psychoanalysis.

Central concepts of analytical psychology include individuation, a lifelong psychological process of differentiation of the Self out of each individual's conscious and unconscious elements, which Jung considered to be the main task of human development. Some of the best known psychological concepts, including synchronicity, archetypal phenomena, the collective unconscious, the psychological complex, and extraversion and introversion, originated with Jung. In these quotes, the reader will recognise the concepts which underpin a great deal of fictive writing and the processes of the writer’s imagination.

'Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.'

'The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.'

'How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole.'

'Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.'

'The acceptance of oneself is the essence of the whole moral problem and the epitome of a whole outlook on life. That I feed the hungry, that I forgive an insult, that I love my enemy in the name of Christ -- all these are undoubtedly great virtues. What I do unto the least of my brethren, that I do unto Christ. But what if I should discover that the least among them all, the poorest of all the beggars, the most impudent of all the offenders, the very enemy himself -- that these are within me, and that I myself stand in need of the alms of my own kindness -- that I myself am the enemy who must be loved -- what then? As a rule, the Christian's attitude is then reversed; there is no longer any question of love or long-suffering; we say to the brother within us 'Raca,' and condemn and rage against ourselves. We hide it from the world; we refuse to admit ever having met this least among the lowly in ourselves.'

'Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.'

'The greatest tragedy of the family is the unlived lives of the parents.'

'I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.'

'We cannot change anything unless we accept it.'

'Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.'

'Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.'

'You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.'

'Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling.'

'Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.'

'As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.'

'Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.'

'Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event.'

'The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.'

'No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.'

'Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.'

'Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.'

'As a child I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know.'

'In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.'

'The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.'

'People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.'

'The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.'

'Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.'

'There's no coming to consciousness without pain.'

'One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.'


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