Thursday, 21 May 2009

Jung quotes

Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist who lived from 1875 till 1961. He Integrated spirituality into psychology. He developed the concepts of the extraverted and the introverted personality, archetypes, the collective unconscious and synchronisity. Furthermore he argued that the behaviour, thoughts and emotions of people are greatly influenced by the unconcious.
His goal was for people to accept and integrate ones unconcious shadow side to become whole. With the shadow side he means the parts of us we are not proud of. When we reject or repress these parts it will find its way out in unhealthy ways. I admire Jung and love many of his quotes.
Children are educated by what the grown up is and not by his talk Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism. Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves. The healthy man does not torture others - generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers. The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves. Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you. The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong. The word “happiness” would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. There is no coming to consciousness without pain. We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood? The psyche is the greatest of all cosmic wonders and the “sin qua non” [indispensable ingredient] of the world as an object. It is in the highest degree odd that western man, with but very few- and ever fewer- exceptions, apparently pays so little regard to this fact. Swamped by the knowledge of external objects, the subject of all knowledge [the psyche] has been temporarily eclipsed to the point of seeming nonexistence.”


  1. Marja, what a wonderful post. I love many of those quips he spoke.

    Hope all is well on your corner of the earth. Take care kiddo.

  2. Wise words Mara! The photo was taken while we were flying over Franz Glacier. We actually landed there!
    Ascension Day is Hemelvaarstdag indeed. You like psychology I see! I studied psychology in Utrecht for a year. It was not my first choice, that's why I gave it up. Then I went to the trainingcollege for teachers and had a wonderful time. Thanks Mara for your visit.Have a great weekend.

  3. Missy my friend so good to have you back Yes all is well except that the weather is really stormy and freezing at the moment Winter has already started

    Oh wow that must have been wonderful We walked a few times to the glacier. I love the west coast
    Oh did you Yes I sure love psychology. When I win the lotto
    I would stop working and study psychology for fun!

  4. Jung fascinates me....the quote you have in the photo is one i have always liked.

    HE's a brilliant man and his theories and work continue to resonate on its own, but also through the ongoing work of other psychologists.

  5. I knew I should never have given him any encouragement he is stealing all my thunder!


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