Carl Jung, fully Carl Gustav Jung

Jung, fully Carl Gustav Jung

Swiss Psychiatrist, Influential Thinker, and Founder of Analytical Psychology

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It all depends on how we look at things, not how they are in themselves.

People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls.

Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment, and especially on their children, than the unlived lives of the parents.

Meaning makes a great many things endurable-- perhaps everything.

Man everywhere is dangerously unaware of himself. We really know nothing about the nature of man, and unless we hurry to get to know ourselves we are in dangerous trouble.

Meaning" differentiates synchronicity from a synchronous event.

The sense of boredom which… appears in analysis is simply an expression of the monotony and poverty of ideas, not of the unconscious… but of the analyst.

The serious problems in life… are never fully solved. If ever they should appear to be so, it is a sure sign that something has been lost. The meaning and purpose of a problem seems not to lie in its solution but in our working at it incessantly.

The telling of a person’s life is whether or not [she or] he is related to the infinite.

The two fundamental points in dealing with dreams are these: First, the dream should be treated as a fact, about which one must make no previous assumption except that it somehow makes sense; and second, the dream is a specific expression of the unconscious.

The word `happiness’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.

To ask the right question is already half the solution of a problem.

Unless we prefer to be made fools of by our illusions, we shall, by carefully analyzing every fascination, extract from it a portion of our own personality, like a quintessence, and slowly come to recognize that we meet ourselves time and time again in a thousand disguises on the path of life. This, however, is a truth which only profits the man who is temperamentally convinced of the individual and irreducible reality of his fellow man.

The cure works best when the doctor himself believes in his own formulae, otherwise he may be overcome by scientific doubt and so lose the proper convincing tone.

We are susceptible only to those suggestions with which we are already secretly in accord.

The decisive question for man is: Is he related to something infinite or not? That is the telling question of his life. Only if we know that the thing which truly matters is the infinite can we avoid fixing our interest upon futilities, and upon all kinds of goals which are not of real importance.

We can never finally know. I simply believe that some part of human self or soul is not subject to the laws of space and time.

The doctor should not strive to heal at all costs. One has to be exceedingly careful not to impose one’s own will and conviction on the patient... Sometimes it is really a question whether you are allowed to rescue a man from the fate he must undergo for the sake of his further development.

Were it not for the leaping and twinkling of the soul, man would rot away in his greatest passion, idleness.

The dogma that “mental diseases are diseases of the brain” is a hangover from the materialism of the 1870s. It has become a prejudice which hinders all progress, with nothing to justify it.

What if I should discover that the poorest of the beggars and the most impudent of offenders are all within me, and that I stand in need of the alms of my own kindness; that I myself am the enemy who must be loved – what then?

The greater the tension, the greater is the potential. Great energy springs from a correspondingly great tension of opposites.

What youth found and must find outside, the man of life’s afternoon must find within himself.

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

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

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Swiss Psychiatrist, Influential Thinker, and Founder of Analytical Psychology