A Spotlight on Carl Jung
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” –Carl Jung
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Spotlight: Carl Jung
Carl Jung (1875–1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology.
His work is deep, and a careful expedition into his writings quickly leads you to a dark sea where you may stumble onto a startling truth that you contain multitudes.
Exploring his work will help you internalize the idea that YOU matter, and that there is a hidden purpose and reason for who you are and where you’re at in life. With hard work, you can find it.
You, your inner world, and perhaps the collective unconscious, are all far more interesting than any garbage currently circulating on the news or masquerading as entertainment. Your thoughts will become filled with meaning the moment you think they are.
To get you started down the rabbit hole that is Jung’s works, here are some of our favorite quotes:
The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.
A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them. As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.
The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.
Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
There is no coming to consciousness without pain.
In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.
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Freud vs Jung
“In 1912, while on a lecture tour of America, Jung publicly criticized Freud’s theory of the Oedipus complex and his emphasis on infantile sexuality. The following year this led to an irrevocable split between them and Jung went on to develop his own version of psychoanalytic theory…”
For More On Carl
If you are interested in reading about Jung’s work from the man himself, we recommend starting with these:
The Nature Of Dreams
“How the mind works when it is dreaming is one of the most curious things in Nature. For millions of years men have dreamed; for years dreams have been studied, but even yet there is much to be learned concerning them. What causes our dreams? There are many factors at work, of which only a few can be touched upon here…”
Published in 1923, The Nature of Dreams is part of the Pocket Series collection. It was written by Dr. Hereward Carrington and is a fantastic, short read about the dream world.
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