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10 Life Changing Quotes From Carl Jung

Carl Gustav Jung, one of Sigmund Freud's most prominent students, developed many ideas that are considered the foundations of modern psychology. Not only did Jung's theories help therapists better understand their patients, they also helped adapt appropriate treatments, and even influenced art and the field of behavioral science. Indeed, Carl Jung has had a tremendous impact on many areas, and today we’ll delve into 10 of his life-changing inspirational quotes.


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1. "There is no recipe for living that fits all cases."

Jung believed that everyone should live their life according to their values and principles, and if not, then their soul would be hurt. Jung also argued in his book, "The Undiscovered Self," that the problems that beset man are caused by his distancing himself from his intellectual foundations. In other words, each of us must live our lives in our own way, while allowing others to live their lives in their own way.

2. "Faith, hope, love, and insight are the highest achievements of human effort.

In today's world, we place much more emphasis on material things; We need to have the latest technology, to have the most beautiful clothes, and to live in our perfect dream house. On the other hand, Jung believed that for sound mental health, a person should simply direct himself to finding his true self, and only then can he live a happy and satisfying life.

3. "Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness."

One of the topics that psychologists are constantly discussing is the subject of happiness, and most of them conclusively agree that we should not aspire to be continually happy but to understand that life has dark and difficult periods, and that is natural. As Jung said, the days are as long as the night, and apparently, you can’t be happy if you’ve never experienced a certain degree of sadness.
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4. "The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you really are."

Jung believed that trying to live as authentically as possible was the only way to feel satisfied with human existence. He spoke a great deal about finding the true self through different parts of the personality to which he called archetypes, which we all must recognize within ourselves and accept in order to attain that desired satisfaction from life, rather than trying to bury them and forget about them.

5. "it all depends on how we look at things, and not on how they are in themselves."

Our perception of life can change its whole essence, and there is no doubt that each of us encounters situations in which our point of view determines how we interpret them. Jung explained that our behavior is shaped by our past experiences and aspirations, and therefore we can look at every situation that happens in our lives in different ways. The important thing is that we recognize this happening before we jump to conclusions about the essence of our life.

6. "Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself."

Many of us know what it feels like to be alone, even when we are surrounded by many people or friends. Jung believed we all need a person in our life to whom we can tell our most private and secret thoughts and feelings. In other words, a person who knows who we really are, without masks. Jung argued that loneliness arises when we do not communicate with people about what really matters to us, or when we prevent ourselves from expressing our opinion on certain subjects because of fear of rejection.
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7. "Your heart knows the answer."

Jung spoke at length about the unconscious self and the unconscious ego, and that we must learn to listen to our inner voice telling us when we are on the right path and when we are not. He believed that our hearts had all the answers to the questions of life that come to us, and it doesn’t matter whether you call it intuition or gut feeling, it exists within your subconscious.

8. "We cannot change anything unless we accept it."

Are you familiar with the saying “you can’t help someone who won’t help himself”? It’s usually said about addicts, but Jung believed it to be true for every case of life- it is impossible to change a situation or fix a problem until you recognize and accept it. In many cases, we must become aware of the shadow archetype within us - the part of our personality that is darker and harder to accept. It can also mean that we have to understand that we wear masks when we face the outside world, whereas our true self is often exposed only at moments when we are alone with ourselves, but many are afraid to confront this self.

9. "I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.."

According to Jung's theories, our environment has little impact on shaping our personality. What does have a significant impact on the personality and the soul is confronting the fears and weaknesses we have, and once you deal with them properly you can become anything you want. What stops you is not the situation, but your fear of it.
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10. "Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."

Jung argued that the only way to know ourselves properly is to examine our feelings, senses, and desires. We can never get to the point where we know ourselves properly by trying to look for external solutions - the answers are always within us. Therefore, we must not ignore the emotions we experience and must explore them in depth to understand the real reasons for them and the things our soul really wants and needs.
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