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Thursday, May 10, 2007


IN MY STUDY of psychology, there are at least 4 psychologists who are influential in my life:

1. Sigmund Freud - because of his id, ego and super-ego concept and that your motivations are actually a function of your physical desires.
2. Viktor Frankl - his concept on man's capability to find meaning in his existence. His book Man's Search for Meaning is just so riveting and at the same time hopeful as he narrated his life in a concentration camp.
3. Carl Rogers - who inlfuenced me about becoming to be I want to become - that I am someone who can make the best out of my difficulties and maladjustments, that I am rational and I can solve my own maladjustments, and lastly,
4. Carl Jung - because his theories are more "rational" and realistic than Freud's. It is something I can touch, taste and feel.

Of the four, I like Jung most. That is why I am dedicating this section for "Jungianisms" or some of the quotations I gathered from the net:

  • A shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

  • All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
  • An inflated consciousness is always egocentric and conscious of nothing but its own existence. It is incapable of learning from the past, incapable of understanding contemporary events, and incapable of drawing right conclusions about the future. It is hypnotized by itself and therefore cannot be argued with. It inevitably dooms itself to calamities that must strike it dead.
  • Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.
  • Death is psychologically as important as birth... Shrinking away from it is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose.
  • Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
  • Follow that will and that way which experience confirms to be your own.
  • Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off.
  • I cannot love anyone if I hate myself. That is the reason why we feel so extremely uncomfortable in the presence of people who are noted for their special virtuousness, for they radiate an atmosphere of the torture they inflict on themselves. That is not a virtue but a vice.
  • I have never encountered a difficulty that was not truly the difficulty of myself.
  • If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.
  • If people can be educated to see the lowly side of their own natures, it may be hoped that they will also learn to understand and to love their fellow men better. A little less hypocrisy and a little more tolerance towards oneself can only have good results in respect for our neighbor; for we are all too prone to transfer to our fellows the injustice and violence we inflict upon our own natures.
  • Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
  • Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.
  • Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.
  • People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul.
  • Sentimentality is a superstructure covering brutality.
  • Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy between the genius and his human qualities that one has to ask oneself whether a little less talent might not have been better.

2 people have commented. Leave your comments too!:

I had always been fascinated by Carl Jung ever since I came across his writings.

Really, Señor!
Although Freud's discussion about libido is much more exciting, Jung is more grounded.

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