By Brianna Wiest

Carl Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist, and is known for founding what we know today as analytical psychology. The core tenet of analytical psychology is individuation, which is the process of integrating opposites (good and bad, conscious and unconscious, etc.) while maintaining their autonomy individually.

Through this, he created some of the world’s most-known psychological concepts, including the archetype, the collective unconscious, the complex, extraversion and introversion, etc. All of this to say: there are novels worth of information that can be shared on behalf of Jung’s life work, but to keep it simple, here are 17 of his most widely-recognizable quotes and teachings.

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”

“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.”

“Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.”

“The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.”

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

“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.”

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.”

“There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.”

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”

“Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.”

“What you resist, persists.”

“Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.”


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