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I thought I'd share some words of the famed Swiss psychologist:
"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves."
Perhaps I should have posted this in the political or religious forums??
no no, this forum is good enough to post it, no more religious posts.
What you have shared is very important to realize but we hardly care and at the end of the day we keep blaming to each other.
It's a wonderful quote, and so true. But before posting it there, I recommend that you put on an asbestos suit.
So does the fact that you have never irritated me mean that I can learn nothing from you?
Seems wrong to me
no, we can learn from anyone or anything.
what he is referring to his philosophy of the shadow self, the duality of man.
you can find much of his teaching online or find a decent book at the library. he's worth reading.
pcunix - the concepts are not mutually exclusive.
I think it's very true. I studied him while in school and find his work very helpful.
to put that same thought in Will Rogers speak, "let's be honest with ourselves, and not take ourselves too serious, and never condemn the other fellow for doing what we are doing every day, only in a different way."
there's a good book discussing his principles, Jung to Live by by Eugene Pascal
It only works if a person can also be honest with themselves.
So true Lorlie. It's often a shock to realize that Jung is right, (I believe) but often, I just want to ignore this truism!
There's an old saying, which I can't quite recall, but it goes something like: "The biggest troublemaker in your life is staring at you in the mirror."
If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.
Thank you for starting this discusstion. I have enjoyed reading the responses of everyone who has taken the time to ponder this thought.
I agree with the importance of accepting the shadow side of our own personalities, and those of others. We need the shadow. I love to look at my dreams. They say so much about how we truly feel about our lives and relationships. Carl Jung's writing about the subject is timeless, and his wisdom informs the most creative minds of today. Look up the work of Eric Maisel, a creativity consultant/life coach.
If one does not like to have any relationship with any religion, we cannot deny the spiritual nature of all the ways in which we are connected with others. There is wisdom in all the various cultural and spiritual traditions of the world, and Jung's writing spoke to that.
I can and do deny any 'spiritual" nonsense, sorry.
There is nothing spiritual about any of this.
I agree, it's important to make friends with your shadow and work towards integrating that part of yourself.
Didn't Jung also say that those who feature in your dreams can represent parts of our own personality? I think this makes absolute sense, since we may be inclined to disown certain feelings if they sit uncomfortably with us, giving them (at least unconsciously) to another person allows us to distance ourselves from such feelings.
Understanding "is not moved into action by any incidental cause, but by the removal of obstacles." Because of the magnetic qualities of habitual mental patterns and memory, a relationship of cause and effect clings even though there may be a change of embodiment by class, space and time. The desire to control and subjugate (to be right) comes from the "I" or "das ich", the ego. So the concepts of learning from others, or learning from our mistakes, or disliking in others what we dislike most in ourselves, is only relevant if we are open to removing obstacles to self awareness and examination.
Just a side note but Socrates is often called the father of Philosophy...is it not amazing that he did not write a single word about the subject during his life. I find that incredible.
To get back to the quote..I think it is a terrific one filled with layers of insight in a few words.
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