"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."
Listen to my thoughts about Carl Jungs's inspirational quote in the video below. You'll also discover a bit more about a favourite part of West Yorkshire, this time a park in the centre of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.
(NOTE: Yes, I wrote any captions you see in this video. It's called self-deprecation, and it's mostly a healthy thing (I think!).)
So, as I say in the video, Carl Gustav Jungs's inspirational quote is one of those that has to apply to the listener.
This is not one of those free inspirational quotes where you can nonchalantly nod in agreement with, think of someone it applies to, and then dismiss it and get on with the rest of our day.
Jung's words are about us, about the irritations we feel about a part of ourselves (quite often) that we would much rather not have to face.
So when your friend irritates you for being just soooo bossy, and controlling...
When your partner annoys the heck out of you for being soooo lazy, and slothful...
Or when a sibling is being selfish again, and you've just about had enough of it...
Well, quite often, your 'irritation' is simply a mechanism to make you aware that these irritating qualities are quite possibly in you, too, and you're so in denial of them that you simply have to get mad - to get angry with the 'messenger'.
(The irritation may also be because you DON'T have these qualities, but you'd be best served if you DID have them!)
So, for me, some of the qualities in others that most irritate are the following:
* always wanting to be the centre of attention
* being a drama queen (or drama king)
And I would do well to remember that my irritation with the person who has these qualities is most likely an irritation with myself having (or NOT having) these qualities.
And, as you'll see in the other Carl Jung free inspirational quotes below, inner peace only comes when you can fully accept who you are as a person - warts and all.
And so you can bet that if I was accepting of my own selfishness, and my own thoughtlessness, and if I was okay with sharing my own dramas a bit more with the world and with being the centre of attention just a little bit more, that I would be far less likely to be irritated when I encountered these qualities in others.
That's what I say, anyway, in response to Carl Jung's quote.
As ever, though, I'd love to hear what you think too, I really would.
Yes, that's right, I'd love to hear your wisdom, your thoughts, regarding this Carl Jung quote! :-)