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Carl Jung Free Quotes

by Steve M Nash
(Holmfirth, UK)

Weekly Wonder Online: 26

Carl Jung wonders...

"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.

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What I Wonder...

(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:

* selfishness

* thoughtlessness

* 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! :-)

Quick aside: I'm talking about shadows here, and John Monbourquette's book "How to Befriend Your Shadow" is really a must read...

Thank you,

PS And here are four more free inspirational quotes from Carl Gustav Jung

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

"Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism."

"Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making th e darkness conscious."

"The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely."

PPS Now please comment, please have your say - thanks.

Comments for Carl Jung Free Quotes

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Jan 26, 2011
Oh dear!...
by: Steve

Oh dear, I really do look a bit fed up with my lot doing this video. Like it was a chore or something. Oops. Must get back to 'a better attitude' when it comes to the privilege of sharing like this, oh yes I must lol

Still, it turned out not bad in the end... :-)


Jan 26, 2011
People who would run you down crossing the street...mmm
by: sandy

Thanks for providing a space where I can journal my feelings. There are many irritants, but one that stands out for me are people who are so driven that they lie and hurt people in an effort to get to the top.

For instance, they do passive agressive things and they pretend to get along with you when others are around. They even go so far as to drum up sympathy from others(pretending that someone is hurting them) when in fact they are the one who is the instigator.

I looked to see if these traits were in my own behavior and what I found is that my behavior was part of a continuum. For instance, I find myself at the other end of the spectrum where I don't speak up when I should against such behavior and/or I speak up and I'm so angry it brings the worst out of me.

So in actuality my weakness is causing them to further take advantage of the situation.

But I still wonder why they would want to hurt others who haven't hurt them and why they are driven to a fault. I know one possible answer: they are obviously insecure and define themselves based on their possessions. But I know, for myself, that "things" aren't everything.

So I finally let go of this situation as their behavior is not problem, but my behavior is the issue for me.

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