Psychoanalysis Quotes

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1. “The woman who refuses to see her sexual organs as mere wood chips, designed to make the man's life more comfortable, is in danger of becoming a lesbian--an active, phallic woman, an intellectual virago with a fire of her own .... The lesbian body is a particularly pernicious and depraved version of the female body in general; it is susceptible to auto-eroticism, clitoral pleasure and self-actualization.”

Tags : Feminism Lesbianism Lesbians Orientation Psychoanalysis Psychology Sexuality
Author : Sigmund Freud

2. “A person who has not been completely alienated, who has remained sensitive and able to feel, who has not lost the sense of dignity, who is not yet "for sale", who can still suffer over the suffering of others, who has not acquired fully the having mode of existence - briefly, a person who has remained a person and not become a thing - cannot help feeling lonely, powerless, isolated in present-day society. He cannot help doubting himself and his own convictions, if not his sanity. He cannot help suffering, even though he can experience moments of joy and clarity that are absent in the life of his "normal" contemporaries. Not rarely will he suffer from neurosis that results from the situation of a sane man living in an insane society, rather than that of the more conventional neurosis of a sick man trying to adapt himself to a sick society. In the process of going further in his analysis, i.e. of growing to greater independence and productivity,his neurotic symptoms will cure themselves.”

Tags : Humanism Philosophy Psychoanalysis Psychology
Author : Erich Fromm

3. “For Freud, the semiotic trajectory of the dreamwork determines a phantom architectonics: a cartography of nowhere, an architecture of nothing (or the unconscious), and an archaeology of imaginary depth that always takes place on the surface. As a practice and sensibility, psychoanalysis remains attuned to superficiality; it constitutes a search for depth on the surface of things.”

Tags : Dreams Dreamwork Freud Nowhere Psychoanalysis Surface
Source : Atomic Light

4. “A wise man can say a foolish thing at any time, anywhere, and to anybody.”

Tags : Anybody Beguile Cleverness Craft Dishonest Evolution Folly Fugitive Indiscretion Insincerity Little Minds Mentality Neophyte Simpletons Small Minds Tyro Unethical Universal Truth

5. “Although psychoanalysts, including Freud, tended to acknowledge sexual trauma as tragic and harmful (Freud, 1905b, 1917), the subject seems to have been too awful to consider seriously in civilized company. One notable exception, Sandor Ferenczi, presented a paper entitled “Confusion of Tongues between the Adult and the Child: The Language of Tenderness and of Passion” (1955), to the Psychoanalytic Congress in 1932. In this presentation he talked about the helplessness of the child when confronted with an adult who uses the child’s vulnerability to gain sexual gratification. Ferenczi talked with more eloquence than any psychiatrist before him about the helplessness and terror experienced by children who were victims of interpersonal violence, and he introduced the critical concept that the predominant defense available to children so traumatized is “identification with aggressor.” The response of the psychoanalytic community seems to have been one of embarrassment, and the paper was not published in English until 1949, 17 years after Ferenczi’s death (Masson, 1984).”

Tags : Child Abuse Child Sexual Abuse Freud Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Psychoanalysis Psychology Ptsd Sigmund Freud Society Denial
Source : Handbook of PTSD: Science and Practice

6. “Il n'y a pas de rapport sexuel.”

Tags : Psychoanalysis Relationship Sex Sexes
Author : Jacques Lacan
Source : The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis

7. “How much more generous it would be if, instead of writing parables about childhood wounds, psychologists were to accept that some differences between the sexes just are, that they are in the nature of the beasts, because each sex has an evolved tendency to develop that way in response to experience.”

Tags : Evolution Psychoanalysis Psychology Sexes
Author : Matt Ridley
Source : The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

8. “My love is something valuable to me which I ought not to throw away without reflection.”

Tags : Inspiration Inspirational Inspirational Quotes Love Lovers Psychiatry Psychoanalysis Psychology Romance
Author : Sigmund Freud
Source : Civilization and Its Discontents

9. “But one must remember that they were all men with systems. Freud, monumentally hipped on sex (for which he personally had little use) and almost ignorant of Nature: Adler, reducing almost everything to the will to power: and Jung, certainly the most humane and gentlest of them, and possibly the greatest, but nevertheless the descendant of parsons and professors, and himself a super-parson and a super-professor. all men of extraordinary character, and they devised systems that are forever stamped with that character.… Davey, did you ever think that these three men who were so splendid at understanding others had first to understand themselves? It was from their self-knowledge they spoke. They did not go trustingly to some doctor and follow his lead because they were too lazy or too scared to make the inward journey alone. They dared heroically. And it should never be forgotten that they made the inward journey while they were working like galley-slaves at their daily tasks, considering other people's troubles, raising families, living full lives. They were heroes, in a sense that no space-explorer can be a hero, because they went into the unknown absolutely alone. Was their heroism simply meant to raise a whole new crop of invalids? Why don't you go home and shoulder your yoke, and be a hero too?”

Tags : Adler Exploration Freud Heroism Introspection Jung Psychoanalysis Psychology
Source : The Manticore

10. “When you want to know how things really work, study them when they're coming apart.”

Tags : Design Engineering Psychoanalysis Psychology
Source : Zero History

11. “...I is another. If the brass wakes the trumpet, it’s not its fault. That’s obvious to me: I witness the unfolding of my own thought: I watch it, I hear it: I make a stroke with the bow: the symphony begins in the depths, or springs with a bound onto the stage.If the old imbeciles hadn’t discovered only the false significance of Self, we wouldn’t have to now sweep away those millions of skeletons which have been piling up the products of their one-eyed intellect since time immemorial, and claiming themselves to be their authors!”

Tags : Ego Construction Letters Psychoanalysis Rimbaud

12. “The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not a proof of their vitally necessary character. The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality, but no one would have regarded it as vitally necessary. ”

Tags : Bubonic Plague Church Ideologies Love Orgasm Politics Psychoanalysis Psychology Psychotherapy Wilhelm Reich
Author : Wilhelm Reich

13. “The pleasure of living and the pleasure of the orgasm are identical. Extreme orgasm anxiety forms the basis of the general fear of life.”

Tags : Anxiety Fear Of Life Orgasm Pleasure Psychoanalysis Psychology Psychotherapy Wilhelm Reich
Author : Wilhelm Reich

14. “Poor feeling hijacks thinking for self-deception: to hide harsh truths, avoid action, evade responsibility, and, as the existentialists might put it, flee from freedom. Thus, poor feeling is a kind of moral failing, indeed, the deepest kind, and virtue principally consists in correcting and refining our emotions and the values that they reflect. To feel the right thing is to do the right thing, without any particular need for conscious thought or effort.”

Tags : Cognition Emotional Intelligence Emotions Ethics Existentialism Philosophy Psychoanalysis Reason Self Deception
Author : Neel Burton
Source : Heaven and Hell: The Psychology of the Emotions

15. “Talking about one's feelings defeats the purpose of having those feelings. Once you try to put the human experience into words, it becomes little more than a spectator sport. Everything must have a cause, and a name. Every random thought must have a root in something else.”

Tags : Conversation Feelings Futility Language Psychiatry Psychoanalysis Talking Words
Author : Derek Landy
Source : Death Bringer

16. “Admitting the need for help may also compound the survivor's sense of defeat. The therapists Inger Agger and Soren Jensen, who work with political refugees, describe the case of K, a torture survivor with severe post-traumatic symptoms who adamantly insisted that he had no psychological problems: "K...did not understand why he was to talk with a therapist. His problems were medical: the reason why he did not sleep at night was due to the pain in his legs and feet. He was asked by the therapist...about his political background, and K tolld him that he was a Marxist and that he had read about Freud and he did not believe in any of that stuff: how could his pain go away by talking to a therapist?”

Tags : Abuse Survivors Denial Freud Healing Male Survivor Mental Disorder Mental Health Mental Illness Political Refugees Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Powerlessness Pride Psychoanalysis Psychology Psychotherapy Ptsd Self Stigma Stigma Therapy Torture Survivors Tortured Traumatic Experiences
Source : Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

17. “notwithstanding how good a seed my be, it's proper germination,growth and fruit bearing may be mutilated if not planted in a good soil”

Tags : Anchoring Direction Of Greatness Direction Quotes Fruit Bearing Greatness Motivational Quotes Mutilation People Inspire People People Relations Psychoanalysis Purpose In Life Seed Soil For Growth Supporting Others

18. “There are no human gods here, just hoods who think they are.”

Tags : Bad People Godly Advice Humanity And Society Metaphysical Truth Reality People Quotes Psychoanalysis Religious Extremism Societal Breakdown Society Quotes Spirituality Of Imperfection

19. “Here libido and ego-interest share the same fate and have once more become indistinguishable from each other. The familiar egoism of the sick person covers them both. We find it so natural because we are certain that in the same situation we should behave in just the same way. The way in which the readiness to love, however great, is banished by bodily ailments, and suddenly replaced by complete indifference, is a theme which has been sufficiently exploited by comic writers.”

Tags : Egoism Illness Love Psychoanalysis Unconscious
Author : Sigmund Freud
Source : General Psychological Theory

20. “Landscape is to American painting what sex and psychoanalysis are to the American novel.”

Tags : America American Culture Landscape Landscape Photography Landscapes Novel Writing Novels Painting Painting Quotes Psychiatry Psychoanalysis Sex Sex In America Sexuality The American Novel The American Scene
Author : Robert Hughes

21. “Deep scientific psychoanalysis reveals that excessive beliefs and dependence on religion is a superstition and fear induced psychiatric disease.”

Tags : Beliefs Debasish Mridha Debasish Mridha Md Inspirational Philosophy Psychoanalysis Quotes Religion Superstition

22. “Shit on your whole mortifying, imaginary, and symbolic theater!”

Tags : Lacan Psychoanalysis Shit
Source : Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia

23. “My mother, my psychiatrist and an assortment of sedatives eventually convinced me I was delusional.”

Tags : Delusional Delusions Drugs Funny Quotes Mother Psychiatrist Psychiatry Psychoanalysis Psychology Sedatives
Source : Veterans of the Psychic Wars

24. “Modernity invented the future, but that’s all over. In the current version ‘progressive history’ camouflages phylogenetic death-drive tactics, Kali-wave: logistically accelerating condensation of virtual species extinction. Welcome to the matricide laboratory. You want it so badly it’s a slow scream in your head, deleting itself into bliss.”

Tags : Annihilation Modern Modernity Philosophy Psychoanalysis

25. “Psychoanalysis has suffered the accusation of being “unscientific” from its very beginnings (Schwartz, 1999). In recent years, the Berkeley literary critic Frederick Crews has renewed the assault on the talking cure in verbose, unreadable articles in the New York Review of Books (Crews, 1990), inevitably concluding, because nothing else really persuades, that psychoanalysis fails because it is unscientific. The chorus was joined by philosopher of science, Adolf Grunbaum (1985), who played both ends against the middle: to the philosophers he professed specialist knowledge of psychoanalysis; to the psychoanalysts he professed specialist knowledge of science, particularly physics. Neither was true (Schwartz, 1995a,b, 1996a,b, 2000). The problem that mental health clinicians always face is that we deal with human subjectivity in a culture that is deeply invested in denying the importance of human subjectivity. Freud’s great invention of the analytic hour allows us to explore, with our clients, their inner worlds. Can such a subjective instrument be trusted? Not by very many. It is so dangerously close to women’s intuition. Socalled objectivity is the name of the game in our culture. Nevertheless, 100 years of clinical practice have shown psychoanalysis and psychotherapy not only to be effective, but to yield real understandings of the dynamics of human relationships, particularly the reality of transference–countertransference re-enactments now reformulated by our neuroscientists as right brain to right brain communication (Schore, 1999).”

Tags : Critic Disinformation Grandiosity Literary Critics Mental Health Professionals Neuroscience Psychoanalysis Psychoanalysts Psychotherapists Psychotherapy Subjective Truth Subjectivity Therapy Trauma Unscientific
Source : Ritual Abuse and Mind Control: The Manipulation of Attachment Needs

26. “That which does not come by logic, does not leave by logic.”

Tags : Character Complexes Logic Psychoanalysis Psychological Problems Psychology Rationality Unconscious Mind
Author : Raheel Farooq

27. “Should we not be moved rather than chilled by the knowledge that he might have attained his greatness only through his frailties?”

Tags : Freud Psychoanalysis
Source : Sigmund Freud and Lou Andreas-Salome Letters

28. “If Freud turns to literature to describe traumatic experience, it is because literature, like psychoanalysis, is interested in the complex relation between knowing and not knowing, and it is at this specific point at which knowing and not knowing intersect that the psychoanalytic theory of traumatic experience and the language of literature meet.”

Tags : Experience Freud Literature Psychoanalysis Trauma
Author : Cathy Caruth
Source : Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History

29. “This and countless later experiences working in and around the world of "shrinks" and the mentally ill has led me to the conclusion that overinterpretation of human psychology can be inadvisable. My favorite Freud joke has him sitting in his gentlemen's club in Vienna after dinner, enjoying a cigar. A hostile colleague wanders up and says, "That's a big, fat, long cigar, Professor Freud," to which Freud replies, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”

Tags : Freud Humor Mental Health Humor Psychoanalysis Science
Author : Oliver James
Source : They F*** You Up: How To Survive Family Life

30. “Freud expressed the opinion—not quite in earnest, though, it seemed to me—that philosophy was the most decent form of sublimation of repressed sexuality, nothing more. In response I put the question, 'What then is science, particularly psychoanalytic psychology?' Whereupon he, visible a bit surprised, answered evasively: 'At least psychology has a social purpose.”

Tags : Freud Humor Philosophy Psychoanalysis Psychoanalytic Psychology Science Sexualtiy Sigmund Freud

31. “The purported insight achieved by the patient is not the product of a process of veridical self-discovery, but rather reflects the patient’s conversion to the therapist’s interpretation.”

Tags : Freud Insight Patient Psychoanalysis Self Discovery Sigmund Freud Therapy

32. “The difficulties connected with my criterion of demarcation (D) are important, but must not be exaggerated. It is vague, since it is a methodological rule, and since the demarcation between science and nonscience is vague. But it is more than sharp enough to make a distinction between many physical theories on the one hand, and metaphysical theories, such as psychoanalysis, or Marxism (in its present form), on the other. This is, of course, one of my main theses; and nobody who has not understood it can be said to have understood my theory.The situation with Marxism is, incidentally, very different from that with psychoanalysis. Marxism was once a scientific theory: it predicted that capitalism would lead to increasing misery and, through a more or less mild revolution, to socialism; it predicted that this would happen first in the technically highest developed countries; and it predicted that the technical evolution of the 'means of production' would lead to social, political, and ideological developments, rather than the other way round.But the (so-called) socialist revolution came first in one of the technically backward countries. And instead of the means of production producing a new ideology, it was Lenin's and Stalin's ideology that Russia must push forward with its industrialization ('Socialism is dictatorship of the proletariat plus electrification') which promoted the new development of the means of production.Thus one might say that Marxism was once a science, but one which was refuted by some of the facts which happened to clash with its predictions (I have here mentioned just a few of these facts).However, Marxism is no longer a science; for it broke the methodological rule that we must accept falsification, and it immunized itself against the most blatant refutations of its predictions. Ever since then, it can be described only as nonscience—as a metaphysical dream, if you like, married to a cruel reality.Psychoanalysis is a very different case. It is an interesting psychological metaphysics (and no doubt there is some truth in it, as there is so often in metaphysical ideas), but it never was a science. There may be lots of people who are Freudian or Adlerian cases: Freud himself was clearly a Freudian case, and Adler an Adlerian case. But what prevents their theories from being scientific in the sense here described is, very simply, that they do not exclude any physically possible human behaviour. Whatever anybody may do is, in principle, explicable in Freudian or Adlerian terms. (Adler's break with Freud was more Adlerian than Freudian, but Freud never looked on it as a refutation of his theory.)The point is very clear. Neither Freud nor Adler excludes any particular person's acting in any particular way, whatever the outward circumstances. Whether a man sacrificed his life to rescue a drowning, child (a case of sublimation) or whether he murdered the child by drowning him (a case of repression) could not possibly be predicted or excluded by Freud's theory; the theory was compatible with everything that could happen—even without any special immunization treatment.Thus while Marxism became non-scientific by its adoption of an immunizing strategy, psychoanalysis was immune to start with, and remained so. In contrast, most physical theories are pretty free of immunizing tactics and highly falsifiable to start with. As a rule, they exclude an infinity of conceivable possibilities.”

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33. “Psychoanalysis is often about turning our ghosts into ancestors, even for patients who have not lost loved ones to death. We are often haunted by important relationships from the past that influence us unconsciously in the present. As we work them through, they go from haunting us to becoming simply part of our history.”

Tags : Ancestors Death Ghosts Grief Healing The Past Loss Memories Psychoanalysis Relationships
Author : Norman Doidge
Source : The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

34. “There is nothing inhuman, evil, or irrational which does not give some comfort, provided it is shared by a group.”

Tags : Belief Evil Psychoanalysis Religion
Author : Erich Fromm
Source : Psychoanalysis and Religion

35. “Theoretical considerations require that what is to-day the object of a phobia must at one time in the past have been the source of a high degree of pleasure.”

Tags : 1909 Footnote Little Hans Phobia Psychoanalysis Repression
Author : Sigmund Freud
Source : The Sexual Enlightenment of Children

36. “As soon as they leave, Leon says to me: "I disagree, sir. There are people who aren't insane, and I'm one of them. People who generalize are mentally ill.”

Tags : Days And Nights At Ypsilanti Generalizations Irony Psychoanalysis Schizophrenics
Source : The Three Christs of Ypsilanti: A Psychological Study

37. “Men have been adjudicating on what women are, and how they should behave, for millennia through the institutions of social control such as religion, the medical profession, psychoanalysis, the sex industry. Feminists have fought to remove the definition of what a woman is from these masculine institutions and develop their own understandings.”

Tags : Medical Profession Psychoanalysis Radical Feminism Religion Women
Source : Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism

38. “One thus gets an impression that civilization is something which was imposed on a resisting majority by a minority which understood how to obtain possession of the means to power and coercion. It is, of course, natural to assume that these difficulties are not inherent in the nature or civilization itself but are determined by the imperfections of the cultural forms which have so far been developed. And in fact it is not difficult to indicate those defects. While mankind has made continual advances in its control over nature and may expect to make still greater ones, it is not possible to establish with certainty that a similar advance has been made in the management of human affairs; and probably at all periods, just as now once again, many people have asked themselves whether what little civilization has thus acquired is indeed worth defending at all. One would think that a re-ordering of human relations should be possible, which would remove the sources of dissatisfaction with civilization by renouncing coercion and the suppression of the instincts, so that, undisturbed by internal discord, men might devote themselves to the acquisition of wealth and its enjoyment. That would be a golden age, but it is questionable if such a state of affairs can be realized. It seems rather that every civilization must be built upon coercion and renunciation of instinct; it does not even seem certain that if coercion were to cease the majority of human beings would be prepared to undertake to perform the work necessary for acquiring new wealth. One has, I think, to reckon with the fact that there are present in all men destructive, and therefore anti-social and anti-cultural, trends and that in a great number of people these are strong enough to determine their behavior in human society.”

Tags : 1928 Civilization Id Instinct Psychoanalysis Superego Will To Power
Author : Sigmund Freud
Source : The Future of an Illusion

39. “La raison découle du mélange de la pensée rationnelle et des sentiments. Si les deux fonctions se dissocient, la pensée se détériore en activité intellectuelle schizoïde et les sentiments en passions névrotiques autodestructrices. ”

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Author : Erich Fromm

40. “ spite of the deep-seated craving for love, almost everything else is considered to be more important than love: success, prestige, money, power-almost all our energy is used for the learning of how to achieve these aims, and almost none to learn the art of loving. Could it be that only those things are considered worthy of being learned with which one can earn money or prestige, and that love, which "only" profits the soul, but is profitless in the modern sense, is a luxury we have no right to spend energy on?”

Tags : Love Psychoanalysis Psychology The Art Of Loving
Author : Erich Fromm

41. “Being well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which psychoanalysis is powerless to bestow.”

Tags : Dandy Fashion Psychoanalysis Tranquility

42. “As adults, we hvae many inhibitions against crying. We feel it is an expression of weakness, or femininity or of childishness. The person who is afraid to cry is afraid of pleasure. This is because the person who is afraid to cry holds himself together rigidly so that he won't cry; that is, the rigid person is as afraid of pleasure as he is afraid to cry. In a situation of pleasure he will become anxious. As his tensions relax he will begin to tremble and shake, and he will attempt to control this trembling so as not to break down in tears. His anxiety is nothing more than the conflict between his desire to let go and his fear of letting go. This conflict will arise whenever the pleasure is strong enough to threaten his rigidity.Since rigidity develops as a means to block out painful sensations, the release of rigidity or the restoration of the natural motility of the body will bring these painful sensations to the fore. Somewhere in his unconscious the neurotic individual is aware that pleasure can evoke the repressed ghosts of the past. It could be that such a situation is responsible for the adage "No pleasure without pain.”

Tags : Bioenergetics Crying Emotions Feelings Letting Go Psychoanalysis Psychology
Source : The Voice of the Body

43. “When a love-relationship is at its height there is no room left for any interest in the environment; a pair of lovers are sufficient to themselves”

Tags : Love Psychiatry Psychoanalysis Psychology
Author : Sigmund Freud
Source : Civilization and Its Discontents

44. “Checked thoroughly, humans stink.”

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45. “Generally speaking, psychiatry is concerned with the treatment of neuroses, with patients who are aware of their illness and wish to be cured. Dr. Franz Weiss”

Tags : 1930S Psychoanalysis
Author : Rennie Airth
Source : The Blood-Dimmed Tide

46. “Had there been a lunatic asylum in the suburbs of Jerusalem, Jesus Christ would infallibly have been shut up in it at the outset of his public career. That interview with Satan on the pinnacle of the Temple would alone have damned him, and everything that happened after could but have confirmed the diagnosis.”

Tags : Crazy Jesus Funny Humor Jerusalem Lunatic Asylum Psychoanalysis
Source : Impressions and Comments

47. “Only the liberation of the natural capacity for love in human beings can master their sadistic destructiveness.”

Tags : Love Orgasm Psychoanalysis Psychology Psychotherapy Wilhelm Reich
Author : Wilhelm Reich

48. “Fui acusado de ser um utópico, de querer eliminar o desprazer do mundo e defender apenas o prazer. Contudo, tenho declarado claramente que a educação tradicional torna as pessoas incapazes para o prazer encouraçando-as contra o desprazer. Prazer e alegria de viver são inconcebíveis sem luta, experiências dolorosas e embates desagradáveis consigo mesmo. A saúde psíquica não se caracteriza pela teoria do nirvana dos iogues e dos budistas, nem pela hedonismo dos epicuristas, nem pela renúncia monástica; caracteriza-se, isso sim, pela alternância entre a luta desprazerosa e a felicidade, o erro e a verdade, o desvio e a correção da rota, a raiva racional e o amor racional; em suma, estar plenamente vivo em todas as situações da vida. A capacidade de suportar o desprazer e a dor sem se tornar amargurado e sem se refugiar na rigidez, anda de mãos dadas com a capacidade de aceitar a felicidade e dar amor.”

Tags : Discovery Of The Orgone Function Of The Orgasm Orgasm Orgone Psychoanalysis Psychology Psychotherapy Wilhelm Reich
Author : Wilhelm Reich
Source : The Function of the Orgasm

49. “A vida brota a partir de milhares de fontes vibrantes, entrega-se à todos que a agarram, recusa-se a ser expressa em frases tediosas, aceita apenas ações transparentes, palavras verdadeiras e o prazer do amor”

Tags : Beyond Psychology Orgasm Psychoanalysis Psychology Psychotherapy Wilhelm Reich
Author : Wilhelm Reich
Source : Beyond Psychology: Letters and Journals, 1934-1939

50. “As in all infant sciences, the universal habit of the human mind - to take a partial or local truth, generalise it unduly and try to explain a whole field of nature in its narrow terms - runs riot here (in psychoanalysis). Moreover, the exaggeration of the importance of suppressed sexual complexes is a dangerous falsehood.”

Tags : Mind Psychoanalysis Psychology Sexuality Subconscious Yoga
Author : Sri Aurobindo
Source : Integral Yoga: Teaching and Method of Practice

51. “To find a mountain path all by oneself gives a greater feeling of strength than to take a path that is shown.”

Tags : Life Lessons Psychoanalysis
Author : Karen Horney
Source : Self-Analysis

52. “Objects and their functions no longer had any significance. All I perceived was perception itself, the hell of forms and figures devoid of human emotion and detached from the reality of my unreal environment. I was an instrument in a virtual world that constantly renewed its own meaningless image in a living world that was itself perceived outside of nature. And since the appearance of things was no longer definitive but limitless, this paradisiacal awareness freed me from the reality external to myself. The fire and the rose, as it were, became one.”

Tags : Lsd Psychedelics Psychoanalysis

53. “ is almost always the case that whatever has wounded you will also be instrumental in your healing.”

Tags : Jungian Psychology Psychoanalysis
Source : She: Understanding Feminine Psychology

54. “The psychoanalytic liberation of memory explodes the rationality of the repressed individual. As cognition gives way to re-cognition, the forbidden images and impulses of childhood begin to tell the truth that reason denies.”

Tags : Memory Psychoanalysis Repression
Source : Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud

55. “My thesis is that the moral law is articulated with relation to the real as such, to the real insofar as it can be the guarantee of the Thing.”

Tags : Psychoanalysis
Author : Jacques Lacan
Source : The Ethics of Psychoanalysis 1959-1960

56. “In other words, the man who is born into existence deals first with language; this is a given. He is even caught in it before his birth.”

Tags : Jacques Lacan Language Psychoanalysis
Author : Jacques Lacan

57. “O homem não tem nada melhor para fazer do que tentar estar em perfeito acordo consigo mesmo.”

Tags : Inspirational Psychoanalysis
Author : Sigmund Freud

58. “Psychoanalytic insight, Miller seems to suggest, is itself a pathological symptom.”

Tags : Insight Psychoanalysis
Source : Are You My Mother?

59. “On Christmas. "Santa Claus represents God on assistance," said Clyde."Santa Claus is a negative-idealed god, the pagan god of material worship," Leon stated. "Christmas means the rebirth, regeneration. Some people have Christmas every day. The Christmas tree stands up and either the wife trims it or they trim it together with righteous-idealed sexual intercourse. Or the husband prays to God through his Christmas tree and trims his bodily Christmas tree. Christ-mast; the mast of Christ, the upstanding penis—that's what it means to me.""Santa Claus is a good symbolization for Christmas," said Joseph. "Department stores, shopping, the coming of the New Year. Christmas means better business in the stores.”

Tags : Christmas Psychoanalysis Santa Claus Schizophrenics Through The Looking Glass
Source : The Three Christs of Ypsilanti: A Psychological Study

60. “In psychoanalytical theory there is a phenomenon called transference. The therapist becomes a blank screen, onto which the patient projects some incident or feeling that began in childhood... it would not be a far reach for someone to look at my feelings for Jess and assume that, in the context of our relationship as tutor and pupil, I am not in love. I'm just in transference.”

Tags : Love Psychoanalysis Therapist Transference
Author : Jodi Picoult
Source : House Rules

61. “There are a great number of ego defenses, and the combinations and circumstances in which we use them reflect on our personality. Indeed, one could go so far as to argue that the self is nothing but the sum of its ego defenses, which are constantly shaping, upholding, protecting, and repairing it.The self is like a cracked mask that is in constant need of being pieced together. But behind the mask there is nobody at home.”

Tags : Ego Ego Defences Ego Defenses Freud Masks Personality Personhood Philosophy Of Mind Psychoanalysis Psychotherapy Self Deception Selfhood
Author : Neel Burton
Source : Hide and Seek: The Psychology of Self-Deception

62. “The freeing of an individual, as he grows up, from the authority of his parents is one of the most necessary though one of the most painful results brought about by the course of his development. It is quite essential that that liberation should occur and it may be presumed that it has been to some extent achieved by everyone who has reached a normal state. Indeed, the whole progress of society rests upon the opposition between successive generations. On the other hand, there is a class of neurotics whose condition is recognizably determined by their having failed in this task.”

Tags : 1908 Family Romances Individuation Psychoanalysis
Author : Sigmund Freud
Source : The Sexual Enlightenment of Children

63. “...people are no longer interested in analysis. They all prefer catharsis now. They all prefer to say that they are helpless and can’t change other people, i.e. the world. Marxism has been replaced by postmodernism. Psychoanalysis has been replaced by twelve-step programs. It was the end of the content.”

Tags : 12 Step Programs Freud Marxism Postmodernism Psychoanalysis
Source : Empathy

64. “Now, what if Others were encapsulated in Things, in a way that Being towards Things were not ontologically severable, in Heidegger's terms, from Being towards Others? What if the mode of Dasein of Others were to dwell in Things, and so forth? In the same light, then, what if the Thing were a Dublette of the Self, and not what is called the Other? Or more radically still, what if the Self were in some fundamental way becoming a Xerox copy, a duplicate, of the Thing in its assumed essence?”

Tags : Being Dasein Heidegger Other Psychoanalysis Self
Author : Avital Ronell

65. “[B]y reinterpreting Freudianism in terms of language, a pre-eminently social activity, Lacan permits us to explore the relations between the unconscious and human society. One way of describing his work is to say that he makes us recognize that the unconscious is not some kind of seething, tumultuous, private region ‘inside’ us, but an effect of our relations with one another. The unconscious is, so to speak, ‘outside’ rather than ‘within’ us — or rather it exists ‘between’ us, as our relationships do.”

Tags : Lacan Language Psychoanalysis Social Unconscious
Source : Literary Theory: An Introduction

66. “The notion of dream interpretation far antedates the birth of psychoanalysis, and probably served an important function in most, if not all, historical societies. In having lost this function, modern man has also lost the best part of his nature, which he obliviously passes on to the next generation of dreamers.”

Tags : Anthropology Culture Dream Interpretation Psychoanalysis
Author : Neel Burton
Source : Hide and Seek: The Psychology of Self-Deception

67. “It is easy to show that the ego ideal answers to everything that is expected of the higher nature of man. As a substitute for a longing for the father, it contains the germ from which all religions have evolved.”

Tags : Atheism Religion Psychoanalysis
Author : Sigmund Freud
Source : The Ego and the Id

68. “young children, who for whatever reason are deprived of the continuous care and attention of a mother or a substitute-mother, are not only temporarily disturbed by such deprivation, but may in some cases suffer long-term effects which persistBowlby, J., Ainsworth, M., Boston, M., and Rosenbluth, D. (1956). The effects of mother-child separation: A follow-up study. British Journal of Medical Psychology, 29, 211-249.”

Tags : Attachment Child Neglect Childhood Neglect Mother Neglect Parenting Psychoanalysis Psychology Separation
Author : John Bowlby

69. “Načež hlas v mém nitru pronesl: Je to umění. Překvapilo mě to. Nikdy mě nenapadlo, že to, co píši, má něco společného s uměním. Pak mě ale napadlo: Mé nevědomí možná utváří osobnost, která není já, která však naléhavě usiluje o vyjádření. Zcela bezpečně jsem věděl, že ten hlas vyšel z ženy. Poznal jsem hlas jedné pacientky, nadané psychopatky se silným přenosem na mne. V mé mysli se stala živou postavou.”

Tags : Anima Art Jung Psychoanalysis Psychology Spielrein
Author : John Kerr
Source : A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud & Sabina Spielrein

70. “I identify myself in language, but only by losing myself in it like an object. What is realised in my history is not the past definite of what was, since it is no more, or even the present perfect of what has been in what I am, but the future anterior of what I shall have been for what I am in the process of becoming.”

Tags : Lacan Language Psychoanalysis
Author : Jacques Lacan
Source : The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis

71. “If this constant sliding and hiding of meaning were true of conscious life, then we would of course never be able to speak coherently at all. If the whole of language were present to me when I spoke, then I would not be able to articulate anything at all. The ego, or consciousness, can therefore only work by repressing this turbulent activity, provisionally nailing down words on to meanings. Every now and then a word from the unconscious which I do not want insinuates itself into my discourse, and this is the famous Freudian slip of the tongue or parapraxis. But for Lacan all our discourse is in a sense a slip of the tongue: if the process of language is as slippery and ambiguous as he suggests, we can never mean precisely what we say and never say precisely what we mean. Meaning is always in some sense an approximation, a near-miss, a part-failure, mixing non-sense and non-communication into sense and dialogue.”

Tags : Communication Consciousness Discourse Failure Freudian Slips Lacan Language Meaning Parapraxis Psychoanalysis Unconscious
Source : Literary Theory: An Introduction

72. “From an analytic point of view, the only thing one can be guilty of is having given ground relative to one’s desire (Seminar 7, 319)”

Tags : Lacan Lacanian Psychoanalysis
Author : Jacques Lacan
Source : The Ethics of Psychoanalysis 1959-1960

73. “In conscious life, we achieve some sense of ourselves as reasonably unified, coherent selves, and without this action would be impossible. But all this is merely at the ‘imaginary’ level of the ego, which is no more than the tip of the iceberg of the human subject known to psychoanalysis. The ego is function or effect of a subject which is always dispersed, never identical with itself, strung out along the chains of the discourses which constitute it. There is a radical split between these two levels of being — a gap most dramatically exemplified by the act of referring to myself in a sentence. When I say ‘Tomorrow I will mow the lawn,’ the ‘I’ which I pronounce is an immediately intelligible, fairly stable point of reference which belies the murky depths of the ‘I’ which does the pronouncing. The former ‘I’ is known to linguistic theory as the ‘subject of the enunciation’, the topic designated by my sentence; the latter ‘I’, the one who speaks the sentence, is the ‘subject of the enunciating’, the subject of the actual act of speaking. In the process of speaking and writing, these two ‘I’s’ seem to achieve a rough sort of unity; but this unity is of an imaginary kind. The ‘subject of the enunciating’, the actual speaking, writing human person, can never represent himself or herself fully in what is said: there is no sign which will, so to speak, sum up my entire being. I can only designate myself in language by a convenient pronoun. The pronoun ‘I’ stands in for the ever-elusive subject, which will always slip through the nets of any particular piece of language; and this is equivalent to saying that I cannot ‘mean’ and ‘be’ simultaneously. To make this point, Lacan boldly rewrites Descartes’s ‘I think, therefore I am’ as: ‘I am not where I think, and I think where I am not.”

Tags : Cogito Consciousness Descartes Ego Identity Lacan Language Meaning Psychoanalysis Subjectivity Unconscious
Source : Literary Theory: An Introduction

74. “Psihanalistul devine regizorul unui teatru privat - in loc sa fie inginerul sau mecanicul care monteaza unitati de productie, care se lupta cu agenti colectivi de productie si de antiproductie.”

Tags : Marxism Psychoanalysis Theater
Source : Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia

75. “The economist may attempt to ignore psychology, but it is sheer impossibility for him to ignore human nature … If the economist borrows his conception of man from the psychologist his constructive work may have some chance of remaining purely economic in character. But if he does not, he will not thereby avoid psychology. Rather, he will force himself to make his own, and it will be bad psychology.”

Tags : Economics Human Nature Wisdom Psychoanalysis Psychology Science

76. “The difference between the "natural" individuation process, which runs its course unconsciously, and the one which is consciously realized, is tremendous. In the first case consciousness nowhere intervenes; the end remains as dark as the beginning. In the second case so much darkness comes to light that the personality is permeated with light, and consciousness necessarily gains in scope and insight. The encounter between conscious and unconscious has to ensure that the light which shines in the darkness is not only comprehended by the darkness, but comprehends it. The filius solis et lunae (the son of the Sun and Moon) is the possible result as well as the symbol of this union of opposites. It is the alpha and omega of the process, the mediator and intermedius. "It has a thousand names," say the alchemists, meaning that the source from which the individuation process rises and the goal toward which it aims is nameless, ineffable.”

Tags : Alchemy Christ Coniunctio Oppositorum Enlightenment Individuation Psychoanalysis Religion The Meaning Of Life
Author : C.G. Jung
Source : Answer to Job

77. “Is this World a reality or just a Human perceptions?”

Tags : Bash Human Perception Philisophical Psychoanalysis Psychology Reality Sociology
Author : Bash

78. “I dreamt that I took William Burrough’s penis and tied it up with piano wire. I hung him like a Chagall painting…In the next part J.G. Ballard swam through streets of female urine. The girls read his book Crash and then mowed him down with their Volkswagen, crushing his chest slowly against a brick wall. As he screamed in agony larger than representation can accommodate, they referred to his text and had orgasms. Later, they jumped up and down yelling, ‘You’re not a hero. You’re not a hero. You’re not. You’re not. You’re not.’ ““How do you analyze that part of the dream, Anna?”…”I guess I’m nervous about my birthday.”

Tags : Bohemianism Dreams J G Ballard Psychoanalysis Sexism William Burroughs
Source : Empathy

79. “Leon was less withdrawn, more friendly, and he was, much of the time, in contact with reality. He was, in other words, getting better. It is our guess that Leon did not want to get better. He did not want to get any closer to us, or to Joseph and Clyde. He was only too aware of the implications of getting better, and he was frightened of them. He had become sick originally for very good reasons, and the reasons had not changed. Thus, although he needed companionship, he wanted it only up to a point, and this point had already been reached and passed. He was beginning to care too much for Joseph and Clyde (and perhaps for us too) and he needed to return to his earlier state of isolation from his fellow man.”

Tags : Psychoanalysis Schizophrenics
Source : The Three Christs of Ypsilanti: A Psychological Study

80. “We have already seen that when positive authority suggests a change in behavior, the recipient will accept it provided he is capable of doing so and provided it does not require drastic modification of belief or frustrate important needs. By carrying out the suggestion, one can simultaneously reduce dissonance and preserve intact one's relation to positive authority. But what can reasonably be expected when the suggestion to change is beyond the recipient's capability or frustrates his deep needs or predispositions? In such a situation, a conflict arises between his desire to comply with authority and the abilities or needs which make compliance impossible.One way to resolve such a conflict situation (or to reduce the dissonance) is to change one's conception of authority. If a suggestion emanating from positive authority is unacceptable, the conflict may be removed by becoming disaffected with the authority and transforming it either into a negative authority or into a nonexistent one. This is exactly what Leon and Joseph did.”

Tags : 1964 Authority Psychoanalysis Schizophrenics
Source : The Three Christs of Ypsilanti: A Psychological Study

81. “Pyschoanalysts are fond of pointing out that the past is alive in the present. But the future is alive in the present too. The future is not some place we're going to, but an idea in our mind now. It is something we're creating, that in turn creates us. The future is a fantasy that shapes our present.”

Tags : Future Living In The Present Psychoanalysis Pyschology
Author : Stephen Grosz

82. “Vielleicht wird unser Vorurteil auch dadurch bestärkt, daß es – von außen gesehen – oft vom Leben Begünstigte zu sein scheinen, […] denen wir daher sozusagen das Recht nicht zusprechen wollen, daß sie erkrankten; kennt man ihre Lebensgeschichte, wird man seine Meinung revidieren müssen; letztlich leiden wir alle an nicht genügend verarbeiteter Vergangenheit; bei wem sie so beschaffen war, daß er sein Leben dennoch fruchtbar gestalten konnte, weil er aus ihr mehr Hilfen als Schädigungen mitbekam, der sollte aus der Dankbarkeit dafür Verständnis und Toleranz gegenüber den weniger Glücklichen aufbringen.”

Tags : Empathy Fortune Life Psychoanalysis
Author : Fritz Riemann
Source : Grundformen der Angst: Eine tiefenpsychologische Studie

83. “It has been fashionable in some psychiatric and lay circles to blame the mother for whatever goes wrong in development. [...]If blame must be assessed it should be placed on the human condition which requires such prolonged dependence on one individual for development to take place. This makes the child extraordinarily vulnerable to the idiosyncrasies of that person (the mother). On the other hand, the prolonged dependence on this relationship also provides the potential for the richness of the human personality.It is a mistake, in my judgment, in psychotherapy to encourage or side with the patient's hostility to the mother. The patient has to become aware of and express it in therapy in order to grow but whatever the source of this hostility is in the past -- be it an actual memory or a fantasy to rationalize a feeling state -- the problem is now the patient's responsibility and he must work it out.”

Tags : Blame Individuation Mother Psychoanalysis Psychotherapy
Source : Psychotherapy Of The Borderline Adult: A Developmental Approach

84. “I believe the secret of the success of psychoanalysis resides in people's vanity.”

Tags : Psychoanalysis Vanity

85. “If you don't know when your good, how can you know when your bad?”

Tags : Insightful Intelligence Psychoanalysis
Author : Will Adolphy

86. “It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.”

Tags : Psychoanalysis
Source : Playing and Reality

87. “Any inhibition must be wrong, since inevitably in the end it causes neurosis and insanity.”

Tags : Freud Psychoanalysis
Author : D.H. Lawrence

88. “Psychoanalysis provides truth in an infantile, that is, a schoolboy fashion: we learn from it, roughly and hurriedly, things that scandalize us and thereby command our attention. It sometimes happens, and such is the case here, that a simplification touching upon the truth, but cheaply, is of no more value than a lie. Once again we are shown the demon and the angel, the beast and the god locked in Manichean embrace, and once again man has been pronounced, by himself, not culpable.”

Tags : Critique Philosophy Psychoanalysis
Source : His Master's Voice

89. “One criticism of Freud still sometimes heard on the political Left is that his thinking is individualist — that he substitutes ‘private’ psychological causes and explanations for social and historical ones. This accusation reflects a radical misunderstanding of Freudian theory. There is indeed a real problem about how social and historical factors are related to the unconscious; but one point of Freud’s work is that it makes it possible for us to think of the development of the human individual in social and historical terms. What Freud produces, indeed, is nothing less than a materialist theory of the making of the human subject. We come to be what we are by an interrelation of bodies — by the complex transactions which take place during infancy between our bodies and those which surround us. This is not a biological reductionism: Freud does not of course believe that we are nothing but our bodies, or that our minds are mere reflexes of them. Nor is it an asocial model of life, since the bodies which surround us, and our relations with them, are always socially specific.”

Tags : Freud Materialism Psychoanalysis Subjectivity
Source : Literary Theory: An Introduction

90. “Why we ask questions: Questions are the basis of human freedom. Our mind, as a part of our  self experience, is curious and always challenging that part of us that can think about the essence of things. We interpret our lives all the time - with unconscious deep conceptualization - and these conceptualization raise questions.Why did I feel the way I felt yesterday when I spoke with X? What is the meaning of my answer? Why I chose to spend time in X's company and not Y's? And how it changed my attitude toward Y?(Interesting paragraph I translated from the Hebrew edition)”

Tags : Psychoanalysis Psychology
Source : The Infinite Question

91. “You tell them one real thing and then the doctor thinks he knows you. He starts getting arrogant and overfamiliar, making insulting suggestions left and right. You have to protest constantly just to set the record straight. Finally he makes offensive assumptions and throws them in your face. A stranger in a bar could do the same…”

Tags : Psychiatry Psychoanalysis Psychology
Source : Empathy

92. “The capacity to form attachments on equal terms is considered evidence of emotional maturity. It is the absence of this capacity which is pathological. Whether there may be other criteria of emotional maturity, like the capacity to be alone, is seldom taken into account.”

Tags : Attachment Psychoanalysis Solitude
Author : Anthony Storr
Source : Solitude: A Return to the Self

93. “It is quite natural to think of the self as something concrete, but it is, in fact, nothing of the sort. Rather, it is an abstract product of our minds, a convenient concept or schema that enables us to relate our present self with our past, future, and conditional selves, and thereby to create an illusion of coherence and continuity from a big jumble of disparate experiences. Indeed, one could go so far as to argue that the self is nothing but the sum total of our ego defences, and that it is therefore tantamount to one gigantic ego defence, namely, the ego itself. The self is like a cracked mask that is in constant need of being pieced together. But behind the mask there is nobody at home.”

Tags : Ego Defences Masks Philosophy Of Mind Psychoanalysis
Author : Neel Burton
Source : Hide and Seek: The Psychology of Self-Deception

94. “what is new in his theories is not true, and what is true in his theories is not new.”

Tags : Freud Psychoanalysis Psychology
Source : Decline and Fall of the Freudian Empire

95. “Past and history are not the same. Past is what happened. It consists of events that affected the patient's self, some of which he can remember, but the most he is having trouble remembering. History is transforming the past to a story that the person tells himself. Sometimes, the story stems from the past, but even the most sincere patient's history is more like a myth.(Translated from the Hebrew edition).”

Tags : Psychoanalysis Psychology
Source : The Infinite Question

96. “Freud kdysi řekl, že lidstvo zažilo tři velké urážky: nejdříve uslyšelo, že země není středem vesmíru, pak se dovědělo, že člověk pochází z opice, a nakonec mu psychoanalytici řekli, že člověk není pánem ve vlastním domě.”

Tags : Freud Humanity Psychoanalysis
Source : Sny jako řeč duše

97. “Wenn man von der Liebe oder der Ehe illusionäre Erwartungen hat und mehr fordert, als man selbst zu investieren bereit ist, muß man immer wieder enttäuscht werden; gewöhnlich erkennt man diesen Zusammenhang indessen nicht und bleibt auf der Suche nach der «großen Liebe». Man findet daher in den Partnerbeziehungen hysterischer Persönlichkeiten die häufigsten Trennungen und Neuanfänge; weil die letzteren jeweils für die vergangenen Enttäuschungen entschädigen sollen, werden neue Beziehungen von Beginn an überfordert, worin bereits wieder der Keim zum Scheitern liegt.”

Tags : Life Love Psychoanalysis
Author : Fritz Riemann
Source : Grundformen der Angst: Eine tiefenpsychologische Studie

98. “Algı , Ben için, O’da güdülerin oynadığı role karşılık gelir. Tutkuları içinde barındıran O’nun tersine, Ben akıl ve sağduyu olarak adlandırdıklarımızı temsil eder. Tüm bunlar herkesçe bilinen popüler farklarla örtüşür, ama yalnızca ortalama ya da ideal durumda doğru olarak kabul edilmelidir.”sayfa 49”

Tags : Psychoanalysis
Author : Sigmund Freud
Source : Ben ve O

99. “Ben’de yalnızca en derin olanlar değil en yüce olanlar da bilinçsiz kalabilir demek zorundayız. Böylelikle, en başta bilinçli Ben hakkında söylediğimiz şey; onun her şeyden önce bir Beden-Ben’i olduğu bilgisi, bize sergileniyormuş gibidir.”Sigmund Freud, ‘Ben ve O’, sayfa 52”

Tags : Psychoanalysis
Author : Sigmund Freud
Source : Ben ve O

100. “Ben’in işlevsel önemi, devinim üzerindeki kontrolün normal olarak onun payına düşmesinde ifadesini bulur. Ben’in, O ile ilişkisi atın coşkun gücünü dizginlemesi gereken binici gibidir, bir farkla; binici bunu kendi gücüyle yapmayı denerken, Ben ödünç aldığı güçlerle yapmaya çalışır. Bu benzetme bizi biraz daha ileriye götürür. Tıpkı attan düşmek istemediği için başka çaresi kalmayan ve atın onu kendi istediği yere götürmesine rıza gösteren binici gibi, Ben de O’nun isteklerini, kendi istekleriymiş gibi eyleme geçirmeye çalışır.”Sigmund Freud, ‘Ben ve O’, sayfa 49”

Tags : Psychoanalysis
Author : Sigmund Freud
Source : Ben ve O

101. “Ben her şeyden önce bedenseldir, sadece yüzeyden oluşan bir varlık değil aynı zamanda bir yüzeyin yansımasıdır.”Sigmund Freud, ‘Ben ve O’, sayfa 50”

Tags : Psychoanalysis
Author : Sigmund Freud
Source : Ben ve O

102. “Charaktere sind vielleicht schon bezeichnet und beschrieben worden, seit es Lebewesen gibt, die sprechen können. Dichter haben das sehr differenziert getan; man denke an Proust, Tolstoi oder Dostojewski. Diese Autoren haben die innere Dynamik eines Charakters und seine Veränderungen unter aktuellen Einflüssen der Umwelt dargestellt. Wer ihre Bücher liest, kann verstehen, warum die beschriebenen Personen so und nicht anders gehandelt haben. Dichter haben auch beschrieben, wie Menschen zu dem werden, was sie sind. Dichter wissen vieles, was Psychoanalytiker sich mühsam erarbeiten.”

Tags : Characters Literature Poets Psychoanalysis
Author : Karl König

103. “Vicdanın talepleriyle Ben’in yetenekleri arasındaki gerilim, ‘suçluluk duygusu’ olarak algılanır. Toplumsal duygular da, diğer duygularla özdeş biçimde Ben-ülküsü temeline dayanırlar.”Sigmund Freud, ‘Ben ve O’, sayfa 67”

Tags : Psychoanalysis
Author : Sigmund Freud
Source : Ben ve O

104. “Ben ile O arasındaki ayrım da çok katı olarak ele alınmamalı; unutmayalım ki Ben, O’nun özel bir biçimde ayrımlaşmış bir kısmıdır.”Sigmund Freud, ‘Ben ve O’, sayfa 69”

Tags : Psychoanalysis
Author : Sigmund Freud
Source : Ben ve O

105. “Biyoloji tarafından destekelnen kuramsal kabuller temelinde, organik hayatı cansız duruma geri döndürme görevi verilen bir ‘ölüm güdüsü’ varsayımı ileri sürmüştük, öte yandan Eros; hayatı, parçacıklara bölünmüş canlı maddeyi karmaşıklaştırmak ve durmaksızın bir araya getirmek, bu arada, tabii ki onu korumak hedefine yönelir. Her iki güdü de yaşamın ortaya çıkmasıyla bozulmuş bir durumun yeniden oluşturulmasına çalışırken, kelimenin en dar anlamıyla tutucu davranırlar. O halde yaşamın ortaya çıkışı, yaşamayı sürdürmenin ve aynı zamanda ölüme yönelen çabanın sebebi olmaktaydı; yaşamın kendisi de bu iki çaba arasındaki mücadele ve uzlaşma idi. Böylece yaşamın kökenine ilişkin soru kozmolojik bir soru olarak kalırken, hayatın hedefi ve amacı sorunu ikili bir şekilde yanıtlanmış oluyor.”Sigmund Freud, ‘Ben ve O’, sayfa 72”

Tags : Psychoanalysis
Author : Sigmund Freud
Source : Ben ve O

106. “Ancak klinik gözlemler bize nefretin sadece beklenmedik sıklıkta sevginin yoldaşı olduğunu, insan ilişkilerinde sevginin bir öncülü olduğunu söylemekle kalmıyor, kimi durumlarda nefretin sevgiye ve sevginin de nefrete dönüşebildiğini gösteriyor. Şayet bu dönüşüm sadece zamana bağlı ardıl bir yer-değiştirmeden ibaret değilse, birbirine ters yönlerde seyreden fizyolojik süreçleri öngören, erotik güdülerle ölüm güdüleri arasındaki o temel ayrımın dayandığı zemin kaymış olur.”Sigmund Freud, ‘Ben ve O’, sayfa 76”

Tags : Psychoanalysis
Author : Sigmund Freud
Source : Ben ve O

107. “Düşmanlığın hiçbir doyum ihtimali yoktur, bu yüzden – yani ekonomik nedenlerden ötürü – daha fazla doyum, yani boşalım olanağı sunan sevgi yaklaşımıyla yer değiştirir.”Sigmund Freud, ‘Ben ve O’, sayfa 77”

Tags : Psychoanalysis
Author : Sigmund Freud
Source : Ben ve O

108. “Normal, bilinçli suçluluk duygusunun (vicdan) yorumunda herhangi bir zorluk yoktur. Ben ile Ben ülküsü arasındaki gerilime dayanır, Ben’in kendi eleştirel yanınca yargılanışının ifadesidir.”Sigmund Freud, ‘Ben ve O’, sayfa 89”

Tags : Psychoanalysis
Author : Sigmund Freud
Source : Ben ve O

109. “V listopadu se stalo Jungovo osamocení ještě tíživější. Bylo by v rozporu s jeho povahou požádat o profesionální pomoc někoho jiného. A navíc nebylo jasné, zda je po ruce někdo, kdo by mu mohl pomoci. A tak se rozhodl zachovat se, jako se už zachoval v minulosti, a oddal se snění: Věděl jsem, že mám-li se vypořádat s fantaziemi, které mnou v hloubi zmítaly, musím se tak říkajíc do nich propadnout. K tomu jsem nejen pociťoval prudký odpor, ale přímo jsem se toho bál. Obával jsem se, že ztratím vládu nad sebou a stanu se obětí fantazií - a jako psychiatr jsem až příliš dobře věděl, co to znamená. Po delším váhání jsem však pochopil, že jiné cesty není.”

Tags : History Jung Psychoanalysis
Author : John Kerr
Source : A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud & Sabina Spielrein

110. “Wir alle machen unsere ersten Erfahrungen am anderen Geschlecht an unseren Eltern und Geschwistern. Die Beziehung der Eltern zueinander, die an ihnen erlebte Ehe oder sonstige Gemeinschaft, die Erfahrungen mit unseren Geschwistern formen unsere Erwartungen von Partnerschaft, Liebe und Sexualität. Hatten wir das Glück, unsere Eltern auch als Paar lieben zu können, ohne sie idealisieren zu müssen, ohne sie andererseits bedauern oder verachten, ja vielleicht hassen zu müssen; konnten wir ihre Begrenztheit, ihre Sorgen und Probleme, ihr Bemühen miterleben, aber auch ihre Freuden, ihr Zueinander-Stehen, ihr Verständnis für und ihr Vertrauen zueinander, haben wir mehr Aussichten, einen Partner zu finden, der solchen Erwartungen entspricht, und haben zugleich für unser eigenes Partner-Sein ein realisierbares Bild vorschweben.”

Tags : Life Marriage Parents Psychoanalysis Relationships
Author : Fritz Riemann
Source : Grundformen der Angst: Eine tiefenpsychologische Studie

111. “Although psychology and pedagogy have always maintained the belief that a child is a happy being without any conflicts, and have assumed that the sufferings of adults are the results of the burdens and hardships of reality, it must be asserted that just the opposite is true. What we learn about the child and the adult through psychoanalysis shows that all the sufferings of later life are for the most part repetitions of these earlier ones, and that every child in the first years of life goes through and immeasurable degree of suffering.”

Tags : Attachment Child Depression Psychoanalysis Psychology Suffering Trauma
Author : Melanie Klein

112. “Lacan wrote about two levels of speaking, one in which we know what we are saying (even when struggling with something difficult or contradictory) and another in which we have no idea of what we are saying. In this second level of speaking there are repeating words, phrases, and even sounds that function as magnets of unconscious meaning, condensing multiple scenes, times, and ideas. He called such markers in speech 'signifiers.”

Tags : Psychoanalysis Psychology Trauma
Author : Annie Rogers
Source : The Unsayable: The Hidden Language of Trauma

113. “Anyway, I don't trust those people who poke around sad people's minds and tell them how interesting it all is up there. It's not interesting.”

Tags : Psychoanalysis Psychology
Source : Eileen

114. “Unconscious motivating forces play a central role in shaping our behavior, but they are also the primary cause of mental illness.”

Tags : Freud Psychoanalysis Unconscious
Source : 30-Second Psychology: The 50 Most Thought-Provoking Psychology Theories, Each Explained in Half a Minute

115. “A fantasy is a journey. It is a journey into the subconscious mind, just as psychoanalysis is. Like psychoanalysis, it can be dangerous; and it will change you.”

Tags : Fantasy Journey Literature Psychoanalysis
Source : From Elfland to Poughkeepsie

116. “Any critique of Islam is denounced as an expression of Western Islamophobia, Salman Rushdie is denounced for unnecessarily provoking Muslims and being (partially, at least) responsible for the fatwa condemning him to death, and so on. The result of such stances is what one should expect in such cases: the more the Western liberal Leftists probe into their guilt, the more they are accused by Muslim fundamentalists of being hypocrites who try to conceal their hatred of Islam. [T]his constellation perfectly reproduces the paradox of the superego: the more you obey what the Other demands of you, the guiltier you are. It is as if the more you tolerate Islam, the stronger its pressure on you will be. What this implies is that terrorist fundamentalists, be they Christian or Muslim, are not really fundamentalists in the authentic sense of the term--what they lack is a feature that is easy to discern in all authentic fundamentalists, from Tibetan Buddhists to the Amish in the US: the absence of resentment and envy, the deep indifference towards the non-believers' way of life. If today's so-called fundamentalists really believe they have found their way to Truth, why should they feel threatened by non-believers, why should they envy them? When a Buddhist encounters a Western hedonist, he hardly condemns. He just benevolently notes that the hedonist's search for happiness is self-defeating. In contrast to true fundamentalists, the terrorist pseudo-fundamentalists are deeply bothered, intrigued and fascinated by the sinful life of the non-believers. One can feel that, in fighting the sinful other, they are fighting their own temptation. The passionate intensity of a fundamentalist mob bears witness to the lack of true conviction; deep in themselves, terrorist fundamentalists also lack true conviction--their violent outbursts are proof of it. How fragile the belief of a Muslim would be if he felt threatened by, say, a stupid caricature in a low-circulation Danish newspaper? Fundamentalist Islamic terror is not grounded in the terrorists' conviction of their superiority and in their desire to safeguard their cultural-religious identify from the onslaught of global consumerist civilization. The problem with fundamentalists is not that we consider them inferior to us, but, rather, that they themselves secretly consider themselves inferior. This is why our condescending politically correct assurances that we feel no superiority towards them only makes them more furious and feed their resentment. The problem is not cultural difference (their effort to preserve their identity), but the opposite: the fact that the fundamentalists are already like us, that, secretly, they have already internalized our standards and measure themselves by them.”

Tags : Islam Philosophy Psychoanalysis Religion

117. “Psychoanalysis has at bottom no other goal than to create a space within oneself in which God’s voice can be heard”

Tags : Psychoanalysis Spirituality
Author : Hermann Hesse

118. “This time once again it has been my chief aim to make no sacrifice to an appearance of being simple, complete or rounded off, not to disguise problems and not to deny the existence of gaps and uncertainties. In no other scientific field would it be necessary to boast of such modest intentions. They are universally regarded as self-evident; the public expects nothing else. No reader of an account of astronomy will feel disappointed and contemptuous of the science if he is shown the frontiers at which our knowledge of the universe melts into haziness. Only in psychology is it otherwise. There mankind's constitutional unfitness for scientific research comes fully into the open. What people seem to demand of psychology is not progress in knowledge, but satisfactions of some other sort; every unsolved problem, every admitted uncertainty is made into a reproach against it.Whoever cares for the science of mental life must accept these injustices along with it.”

Tags : Cynicism Doubt Psychoanalysis Psychology Science
Author : Sigmund Freud

119. “Trying to be completely sincere with yourself is a good exercise.”

Tags : Psychoanalysis
Author : Sigmund Freud

120. “Your practice of psycho-analysis was a mistake. It has, for the time at least, made the work of purification more complicated, not easier. The psycho-analysis of Freud is the last thing that one should associate with yoga. It takes up a certain part, the darkest, the most perilous, the unhealthiest part of the nature, the lower vital subconscious layer, isolates some of its most morbid phenomena and attributes to it and them an action out of all proportion to its true role in the nature. Modern psychology is an infant science, at once rash, fumbling and crude. As in all infant sciences, the universal habit of the human mind—to take a partial or local truth, generalise it unduly and try to explain a whole field of Nature in its narrow terms—runs riot here. Moreover, the exaggeration of the importance of suppressed sexual complexes is a dangerous falsehood and it can have a nasty influence and tend to make the mind and vital more and not less fundamentally impure than before.”

Tags : Freud Psychoanalysis
Author : Sri Aurobindo
Source : Bases of Yoga

121. “Here’s the second joke: Two psychiatrists meet on the street and say hello. “How are you?” asks one. “Eh, not so good,” says the other. “I had a stupid misunderstanding, a slip of the tongue. I was visiting my mother out at the old folks’ home. We were having lunch and I asked her to pass me the salt, but instead I said, ‘You fucking bitch you ruined my life.”

Tags : Humor Psychoanalysis
Author : David Rakoff
Source : Half Empty

122. “The rub is that any work of nonsense abounds with so many inviting symbols that you can start with any assumption you please about the author and easily build up an impressive case for it. Consider, for example, the scene in which Alice seizes the end of the White King's pencil and begins scribbling for him. In five minutes one can invent six different interpretations.”

Tags : Interpretation Of Literature Psychoanalysis
Source : The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition

123. “En réalité, la psychanalyse ne peut avoir pour effet que d’amener à la surface, en le rendant clairement conscient, tout le contenu de ces « bas-fonds » de l’être qui forment ce qu’on appelle le « subconscient » ; cet être, d’ailleurs, est déjà psychiquement faible par hypothèse, puisque, s’il en était autrement, il n’éprouverait aucunement le besoin de recourir à un traitement de cette sorte ; il est donc d’autant moins capable de résister à cette « submersion », et il risque fort de sombrer irrémédiablement dans ce chaos de forces ténébreuses imprudemment déchaînées ; si cependant il parvient malgré tout à y échapper, il en gardera du moins, pendant toute sa vie, une empreinte qui sera en lui comme une « souillure » ineffaçable.”

Tags : Psychanalyse Psychoanalysis
Author : René Guénon
Source : Articles Et Comptes Rendus: Tome I,[Parus Dans] Le "Voile D'isis" [Puis Dans Les] Études Traditionnelles]

124. “Again, your name? I was psychoanalyzing your face.”

Tags : Intimidation Psychoanalysis
Source : If the mind fits, shrink it.

125. “Even the simple act which we describe as 'seeing someone we know' is, to some extent, an intellectual process. We pack the physical outline of the creature we see with all the ideas we already formed about him, and in the complete picture of him which we compose in our minds those ideas have certainly the principal place. In the end they come to fill out so completely the curve of his cheeks, to follow so exactly the line of his nose, they blend so harmoniously in the sound of his voice that these seem to be no more than a transparent envelope, so that each time we see the face or hear the voice it is our own ideas of him which we recognize and to which we listen.”

Tags : Psychoanalysis
Author : Marcel Proust
Source : Swann's Way

126. “Cine n-ar dori să moară visând că moare?”

Tags : Death Dream Psychoanalysis Surrealism
Author : Saşa Pană
Source : Prozopoeme

127. “And I was troubled by the heavy-handed prose of so much psychoanalytic writing, which seemed drowned in its own concepts.”

Tags : Psychoanalysis
Source : Witness to an Extreme Century: A Memoir

128. “A new book was not one of a number of similar objects, but was like an individual man, unmatched, and with no cause of existence beyond himself.”

Tags : Psychoanalysis
Author : Marcel Proust
Source : Swann's Way

129. “I've always thought that Freud's theory of penis envy was fairly ridiculous -- but I'm absolutely certain that if you put a piece of bread in your mouth and suck on it you'll go to heaven.”

Tags : Humor Psychoanalysis
Author : Anna Quindlen
Source : Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City

130. “Ljubav se stalno menja zato što se mi stalno menjamo. Stoga romantična ljubav, sama po sebi, donosi nestabilnost. Čini nas nezadovoljnim onim što imamo time što nas uvek usmerava ka nečemu što ne posedujemo u potpunosti, ili posedujemo u nedovoljnoj meri, ili pak u čije smo posedovanje suviše sigurni.”

Tags : Love Psychoanalysis
Source : Can Love Last?: The Fate of Romance over Time

131. “One of my teachers at the psychoanalytic institute where I trained used to say, only half humorously, that 'the most important prerequisite for a vocation as a psychotherapist is a depressed mother'; based on my history, I think that a suffering but inaccessible father and a damaged sibling should be added to the list of qualifications.”

Tags : Psychoanalysis Psychotherapy
Author : Jeanne Safer
Source : The Golden Condom: And Other Essays on Love Lost and Found

132. “In order to “situate” the doctrine of a Scholastic, for example, or even of a Prophet, a “psychoanalysis” is prepared — it is needless to emphasize the monstrous pride implicit in such an attitude — and with an entirely mechanical and perfectly unreal logic, the “influences” to which this doctrine has been subject are laid bare; in the course of this process there is no hesitation in attributing to saints all kinds of artificial and even fraudulent conduct, but it is obviously forgotten, with satanic inconsequentiality, to apply the same principle to oneself and to explain one’s own — supposedly “objective” — position by psychoanalytical considerations; in short, sages are treated as sick men, and one takes oneself for a god. In the same line of thinking, it is shamelessly asserted that there are no primary ideas: that they are due only to prejudices of a grammatical order — hence to the stupidity of the sages who were duped by them — and that their only effect has been to sterilize “thought” for thousands of years, and so forth; it is a case of expressing a maximum of absurdity with a maximum of subdety. For procuring a feeling of self-satisfaction, there is nothing like the conviction of having invented gunpowder or of having stood Christopher Columbus’ egg on its point!”

Tags : Psychoanalysis
Source : Light on the Ancient Worlds

133. “[…] dat er een basisindeling is in de wegen van de mens: zij die gemoedsrust en geluk verlangen moeten geloven en het geloof omarmen, terwijl zij die de waarheid willen zoeken van gemoedsrust moeten afzien en hun leven moeten wijden aan onderzoek. […] U moet kiezen tussen vertroosting en werkelijk onderzoek! Als u de wetenschap kiest, als u verkiest bevrijd te worden uit de ketenen van het bovennatuurlijke, als u, zoals u beweert, verkiest het geloof te mijden en de goddeloosheid te omarmen, dan kunt u niet in één adem door hunkeren naar de kleine vertroostingen van de gelovige! Als u God doodt, moet u ook de beschutting van de tempel verlaten. (p. 193)”

Tags : Philosophy Psychoanalysis
Source : When Nietzsche Wept

134. “Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem.”

Tags : Psychoanalysis
Author : Thomas Szasz