No psychologist should pretend to understand what he does not understand... Only fools and charlatans know everything and understand nothing.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Psychology is much bigger than just medicine, or fixing unhealthy things. Its about education, work, marriage - its even about sports. What I want to do is see psychologists working to help people build strengths in all these domains.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
Time and rest are needed for absorption. Psychologists confirm that it is really in the summer that our muscles learn to skate and in the winter, how to swim.
A shoe that fits one person pinches another.
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.
The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.
The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.
No book can teach you about yourself, no psychologist, none of the professors or philosophers. What they can teach you is what they think you are or what they think you should be.
Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own.
Is self-esteem a sickness? That's according to the way you define it. In the usual way it is defined by people and by psychologists, I'd say that it is probably the greatest emotional disturbance known to man and woman.
The psychologist, Paul Rozin, an expert on disgust, observed that a single cockroach will completely wreck the appeal of a bowl of cherries, but a cherry will do nothing at all for a bowl of cockroaches.
One of the things psychologists used to say was that if you are depressed, anxious or angry, you couldn't be happy. Those were at opposite ends of a continuum. I believe that you can be suffering or have a mental illness and be happy - just not in the same moment that you're sad.
We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.
Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.
Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable.
If you cut a thing up, of course it will smell. Hence, nothing raises such an infernal stink at last, as human psychology.
Economists think about what people ought to do. Psychologists watch what they actually do.
If the only tool you have is a hammer, it's hard to eat spaghetti.
A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them. As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
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