No psychologist should pretend to understand what he does not understand... Only fools and charlatans know everything and understand nothing.
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.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
A shoe that fits one person pinches another.
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.
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.
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.
The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.
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.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
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.
The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own.
We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.
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.
Economists think about what people ought to do. Psychologists watch what they actually do.
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.
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.
If the only tool you have is a hammer, it's hard to eat spaghetti.
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.
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.
There are instances when we are like horses, we psychologists, and grow restless: we see our own shadow wavering up and down before us. A psychologist must look away from himself in order to see anything at all.
If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
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