C. G. Jung

“Man’s task is to become conscious of the contents that press upwards from the unconscious. . . . As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” – C. G. Jung

Commentary: What leads us to seek therapy? The decision usually involves some personal feelings of discomfort or distress. Jung saw this distress in part as the result of unconscious aspects of our own personality pressing up into consciousness, so that the work of therapy involves stretching and growing as we gain insight into the deeper meaning of our problems. Far from some abstract mental exercise, this involves the passionate struggle of true living, which reveals our individuality and deeper purpose for being in the world.

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