C.G. Jung: “Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.”



The new attitude gained in the course of analysis tends sooner or later to become inadequate in one way or another, and necessarily so, because the flow of life again and again demands fresh adaptation. Adaptation is never achieved once and for all.…

In the last resort it is highly improbable that there could ever be a therapy which got rid of all difficulties.

Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.

What concerns us here is only an excessive amount of them.


C.G. Jung
Collected Works 9
The Transcendent Function

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2 Responses to C.G. Jung: “Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.”

  1. If one sees the difficulties, as goals to be achieved, and not difficulties to overcome one would become used to having a better attitude to what we call problems.

  2. Maybe it’s that the word/issue “difficulties” does not really fit the reality anymore. Inherent to all life is struggle and change. To “overcome” difficulties/problems is, trying to push a rock up the mountain. Better to find a way to take that rock in hand, chisel into it, carve it, create a sculpture that is your own, unique and life affirming.

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