Carl Jung: On withdrawing projections




We are still certain we know what other people think or what their true character is.

We are convinced that certain people have all the bad qualities we do not know in ourselves.

If you imagine someone who is brave enough to withdraw all his projections, then you get an individual who is conscious of a pretty thick shadow.

Such a man has saddled himself with new problems and conflicts. He has become a serious problem to himself, as he is now unable to say that they do this or that, they are wrong, and they must be fought against…

Such a man knows that whatever is wrong in the world is in himself, and if he only learns to deal with his own shadow he has done something real for the world.

He has succeeded in shouldering at least an infinitesimal part of the gigantic, unsolved social problems of our day.




Terry Lectures, 1937

Psychology and Religion

Collected Works 11

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3 Responses to Carl Jung: On withdrawing projections

  1. Very difficult to find such a man if it happens we will be living in what we call the ” ideal world ” I think.

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