Psychoanalysis is often about turning our ghosts into ancestors, even for patients who have not lost loved ones to death. We are often haunted by important relationships from the past that influence us unconsciously in the present. As we work them through, they go from haunting us to becoming simply part of our history. (243)”

― Norman DoidgeThe Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

“…in spite of the deep-seated craving for love, almost everything else is considered to be more important than love: success, prestige, money, power-almost all our energy is used for the learning of how to achieve these aims, and almost none to learn the art of loving.
Could it be that only those things are considered worthy of being learned with which one can earn money or prestige, and that love, which “only” profits the soul, but is profitless in the modern sense, is a luxury we have no right to spend energy on?”
― Erich Fromm


“Psychoanalysis has at bottom no other goal than to create a space within oneself in which God’s voice can be heard”
― Hermann Hesse


“Unconscious motivating forces play a central role in shaping our behavior, but they are also the primary cause of mental illness.”
― Christian Jarrett30-Second Psychology: The 50 Most Thought-Provoking Psychology Theories, Each Explained in Half a Minute


“A wise man can say a foolish thing at any time, anywhere, and to anybody.”
― Michael Bassey Johnson


“The notion of dream interpretation far antedates the birth of psychoanalysis, and probably served an important function in most, if not all, historical societies. In having lost this function, modern man has also lost the best part of his nature, which he obliviously passes on to the next generation of dreamers.”
― Neel BurtonHide and Seek: The Psychology of Self-Deception


“It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.”
― D.W. WinnicottPlaying and Reality