Born Thinkers by Valerie Cheers Brown

“As a child I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know.” — Carl Jung

The 4 Stages of Life According to Carl Jung


As we meander through this trip such is reality, we experience major changes. A few people utilize terms like “quarter-life emergency” or “middle age” to characterize where it is we think we are in our lives en route. To me, there aren’t goals in life. There are turning points without a doubt, however we can regularly return to similar spots that we were some time recently.

They don’t have anything to do with age or achievement, and for the duration of our lives we frequently push ahead and in reverse from these stages. As Jung once stated, “Completely ill-equipped, we step into the evening of life. More terrible still, we make this stride with the false presupposition that our truths and our beliefs will serve us as up to this point. Be that as it may, we can’t carry on with the evening of life as indicated by the program of life’s morning, for what was incredible in the morning will be little at night and what in the morning was valid, at night will have turned into a lie.”


The competitor is the stage in our lives when we are at our most self-ingested. There are individuals in our lives that have never made it out of this stage, or frequently return to it. Of the 4 phases, it has a tendency to be the minimum develop. It is described by being fixated on our physical bodies and appearance. For a case of the competitor stage, watch young people stroll past a mirror. The competitor stage can be narcissistic, basic, or even both.


Advancing in our lives, we achieve the warrior stage. This is the place we start to go up against duties and get the craving to overcome the world. All things considered, possibly not the world for a few of us, but rather this is the point at which we turn out to be more objective arranged. The greater part of the sudden we can see targets that we need to fulfill and the vanity of the competitor stage starts to blur. The warrior stage is truly portrayed by the battles in our lives that early adulthood can toss at us. The warrior stage is additionally the most well-known pshase that individuals return to for the duration of their lives as they “re-develop” themselves.


At the point when the warrior stage in our lives is arriving at an end, we wind up asking: “what have I accomplished for others?” Your concentrations move from your own accomplishments to finishing objectives in view of sending other individuals’ lives. This stage is regularly connected to child rearing, on the grounds that your concentration gets to be giving a superior life to your kids, and what it is you have. The announcement stage for some individuals is a great deal more than a connection to child rearing, and more about leaving a legacy or an impression in life. The announcement stage is an opportunity to think about what you have fulfilled, and how you can keep pushing ahead – not only for you, but rather for the other individuals throughout your life. To the extent development goes, the announcement stage is a tremendous stride forward from even the warrior stage.


The last phase of life is the soul organize. In this stage, we understand that we are more than what we have collected – be it cash, companions, belonging, great deeds, or points of reference in life. We are otherworldly creatures. We understand that we are divine creatures in a voyage of life that has no genuine start and no end. The soul stage is portrayed by a feeling of “escaping your own particular personality” and concentrating on what is sitting tight for us past our physical creatures. The logician Lao Tzu proposed a question more than 2500 years prior that flawlessly depicts the soul stage: “”Can you venture again from your own particular personality and hence see all things? Conceiving an offspring and supporting, having without having, acting without any desires, driving and not attempting to control: this is the preeminent temperance.”

Carl Jung’s “Stages Of Life”

As indicated by Carl Jung, what keeps individuals from getting to be distinctly self-governing, satisfied and eventually cheerful is their refusal to open themselves to encounters that are new and different, and consequently possibly debilitating to their feeling of self. When we have gone from youth to immaturity to adulthood, nature relinquishes us to the universe of cognizance, which is to state, to culture. We are subsequently compelled to state “farewell to untainted obviousness and trust in nature.” The question then emerges, “What sort of individual should I then get to be in this weird new world?”

Each of us must stand up to it!  This is what made me like Carl Jung as a child and I liked reading his work like I was an adult at the library. I actually had adults or even elementary teachers questioning my parents why I was reading adult like stuff as they wrote my mother and father on a report card in red ink? I guess this is sort of why I stood up to adults even my own father many times as a child, adolescent, teenager and adult.

He compares this situation to the scriptural fall of Adam. Prior to the fall, life in the Garden was protected, pure, unadulterated, uncomplicated, happy. Be that as it may, with the generous chomp into the illegal organic product came awareness of good and fiendish, and with it the plunge into a world that was dubious as opposed to protected, cognizant instead of oblivious, far fetched as opposed to certain, sullied as opposed to immaculate. “The scriptural fall of man exhibits the beginning of cognizance as a revile,” Jung composed.

As Jung sees it, individuals fancy an existence that is sheltered, uncomplicated, well known and in many regards constant. Yet, such a life is at last contracting: it dispossesses the likelihood of learning and advancing, and along these lines, of building up a “more extensive and higher cognizance.”

Interesting that “nature thinks nothing at all about a more elevated amount of awareness,” and society “does not esteem these deeds of the mind exceptionally; its prizes are constantly given for accomplishment and not for identity, the last being compensated generally after death.” And so the individual is allowed all to sit unbothered to choose what sort of a presence she will have, and whether she will energetically jump further and more profound into the uncertain waters of life to pick up a wealthier point of view of everything.

The entries underneath build up these focuses. They have been excerpted from Jung’s article “Phases of Life,” in The Portable Jung, ed. by Joseph Campbell (1976), pp.4-5, 9-12. – Tim Ruggiero

“In the event that psychic life comprised just of plainly obvious matters of certainty – which on a primitive level is still the case – we could mollify ourselves with a tough induction. The psychic existence of acculturated man, be that as it may, is brimming with issues; we can’t consider it aside from regarding issues. Our psychic procedures are made up to a vast degree of reflections, questions, analyses, all of which are totally remote to the oblivious intuitive personality of primitive man. It is the development of cognizance which we should thank for the presence of problems…It is recently man’s moving in the opposite direction of intuition – his contradicting himself to sense – that makes awareness. Impulse is nature and looks to sustain nature, though awareness can just look for culture or its foreswearing. Notwithstanding when we swing back to nature, enlivened by a Rousseauesque aching, we “develop” nature. For whatever length of time that we are still submerged in nature, we are oblivious and we live in the security of intuition which knows no issues. Everything in us that still has a place with nature contracts far from an issue, for its name is uncertainty, and wherever question holds influence there is vulnerability and the likelihood of disparate ways. What’s more, where a few ways appear to be conceivable, there we have moved in the opposite direction of the specific direction of sense and are given over to fear. For awareness is presently called upon to do what nature has constantly accomplished for her kids – to be specific, to give a specific, obvious, and unequivocal choice. What’s more, here we are plagued by a very human dread that cognizance – our Promethean triumph – may at last not have the capacity to serve us and in addition nature.

“Issues in this way draw us into a stranded and confined state where we are surrendered by nature and are headed to cognizance. There is no other route open to us; we are compelled to fall back on cognizant choices and arrangements where earlier we confided in ourselves to characteristic happenings. Each issue, along these lines, brings the likelihood of an enlarging of cognizance, additionally the need of saying farewell to untainted obviousness and trust in nature. This need is a psychic actuality of such significance that it constitutes a standout amongst the most fundamental typical lessons of the Christian religion. It is the relinquish of the only normal man, of the oblivious, candid being whose terrible profession started with the eating of the apple in Paradise. The scriptural fall of man introduces the beginning of awareness as a reviled. Furthermore, in actuality it is in this light we first look upon each issue that compels us to more noteworthy cognizance and isolates us significantly advance from the heaven of oblivious youth. Each one of us happily moves in the opposite direction of his issues; if conceivable, they should not be specified, or, even better, their reality is denied. We wish to make our lives straightforward, certain, and smooth, and therefore issues are unthinkable. We need to have convictions and no questions – comes about and no trials – without seeing that surenesses can emerge just through uncertainty and results just through investigation. The shrewd foreswearing of an issue won’t deliver conviction; despite what might be expected, a more extensive and higher awareness is required to give us the assurance and clearness we require…

“When we should manage issues, we intuitively oppose attempting the way that leads through indefinite quality and dimness. We wish to hear just of unequivocal outcomes and totally overlook that these outcomes must be realized when we have wandered into and developed again from the murkiness. However, to infiltrate the haziness we should summon every one of the forces of illumination that cognizance can offer; as I have as of now stated, we should even enjoy theories…

“We are all acquainted with the wellsprings of the issues that emerge in the time of youth. For a great many people it is the requests of life which cruelly put a conclusion to the fantasy of adolescence. In the event that the individual is adequately very much arranged, the move to a calling or profession can occur easily. Be that as it may, in the event that he sticks to dreams that are in opposition to reality, then issues will unquestionably emerge. Nobody can step into existence without making certain presumptions, and sporadically these suppositions are false – that is, they don’t fit the conditions into which one is tossed. Regularly it is an issue of misrepresented desires, underestimation of troubles, unjustified good faith, or a negative state of mind. One could gather a significant rundown of the false suspicions that offer ascent to the main cognizant issues.

“Yet, it is not generally the inconsistency between subjective suspicions and outside truths that offers ascend to issues; it might similarly as regularly be inward, psychic troubles. They may exist notwithstanding when things run easily in the outside world. Regularly it is the unsettling influence of psychic balance brought on by the sexual impulse; similarly frequently it is the sentiment mediocrity which springs from a deplorable affectability. These inward clashes may exist notwithstanding when adjustment to the external world has been accomplished without clear exertion. It even appears as though youngsters who have had a hard battle for presence are saved inward issues, while the individuals who for reasons unknown or other have no trouble with adjustment keep running into issues of sex or clashes emerging from a feeling of predominance…

“Something in us wishes to remain a tyke, to be oblivious or, at most, cognizant just of the sense of self; to dismiss everything unusual, or else subject it to our will; to do nothing, or else enjoy our own particular needing for delight or power. In this there is something of the idleness of matter; it is an ingenuity in the past express whose scope of cognizance is littler, smaller, and more proud than that of the dualistic stage. For here the individual is confronted with the need of perceiving and tolerating what is distinctive and bizarre as his very own piece life, as a sort of ‘likewise I’.

“The basic element of the dualistic stage is the enlarging of the skyline of life, and it is this that is so vivaciously stood up to. Undoubtedly, this development – or diastole, as Goethe called it – had begun much sooner than this. It starts during childbirth when the tyke deserts the limited containment of the mother’s body; and from that point on it consistently increments until it achieves a peak in the problematical state, when the individual starts to battle against it.

“What might transpire in the event that he just changed himself into that outside appearing to be ‘likewise I’ and permitted the prior conscience to vanish into the past? We may assume this to be a very common sense course. The very point of religious instruction, from the appeal to put off the old Adam appropriate back to the resurrection ceremonies of primitive races, is to change the person into the new, future man, and to permit the old to diminish.

Brain research shows us that, in a specific sense, there is nothing in the mind that is old; nothing that can truly, at last wither away. Indeed, even Paul was left with a thistle in the substance. Whoever ensures himself against what is new and weird and relapses to the past falls into an indistinguishable hypochondriac condition from the man who distinguishes himself with the new and flees from the past. The main contrast is that the one has irritated himself from the past and the other from what’s to come. On a basic level, both are doing likewise: they are strengthening their restricted scope of awareness as opposed to shattering it in the strain of contrary energies and working up a condition of more extensive and higher cognizance…

The major issues in life…are never completely understood. If at any time they ought to give off an impression of being so it is a certain sign that something has been lost. The significance and reason for an issue appear to lie not in its answer but rather in our working at it relentlessly.


“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”

“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.”

“Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.”

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

“Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.”

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”

“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls.”

“Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.”

“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.”

“There’s no coming to consciousness without pain.”

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.”

“Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not. ”

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.”

“Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event.”

“Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling.”


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