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Quotes About Psychology

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Gabor Maté
“Not all addictions are rooted in abuse or trauma, but I do believe they can all be traced to painful experience. A hurt is at the centre of all addictive behaviours. It is present in the gambler, the Internet addict, the compulsive shopper and the workaholic. The wound may not be as deep and the ache not as excruciating, and it may even be entirely hidden—but it’s there. As we’ll see, the effects of early stress or adverse experiences directly shape both the psychology and the neurobiology of addiction in the brain.”
Gabor Maté, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

Margaret Atwood
“Truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations.”
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

“The Queen is controlling, the Witch is sadistic, the Hermit is fearful, and the Waif is helpless.

And each requires a different approach. Don't let the Queen get the upper hand; be wary even of accepting gifts because it engenders expectations. Don't internalize the Hermit's fears or become limited by them. Don't allow yourself to be alone with the Witch; maintain distance for your own emotional and physical safety. And with the Waif, don't get pulled into her crises and sense of victimization. Pay attention to your own tendencies to want to rescue her, which just feeds the dynamic.”
Christine Ann Lawson, Understanding the Borderline Mother: Helping Her Children Transcend the Intense, Unpredictable, and Volatile Relationship

James Clavell
“It's a saying they have, that a man has a false heart in his mouth for the world to see, another in his breast to show to his special friends and his family, and the real one, the true one, the secret one, which is never known to anyone except to himself alone, hidden only God knows where.”
James Clavell, Shōgun

Leo Tolstoy
“Music makes me forget myself, my true condition, it carries me off into another state of being, one that isn't my own: under the influence of music I have the illusion of feeling things I don't really feel, of understanding things I don't understand, being able to do things I'm not able to do (...) Can it really be allowable for anyone who feels like it to hypnotize another person, or many other persons, and then do what he likes with them? Particularly if the hypnotist is the first unscrupulous individual who happens to come along?”
Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata

Bisco Hatori
We'll erase those who want to use us for our family prestige...

...and erase those girls who try to apply their patronizing psychology theories on us...

...and those stupid adults who only judge us by our outward appearances....

We'll erase them all from our consciousness.

Bisco Hatori, Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 09

Robert Cormier
“Everybody sins, Francis. The terrible thing is that we love our sins. We love the thing that makes us evil.”
Robert Cormier, Heroes

“Anxiety and desire are two, often conflicting, orientations to the unknown. Both are tilted toward the future. Desire implies a willingness, or a need, to engage this unknown, while anxiety suggests a fear of it. Desire takes one out of oneself, into the possibility or relationship, but it also takes one deeper into oneself. Anxiety turns one back on oneself, but only onto the self that is already known.”
Mark Epstein, Open to Desire: Embracing a Lust for Life - Insights from Buddhism and Psychotherapy

“The most talented people are always the nicest.”
James Caan

C.G. Jung
“Creative power is mightier than its possessor.”
C.G. Jung

Robert A. Heinlein
“The drive for power is even less logical than the sex urge . . . and stronger.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

Isaac Asimov
“It's your fiction that interests me. Your studies of the interplay of human motives and emotion.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

With my ninth mind I resurrect my first and dance slow to the music of
“With my ninth mind I resurrect my first
and dance slow to the music of my soul made new.”
Aberjhani, Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black

C.G. Jung
“Nature has no use for the plea that one 'did not know'.”
C.G. Jung

Steven Pinker
“Thinking is computation, I claim, but that does not mean that the computer is a good metaphor for the mind. The mind is a set of modules, but the modules are not encapsulated boxes or circumscribed swatches on the surface of the brain. The organization of our mental modules comes from our genetic program, but that does not mean that there is a gene for every trait or that learning is less important than we used to think. The mind is an adaptation designed by natural selection, but that does not mean that everything we think, feel, and do is biologically adaptive. We evolved from apes, but that does not mean we have the same minds as apes. And the ultimate goal of natural selection is to propagate genes, but that does not mean that the ultimate goal of people is to propagate genes.”
Steven Pinker, How the Mind Works

Donald Van de Mark
“Your life is a trajectory. Every choice you make alters that trajectory, in a positive or negative way. Will you categorize that dinner with friends as a business expense? Will you be honest with your daughter? Will you take more credit than you’re due? These are just the small questions that we face every day, and little by little, the answers influence the trajectory of our lives and beings.”
Donald Van de Mark

Michael Crichton
“Considering that we live in an era of evolutionary everything---evolutionary biology, evolutionary medicine, evolutionary ecology, evolutionary psychology, evolutionary economics, evolutionary computing---it was surprising how rarely people thought in evolutionary terms. It was a human blind spot. We look at the world around us as a snapshot when it was really a movie, constantly changing.”
Michael Crichton, Prey

Viktor E. Frankl
“The incurable sufferer is given very little opportunity to be proud of his suffering and to consider it ennobling rather than degrading" so that "he is not only unhappy, but also ashamed of being unhappy.”
Viktor E. Frankl

J.B. Priestley
“We must beware the revenge of the starved senses, the embittered animal in its prison.”
J.B. Priestley

“When examining evidence relevant to a given belief, people are inclined to see what they expect to see, and conclude what they expect to conclude. Information that is consistent with our pre-existing beliefs is often accepted at face value, whereas evidence that contradicts them is critically scrutinized and discounted. Our beliefs may thus be less responsive than they should to the implications of new information”
Thomas Gilovich, How We Know What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life

Aberjhani
“The act of writing itself is much like the construction of a mirror made of words. Looking at certain illuminated corners of or cracks within the mirror, the author can see fragments of an objective reality that comprise the physical universe, social communities, political dynamics, and other facets of human existence. Looking in certain other corners of the same mirror, he or she may experience glimpses of a True Self sheltered deftly behind a mask of public proprieties.”
Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry

Nathanael West
“Her sureness was based on the power to limit experience arbitrarily.”
Nathanael West, Miss Lonelyhearts

Nick Hornby
“Clockers" asks--almost in passing, and there's a lot more to it than this--a pretty interesting question: if you choose to work for the minimum wage when everyone around you is pocketing thousands from drug deals, then what does that do to you, to your head and to your heart?

(Hornby's thoughts after reading "Clockers" by Richard Price)”
Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree

B.F. Skinner
“A person who has been punished is not thereby simply less inclined to behave in a given way; at best, he learns how to avoid punishment.”
B.F. Skinner, Beyond Freedom and Dignity

Carl Elliott
“On Prozac, Sisyphus might well push the boulder back up the mountain with more enthusiasm and creativity. I do not want to deny the benefits of psychoactive medication. I just want to point out that Sisyphus is not a patient with a mental health problem. To see him as a patient with a mental health problem is to ignore certain larger aspects of his predicament connected to boulders, mountains, and eternity.”
Carl Elliott

“Each act of denial, conscious or unconscious, is an abdication of our power to respond.”
― Joanna Rogers Macy

Jen Knox
“When the writing is good, a book becomes a mirror. The reader will see an uncanny familiarity and respond accordingly.”
Jen Knox

George Eliot
“A medical man likes to make psychological observations, and sometimes in the pursuit of such studies is too easily tempted into momentous prophecy which life and death easily set at nought.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch

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