"You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards; so you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future" (Steve Jobs, 2005)
“This experience of discovering within oneself present attitudes and emotions which have been viscerally and physiologically experienced, but which have never been recognized in consciousness, constitutes one of the deepest and most significant phenomena of therapy” (Carl Rogers).
".. attention is a precious, but limited, resource. We can attend to some things but not to everything. Dividing attention is possible but difficult, and there are forces out there in the world trying to distract us from paying attention to what we’re supposed to be attending to."
Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research, and Everyday Experience 5th Edition,
by E. Bruce Goldstein
"AFTER A LONG WEEKEND WITHOUT YOUR PHONE, YOU LEARN WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT IN LIFE. YOUR PHONE."
"Other men are lenses through which we read our own minds"
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1850)
"I leave theory aside as much as possible when analyzing dreams-not entirely, of course, for we always need some theory to make things intelligible.
It is on the basis of theory, for instance, that I expect dreams to have a meaning.
I cannot prove in every case that this is so, for there are dreams which the doctor and the patient simply do not understand."
~Collected Words 16: The Practice of Psychotherapy
The Practical use of Dream Analysis (1936)
"A dream, like every element in the psychic structure, is a product of the total psyche. Hence we may expect to find in dreams everything that has ever been of significance in the life of humanity. just as human life is not limited to this or that fundamental instinct, but builds itself up from a multiplicity of instincts, needs, desires, and physical and psychic conditions, etc., so the dream cannot be explained by this or that element in it,’ however beguilingly simple such an explanation may appear to be. We can be certain that it is incorrect, because no simple theory of instinct will ever be capable of grasping the human psyche, that mighty and mysterious thing, nor, consequently, its exponent, the dream. In order to do anything like justice to dreams, we need interpretive equipment that must be laboriously fitted together from all branches of the humane sciences."
“General Aspects of Dream Psychology” (1916). In CW 8: The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche. P. 527