Neurotics Quotes

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The neurotic is nailed to the cross of his fiction.
A neurosis is a secret you don't know you're keeping.
Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.

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Sin, guilt, neurosis—they are one and the same, the fruit of the tree of knowledge.

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Neurosis can be understood best as the battle between two tendencies within an individual.
Every person, to the extent that he is neurotic, is like an airplane directed by remote control.
Neurosis has an absolute genius for malingering.  There is no illness which it cannot counterfeit perfectly.


Neurosis is no worse than a bad cold; you ache all over, and it's made you a mess, but you won't die from it.
The neurotic is the flounder that lies on the bed of the river, securely settled in the mud, waiting to be speared.
Everything we think of as great has come to us from neurotics.  It is they and they alone who found religions and create great works of art.
A neurotic is a man who builds a castle in the air.  A psychotic is the man who lives in it.  And a psychiatrist is the man who collects the rent.
A neurotic person can be most simply described as someone who, while he was growing up, learned ways of behaving that are self-defeating in his society.


All neurotics are petty bourgeois.  And vice versa.  Madness is too revolutionary for them.  They can't go the whole hog.  We madmen are the aristocrats of mental illness.
They complain of their illness but exploit it with all of their strength; and if someone tries to take it away from them they defend it like the proverbial lioness with her young.
The true believer is in a high degree protected against the danger of certain neurotic afflictions; by accepting the universal neurosis he is spared the task of forming a personal neurosis.


The neurotic . . . feels caught in a cellar with many doors, and whichever door he opens leads only into new darkness.  And all the time he knows that others are walking outside in sunshine.
Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.

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A neurosis is the result of a conflict between the ego and the id; the person is at war with himself. A psychosis is the outcome of a similar disturbance in the relation between the ego and the outside world.

ego psychology

A mistake which is commonly made about neurotics is to suppose that they are interesting.  It is not interesting to be always unhappy, engrossed with oneself, malignant and ungrateful, and never quite in touch with reality.
Everything we think of as great has come to us from neurotics. It is they and they alone who found religions and create great works of art. The world will never realize how much it owes to them and what they have suffered in order to bestow their gifts on it.