Psychology Quotes

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Sometimes an inability or unwillingness to consider more than one variable at a time triggers what I call the mind-reader hallucination, in which you imagine you know the secret intentions of strangers.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.


Neurosis seems to be a human privilege.
Psychoanalysis is confession without absolution.
Psychoanalysis is in essence a cure through love.
Psychology has a long past, but only a short history.
Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.


Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It had no mother.
A good psychoanalyst listens to every word you don't say.
Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.

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I have nothing to offer except a way of looking at things.
The analysis of character is the highest human entertainment.
Anyone who consults a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Behavioural psychology is the science of pulling habits out of rats.
Work and love; these are the basics. Without them there is neurosis.
There are as many archetypes as there are typical situations in life.
I prefer neurotic people. I like to hear rumblings beneath the surface.
The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis.
If Freud is not the Pasteur of mental illness, he is at least the Hippocrates.
Many peptic ulcers and psychosomatic ailments are poems struggling to be born.


It seems a pity that psychology has destroyed all our knowledge of human nature.
The Gay Liberation movement is the best therapy the homosexual has had in years.
Psychoanalysis is a sort of individual history, an embryology of the personality.
Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build too.
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven.


The great majority of severe neuroses in women have their origin in the marriage bed.

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

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Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.
The object of all psychology is lo give us a totally different idea of the things we know best.
Psychoanalysis is a permanent fad. A vogue here to stay because it tells an old story in a new way.
Psychology marks the triumph of human evolution. How many other species would need a science of the mind?
The only constructive theory connecting neuroscience and psychology will arise from the study of software.


One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.


There is an analogy between the bombardment of the atom and the bombardment of the personality by the method of analysis.
A cloudy day, or a little sunshine, have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most real blessings or misfortunes.


A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.

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Personality is the supreme realization of the innate idiosyncracy of a living being. It is an act of high courage flung in the face of life.
Classifying psychology as "science" reminds me of the Reagan administration's categorization of Ketchup in school cafeterias as "vegetable".
The first time you see something that you have never seen before, you almost always know right away if you should eat it or run away from it.
Physicists take something complicated and try to make it simpler. Psychologists take something very complicated and make it even more complicated.
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.


Psychology as a science has its limitations, and, as the logical consequence of theology is mysticism, so the ultimate consequence of psychology is love.
To say that a particular psychiatric condition is incurable or irreversible is to say more about the state of our ignorance than about the state of the patient.


We'd rather take the risk of AWOL patients than lock them up. Freedom is better for the patient's morale. Locked doors have a very depressing effect on the patient.

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A large part of the popularity and persuasiveness of psychology comes from its being a sublimated spiritualism: a secular, ostensibly scientific way of affirming the primacy of "spirit" over matter.


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.

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In a way, all psychotherapy is reprogramming. You aren't curing a disorder; you're adding something to the history of the individual. If what you add is powerful enough, it will certainly lead to different behavior.

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Sigmund Freud was a novelist with a scientific background. He just didn't know he was a novelist. All those damn psychiatrists after him, they didn't know he was a novelist, either. They made simply awful sense out of his intuitions.
The worst thing your brain could do is reinterpret your reality into a whole new movie with each new bit of information. That would be exhausting and without benefit. Instead, your brain takes the path of least resistance and instantly interprets your observations to fit your existing worldview. It's just easier.


When depression is stigmatized as illness and weakness, a double-bind is created; if we admit to depression, we will be stigmatized by others; if we feel it but do not admit it, we stigmatize ourselves, internalizing the social judgment. ... The only remaining choice may be truly sick behavior—to experience no emotion at all.


Both my friend and I follow politics. We're both smart. (He's smarter.) Neither of us lied about our reaction to Trump's speech. But we saw entirely different movies playing on the same screen at the same time. If you think this different-movies situation is rare, you're living in what I call the second dimension. In the third dimension, where persuasion rules, it is entirely normal and routine for different movies to play on the same screen at the same time.