Innocence can be redefined and called stupidity. Honesty can be called gullibility. Candor becomes lack of common sense. Interest in your work can be called cowardice. Generosity can be called soft-headedness, and observe: the former is disturbing.
I have learned the novice can often see things that the expert overlooks. All that is necessary is not to be afraid of making mistakes, or of appearing naive.
Life could be vastly improved if we could count our blessings as self-actualizing people can and do, and if we could retain their constant sense of good fortune and gratitude for it.
Duty cannot be contrasted with pleasure nor work with play when duty is pleasure, when work is play, and people doing their duty are simultaneously seeking pleasure and being happy.
It seems that the necessary thing to do is not to fear mistakes, to plunge in, to do the best that one can, hoping to learn enough from blunders to correct them eventually.
Topics: Fear, Courage, Risk
The sacred is in the ordinary, in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s backyard.
When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail.
The dichotomy between selfishness and unselfishness disappears altogether in healthy people because in principle every act is both selfish and unselfish.
If the most socially identified people are themselves the most individualistic people, of what use is it to retain the polarity? If the most mature are also the most childlike? And if the most ethical and moral people are also the lustiest and most animal
I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.
Topics: Success, People, Kindness, Compassion, Life, Knowledge, The Mind, Ability, Past and Present
- Carl Rogers American Psychologist
- Howard Gardner American Psychologist
- Timothy Leary American Psychologist
- Erich Fromm German Psychologist
- Orval Hobart Mowrer American Psychologist
- Bruno Bettelheim Austrian-born American Psychologist
- Martin Seligman American Psychologist
- George W. Crane American Psychologist
- B. F. Skinner American Psychologist
- Carl Gustav Jung Swiss Psychologist