Can we be singleminded?

But his instincts not only attach him to the macrocosm, they also, in a sense, tear him apart, because his desires pull him in different directions. In this way he falls into continual conflict with himself and only very rarely succeeds in giving his life an undivided goal – for which, as a rule, he must pay very dearly by repressing other sides of his nature. One often has to ask oneself whether this kind of singlemindedness is worth forcing at all, seeing that the natural state of the human psyche consists in a jostling together of it’s components and in their contradictory behaviour – that is, in a certain degree of dissociation.

  • Pg. 34, The Undiscovered Self – C.G. Jung, 9-780691-150512
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