Weekend Reading: Carl Jung: The Second Half of Life

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Life is often perceived as a journey of continuous progression toward an expected end, with distinct phases delineated by Carl Jung. The first half of life is characterized by the ego’s dominance, societal conformity, and external pursuits, while the second half involves an inward journey toward wholeness and meaning. Jung emphasized the importance of integrating the unconscious aspects of the self, confronting mortality, and prioritizing values and deeper relationships. Transitioning from external validation to inner fulfillment is a key aspect of this phase.


Key Takeaway: As you move into your second half of life, intentionally focus on inner growth, self-discovery, and the pursuit of meaningful connections.