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The person with the difficult temperament

People whose own temperaments offer problems are often neurotic, but it would be a serious misunderstanding to confuse the existence of problems with neurosis. There is a marked difference between the two in that the neurotic is ill because he is unconscious of his problems, while the person with a difficult temperament suffers from his conscious problems without being ill.

Source – Carl Gustav Jung, The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche, CW 8, 1930, VI The Stages of Life, Paragraph 763.

Art: ‘The Madman, his Parables and Poems,’ Knopf, New York, 1918.

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