Turning the unconscious conscious

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

I recently came across this quote by renowned psychoanalyst Carl Jung in James Clear’s book Atomic Habits and I find fascinating because it resonates a lot with my own personal experiences.

In school I took many classes in psychology because I realized that it gave me labels to identify phenomena that I was experiencing in my life. Psychology has given me the vocabulary and the basic frameworks to attempt a description of what’s going on in my mind and the mind of others. To a lesser extent I can say the same thing about other fields including economics, statistics, sociology, etc.

I sometimes wonder if a lot of life is about becoming aware of things, events and patterns that have been there all along. Should we make a conscious effort to just strive to make the unconscious conscious? How do you do that if that means discovering unknown unknowns?

A lot of questions and not a lot of answers.