The 4 Stages Of Life (According To Carl Jung)

Our lives are constantly changing, as we go through one stage after another. Although we have no control over how we age and we have no say in our own life and death, we all do go through a set few phases.

According to Swiss Psychologist, Carl Jung, our life is divided into four stages, and we all go through it at different times in our lifetimes. While certain aspects of it may be different, the general idea remains the same.

There are the four stages of life according to Carl Jung.


The Athlete

We are the least mature at this stage and are our most self-absorbed selves. We are obsessed with our physical body and outward appearance. We tend to be narcissistic and often critical things around us. This is how most of us are in our childhood and adolescent years. While most make it out of this phase some remain in it their entire lives.


The Warrior

We then move on to a more goal-oriented phase and begin to take on more responsibilities as we start looking beyond ourselves. Our vanity begins to fade and we start to prepare for the struggles of adulthood, work, career, and relationships. A majority of our youth is spent as the warrior.


The Statement

This phase comes when we shift focus from ourselves and put others before us. Often correlated to parenting this stage comes when we become more selfless and our primary goal is to provide for our children. The statement phase is a huge forward leap from the athlete and even the warrior.


The Spirit

This, being the final stage, is one where we start identifying ourselves as spiritual beings. We no longer strive to accumulate worldly tangible pleasures such as wealth, assets, and friends; and we become aware of our life’s journey which has no certain beginning or end.


Though these stages mostly occur in chronological order, sometimes phases do come and go out of turn. Whenever we do go through them, we must be prepared and ready to handle it and give it all we’ve got. As Carl Jung once said, “Thoroughly unprepared, we take the step into the afternoon of life. Worse still, we take this step with the false presupposition that our truths and our ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning, for what was great in the morning will be little at evening and what in the morning was true, at evening will have become a lie.”

What stage are you on as of now?


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