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The 4 Stages Of Life According To Carl Jung

Stages Of Life According To Carl Jung

Human lives are inherently mysterious by nature. But what makes it complete? Most importantly, what are the different stages of life and how do they influence our perception of the world and human lives in general? According to eminent psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, we go through 4 stages of perception shifts in our lifetimes.

Sometimes, people remain stuck in the first or second stage. Some leap directly into the fourth step altogether. While others, keep coming back time and again to the previous stages. So the physiology of these stages is not strictly defined. They keep overlapping and often branches off to and fro depending on the circumstances.

So, what are Carl Jung’s stages of Life? Let’s dive in, shall we?

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So What Are These 4 Stages Of Life?

Jung proposed these different phases of life that eventually change our perception of human lives and the kind of purpose it serves in the world. They are:

  • Athlete Stage
  • Warrior Stage
  • Statement Stage
  • Spiritual Stage

1. The Athlete Stage

The athlete phase is the particular time period when we’re overly conscious of our physical appearance.

It is the psychological state when we aspire to better physical accomplishments, as in, having a better external appearance, looks, features, etc.

The main reason behind such behavior is unknown but it is believed, as proposed by Jung himself, to be the direct result of the significant physiological changes that we go through during our teenage and early adolescent years. That’s why this particular phase generally occurs when we’re yet to become adults.

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2. The Warrior Stage

This is the second phase that usually follows, but doesn’t necessarily have to, the athlete phase. It is when we start setting professional goals and create checklists for all the things that need to be done. It starts from our high school days and continues until we attain a desirable position in the company we are about to work.

In this phase, our mind tempts us to be the best version of ourselves in the material world. We crave higher rankings, better facilities, social status, respect, and more wealth than our peers.

Basically, every material success one can dream of is strived for in this warrior phase. We fight like a warrior to become something better and feel better with time.

It is this pursuit that engages a person until his/her middle age. It eventually shapes our physical, mental and social conditioning, thus labeling us a socially accepted definition of a successful human being.

3. The Statement Stage

And then comes the turning point. The statement phase is perhaps the buffer between the spirit phase and the warrior phase. You can call it the psychological adolescence since it marks a gradual shift from a less mature warrior and athlete stage to a more emotionally mature spiritual stage; much like the way, our adolescent years catapults us into the years of adulthood. In this stage, we realize the emptiness that awaits to haunt us.

The looming question “what have I achieved outside of myself?” “What did I do for others/society/humanity?”, “Am I something more than what I have gained in all these years?”

This shift in mentality usually happens when we become compassionate towards others. When our soul grows tired of the material hassles, it starts contemplating something beyond the world of commercial gains and starts thinking on altruistic lines. As a transition phase, it eventually leads us to the next stage i.e. the spirit phase.

Related: These 5 Factors Are Crucial To Living a Happy Life, According To Carl Jung

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Ethan Ray

Hi! Ethan here. Someone passionate about human psychology and how it responds to the world around them. Into philosophies of Freud, Jung, Emerson, Thoreau, etc. Encourage positive thinking, humanitarian acts. Love football, long-boarding. Indulge in films, music and liberal arts.View Author posts