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4 Inspirational Psychological Quotes

Inspirational quotes are all over blogs, walls and computer desktops. They offer us insight and new perspectives on our current situations or struggles we are enduring. Here are a few of my favorite  quotes from Mental Health Professionals , God willing they can inspire you as well.

Albert Ellis said, “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.

Simply put, take accountability over your life and stop pointing the blame on everyone else. In the end, you are responsible for your actions and no one else. It is not what happens to you that matters the most, it is how you react to it.

Abraham Maslow said, “In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth, or to step back into safety. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.

This is one of my currently favorite quotes as I am at a crossroads myself in my career. Whether this is about career, family, faith or changing your hairstyle. We cease to grow when we wallow in fear and refuse to take steps forward. Sometimes you have to carefully weight the risks and rewards of a situation and go for it.

Carl Jung said, “I am not what happened to me, I am what I chose to become.

This aligns with the first quote. Just because we experience trauma, hardship or come from a dysfunctional home does not mean we are destined to live the same life. YOU have the power to make choices, you have freewill. How you react to hardship says a lot about who you really are inside.

William James said, “Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.

This is not about doing something that will make you unhappy, it is about challenging yourself and not letting fear dictate your life. How many of us say “what if” or “if only I would have done X”? Do you want a life of regrets or do you want to go after your goals? I am not saying you need to do something drastic, but make the choice to do something you normally put off. Show initiative. When we consciously do these things we are training ourselves to avoid complacency while reminding ourselves that it is not always best to take the easy route.

Final Thoughts

Quotes are just like paintings or sculptures, although the words have a general meaning and context, the implied meaning has a lot to do with our own perspective. Someone who has social anxiety might really connect to the 4th quote because they need to challenge themselves to engage in conversation with another human being, not just their cat. (I talk to my cats, so no judgment) While someone else sees this same quote as pushing them to stop taking the easy route at school and study harder.

If you liked any of these quotes, let me know which ones and why! Please feel free to comment with your own favorite quotes.

4 Inspirational Psychological Quotes

Monique Hassan

Monique Hassan is a freelance writer specializing in spiritual psychology. She has a passion for integrating spirituality within the framework of modern psychology. She also works as a patient advocate at an inpatient behavioral health facility and volunteers at interfaith workshops. She has a bachelors of science in psychology with a minor in biology and is certified in crisis prevention and intervention.

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Hassan, M. (2018). 4 Inspirational Psychological Quotes. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 30, 2020, from


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