Inauthentic Suffering

“Refusing to become what they could be, and cheating themselves with escapes and excuses, they often go into what Jung calls ‘uneigentlich leiden,’ inauthentic suffering, whining and caviling and boring the gods. Real suffering at least leads to wisdom and deepening. The suffering wrought through chronic addiction to one’s own self-betrayal is merely erosive and uninteresting.”

Jean Houston, Carl Jung and Soul Psychology, ‘Pathos and Soul Making,’ p.79.