Carl Jung – Thinking with the Heart

Carl Jung describes an encounter with the Native American chief Ochwiay Biano (“Mountain Lake”) of the Taos pueblo in New Mexico in 1932:

“I was able to talk with him as I have rarely been able to talk with a European,” Jung recalled…

Chief Mountain Lake: “See how cruel the whites look, their lips are thin, their noses sharp, their faces furrowed and distorted by folds. Their eyes have a staring expression; they are always seeking something. What are they seeking? The whites always want something. They are always uneasy and restless. We do not know what they want. We do not understand them. We think that they are all mad.”

When Jung asked why he thinks they are all mad, Mountain Lake replied, “They say they think with their heads.”

“Why of course,” said Jung, “What do you think with?”

“We think here,” said Chief Mountain Lake, indicating his heart.