About the Average

I slipped through [school] with average marks, and this suited me very well, as it fitted in with my general tendency not to be conspicuous. On the whole I sympathised with boys from poor families who, like myself, had come from nowhere, and I had a liking for those who were none too bright, though I tended to become excessively irritated by their stupidity and ignorance. For the fact of the matter was that they had something to offer which I craved deeply: in their simplicity they noticed nothing unusual about me. My “unusualness” was gradually beginning to give me disagreeable, rather uncanny feelings that I must posses repulsive traits, of which I was not aware, that caused my teachers and schoolmates to shun me.

Carl Gustav Jung — Memories, Dreams, Reflections

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