the self and the archetype
"The Self, according to Jung, was the sum total of the psyche,
with all its potential included. This is the part of the psyche that
looks forward, that contains the drive toward fulfillment and wholeness.
In this, the Self was said to drive the process of individuation, the
quest of the individual to reach his or her fullest potential."
--"The Jungian Model of the Psyche," Journal Psyche [online
"Jung's term ego is virtually identical to Freud's; it
is the centre of our conscious identity and selfhood. However, for Jung,
the task of the ego is to transform itself by integrating as many contents
of the unconscious as possible, in which case it begins to function
as an ancillary organ of the Self.
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The Self is an archetype which expresses the totality of the psyche
and includes the ego and the unconscious . . . .
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Jung postulated a transcendental element that facilitates our journey
towards wholeness. This element, or archetype, Jung calls the Self
. . . . For Jung, the ego is the centre of consciousness, the focus
of our personal identity, whereas the Self is the centre of the entire
psyche, conscious and unconscious, and thus the focus of our transpersonal
identity. . . .
[The Self] has no equivalent in the Freudian system . . . .
The Self is virtually a transcendental concept, and it cannot be known
directly by the ego, but only indirectly through symbol, dream and myth."
--David Tacey, How To Read Jung 17, 25, 47, 48 (New York:
W.W. Norton & Co., First American ed., 2007)
"Healing is the capacity for reimagine our relationship to the
Self. Underneath the sense of self is the Self itself. It is always
there, our nature naturing, seeking to become itself, and it is always
expressing its holistic intent. The purpose of therapy, whether in company
with a therapist or in dialogue with ourselves, is to attend the teleological
voice of the Self when it speaks through the venue of the body, through
replicative patterns, through compensatory dream image, through the
analysis of complexes, or through the grace of insight and renewing
The source of the self-disorder is not the Self; it is the power of
the wounding world. The source of renewal is the still, quiet voice
of the Self which may be heard by those who wish to hear, who retain
the capacity to hear, or who are driven to hear. As Jung has noted,
the encounter with the Self is often experienced as a defeat for the
ego. So it is in the experience of defeat that renewal will be found,
through a 'terrible grace' in which other images may present themselves
to consciousness and through the yearning for meaning which leads us
through pain to plenitude.
None of us escapes life unscathed, or evades imprisonment by our reactions
and misreadings of life's traumata."
--James Hollis, The Archetypal Imagination 116-117 (College
Station, Texas: Texas A&M Press, 2000)
Andrew Samuels, Dethroning the Self, Spring: An Annual of Archetypal
Psychology & Jungian Thought 43 (1983)
Audio | Lecture: Edward Edinger
the Greater Personality
[1:45:56 mins.] [lecture at the
San Diego Friends of Jung, 1984] [begin class presentation at 1:00 mins.]
Peterson on Carl Jung's Depth Psychology: Persona and Shadow
[1:13:47 mins.] [commentary
on the archetype of the Self begins at 33:58 mins., ends at 37:14 mins.]
[2:34:51 mins.]  [Jordan Peterson's presentation
begins at 51:59 mins., ends at 1:15:46 mins.] [Paterson's comments on
archetypes and traditions associated with Christianity with passing
references to the archetype of the Self, that begins at 2:03:02 mins,,
ends at 2:10:20 mins.]
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