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balance in life was through dreams

How bad is your EGO trippin?

“Jung’s approach to finding balance in life was through dreams and his ‘Individuation Process’.

 

Individuation is a self analysis, a self discovery, analyzing your own psyche and life, discovering what truths lie underneath the conscious ego-centric personality, and life. In this search of the unconscious one will confront different aspects of the psyche that influence our human fabric, our behavior and reasons for those behaviors.

Continuing with the ‘The Self’, the following will introduce you to the four different aspects of the psyche that influence, often unconsciously, who we are as individuals, and ultimately collectively.

The Self The coherent whole, unified consciousness and unconscious of a person

The Self is simply the center and the totality of the entire psyche. It is the archetype which contains all the other archetypes and around which they orbit. It’s something of a paradox, and extremely difficult for the conscious ego to accept.

Hero archetype: a Self symbol, but where the god symbolizes the collective unconscious, the hero is a mixture of it with human consciousness {Examples: Jesus & the Buddha}. It’s an anticipation of an individuation process approaching wholeness.

In Jungian theory, the Self is one of the archetypes. It signifies the coherent whole, unified consciousness and unconscious of a person. The Self, according to Jung, is realized as the product of individuation, which in Jungian view is the process of integrating one’s personality. For Jung, the self is symbolized by the circle (especially when divided in four quadrants), the square, or the mandala.

What distinguishes Jungian psychology is the idea that there are two centers of the personality. The ego is the center of consciousness, whereas the Self is the center of the total personality, which includes consciousness, the unconscious, and the ego.

The Self is both the whole and the center. While the ego is a self-contained little circle off the center contained within the whole, the Self can be understood as the greater circle.

The Self draws its power exclusively from the collective unconscious; it is transpersonal rather than personal and is not conditioned by a person’s individual experiences. The Self is both: the “guide” of the process of individuation, the regulating center of the personality the “goal” of the process of individuation, the symbol of perfect fulfillment of all potential (this is an unconscious goal, not the goal of the conscious ego.”

Edward C. Whitmont, The Symbolic Quest: Basic Concepts of Analytical Psychology

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