Psychology for Lawyers

archetype of the self


"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 text]

"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, and it acts as an invisible guarantor of the ego as it makes its journey through life. . . . 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 know directly by the ego, but only indirectly through symbol, dream and myth."

óDavid Tacey, How To Read Jung 17, 25, 47, 48 (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., First American ed., 2007)


Jung on the Archetype of the Self
[extracted from C.G. Jung, The Collected Works]

Supplemental Reading

C.G. Jung, "The Transcendental Function," in Joan Chodorow (ed.), Jung On Active Imagination 42-60 (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1997) (excerpted from Jung's Collected Works 8: The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche)

Class Videos

Class Viewing 1: Serving the Deep Self [3:27 mins.] [Michael Meade]

Class Viewing 2: Introduction to Carl Jung's Archetype of the Self [13:09 mins.] [relevant discussion begins at 9:35 mins.] [archetype of self related to individuation]

Class Viewing 3: Jordan 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. and ends at 37:14 mins.]

Class Viewing 4: Resurrection of Logos [2:34:51 mins.] [March, 2017] [Peterson's presentation begins at 51:59 mins. and ends at 1:15:46 mins.] [Paterson's comments on Jung's archetypes and traditions of Christianity with interesting references to the archetype of the Self, begins at 2:03:02 mins, and ends at 2:10:20 mins.]

Reference (Video)

Ian Laird Talking about Jungian Psychology
[7 mins. excerpt] [1:17:41 mins., discussion of the persona and shadow runs from 3:40 mins. and ends at 10:40 mins.] [Ian Laird is a Jungian analyst] ["The shadow is everything that has not been lived, that could be lived. "] [There is another interesting segment of the Ian Laird video at 27:05 mins. that ends at 30:54 mins. with passing references to "active imagination"] [comments on the Self (and the image of wholeness) and ego consciousness (with comments about the persona) begins at 49:32 mins.; ends at 57:43 mins.; include 1:01:45 mins. to 1:03:49 mins. for additional comments on the collective aspects of Self]

Edward F. Edinger: Social Implications
[40:09 mins.] [Edinger's commentary on the Self and the awareness of the Self runs from 13:48 mins. to 24:50 mins.] ["Science of the Soul: A Jungian Perspective," a video directed and produced by Kevin Haasarud and distributed by Desert Spring Media in 1997]

Jung on the Self in Man & His Symbols
[5:38 mins.] [audio]

Dr. Michael V. Adams on Jung and the Ego
[13:48 mins.] [Dr. Adams's brief presentation on the ego runs from 1:41 mins. to 2:54 mins.]

C.G. Jung Concepts Discussed: Ego
[10:30 mins.] [Dick Pearson & Jungian analyst D. Stephenson Bond]

Who and What Am "I"?
[7:47 mins.] [Mark Solms]

Self in Jungian Psychology

Jung: On the Ego
[from Daryl Sharp's Jung Lexicon]

Ego, Archetype and Self

Web Resources

The Self in Jungian Psychology

Jung on the Archetype of the Self
[extracted from C.G. Jung, The Collected Works]


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