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
"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]
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 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.]
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