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self (Jungian)

The archetype of wholeness and the regulating center of the psyche. It is commonly symbolized by a mandala or a paradoxical union of opposites. The Self is experienced as a numinous, transpersonal power which transcends and overrides the ego. Empirically it is indistinguishable from the image of God.


Definition copyright © Daryl Sharp, condensed from: C. G. Jung Lexicon: A Primer of Terms and Concepts (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts)