Active Imagination and Identity – Self Concept


For the Analytical Psychology, Self is a borderline concept because it is not only the center of the psyche but also the whole circumference which embraces both conscious and unconscious; and this totality transcends our vision. It is a veritable lapis invisibilitatis. It is the center of this totality, just as the ego is the center of consciousness. We may be able to indicate the limits of consciousness, but the unconscious is simply the unknown psyche and for that very reason, unlimited because undetermined. According to Junguian hypothesis, the unconscious possesses an etiological significance, and since dreams are the direct expression of unconscious psychic activity, the attempt to analyze and interpret dreams is theoretically justified from a scientific standpoint, as is the Active Imagination. Both processes aim at an assimilation, that is, the mutual penetration of conscious and unconscious resulting in the birth of the unique and singular identity of the human being: the Self, which in last instance brings with it the realization of the divine in man. Our proposal with this article is to search the origin and development of this so unique human Identity through the Active Imagination technique.

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Sonia Lyra, Ichthys Instituto de Psicologia Analítica, Brazil

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Conference: ECP2017
Stream: General Psychology

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