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Sensing the self as something irrational, as an indefinable existent, to which the ego is neither opposed nor subject, but merely attached, and about which it revolves very much as the earth revolves round the sun--thus we come to the goal of individuation. I use the word “sensing” to indicate the apperceptive character of the relationship between ego and self. In this relationship nothing is knowable, because we can say nothing about the contents of the self. The ego is the only content of the self that we do know. The individuated ego senses itself as the object of an unknown and supraordinate subject. It seems to me that our psychological inquiry must come to a stop here, for the idea of a self is itself a transcendental postulate which, although justified psychologically, does not allow of scientific proof. This step beyond science is an unconditional requirement of the psychological development I have sought to depict, because without this postulate I could give no adequate formulation of the psychic processes that occur empirically. At the very least, therefore, the self can claim the value of an hypothesis analogous to that of the structure of the atom. And even though we should once again be enmeshed in an image, it is none the less powerfully alive, and its interpretation quite exceeds my powers. I have no doubt at all that it is an image, but one in which we are contained.  •  Carl Jung