To one familiar with our psychology, it may seem a waste of time to keep harping on the long-established difference between becoming conscious and the coming-to-be of the self (individuation).

But again and again I note that the individuation process is confused with the coming of the ego into consciousness and that the ego is in consequence identified with the self, which naturally produces a hopeless conceptual muddle.

Individuation is then nothing but ego-centeredness and autoeroticism.

But the self comprises infinitely more .than a mere ego, as the symbolism has shown from of old. It is as much one’s self, and all other selves, as the ego.

Individuation does not shut one out from the world, but gathers the world to oneself. ~Carl Jung, The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche, Paragraph 432.