Self development is the state of allowing unconscious contents of the psyche to emerge. This means integrating the unity of the collective consciousness. It is a transformational process that can occur within the individual, as Jung calls “the individuation process.” This is the process of becoming the Self.
Ego development, on the other hand, is when we allow our dominant way of processing to become tyrannical. Our ego attaches to its way of being and builds walls between it and anything that doesn’t validate its perspective. This process of fragmentation happens both internally and externally. The ego seeks validation so that it can continue to feel strong, big, and tough — when in reality, it is weak. Ego development is often confused with Self development because it can make us feel like we’re getting better in the short term, but it ultimately keeps us stuck in the long term.
With Self development, we learn to bravely and freely navigate our psychic components. We learn to ride the wave of life, manage our projections, and ultimately develop a solid foundation for self trust and love. The consciousness of the Self becomes more expansive, which makes us stronger in the long run. By holding our grip on the ego a little lighter, we become freer and more able to handle whatever life throws with us.
Hi, I’m Meghan LeVota — here to help you integrate your mind. I’m interested in cracking the code for how individuals can transform their relationships — with themselves and others — by integrating the psyche. This means illuminating the shadow, healing limiting beliefs, and navigating the collective unconscious.
This integration process becomes more manageable when one understands how their psyche functions. That’s where personality type comes in. By growing your conscious awareness of how your mind works, you gain conscious control over life. In other words, you’re getting your Ego on board with enlightenment, rather than forever feeling internal resistance.