Finding your true self

Alishba Imran
8 min readNov 14, 2019

Start by asking yourself these few questions:

  • Have you ever done something or reacted in a way that didn’t make sense?
  • Have you ever ever felt like there's a dark side to you?
  • Have you ever felt disconnected from your mind, body and soul?

If you’ve answered yes to any of the above questions then don’t worry— this is pretty normal. In fact, it’s something that psychology can explain.

This can be explained by Jung’s psychology.

This is the only psychology that seeks the meaning of an individual’s life in his or her relationship to the problem of the opposites — good and evil, light and dark, love and hate.

The goal is to figure out the stages of inner development and of the growth of the personality. But first who is Jung?

His full name is Carl Jung.

Carl Jung

Carl Jung founded the school of analytical psychology. He’s created a lot of psychological concepts we use today like collective unconscious and archetypes, which we’ll dive deeper into later on.

Jung believed that most of our questions, most of our sufferings, arise from the distresses of the human “soul” or psyche. His work was centred around cracking the dialogue between ego-consciousness and the psyche. This has helped us better our selves, life patterns, our dreams, and so on.

One question that I’m sure a lot of us have found ourselves pondering over is “What is the goal off life?”. This is the exact question that leads Jung to an answer which shaped his work.

The answer lies in Individuation.

Individuation is the process of coming to know and harmonizing the various components of the psyche.

Human beings are inwardly whole, but most of us have lost touch with important parts of our selves. Jung believed that by listening to the messages of our dreams and imagination, we can contact and reintegrate our different parts.

If we reflect on these things, we can tap into our true selves. This starts with the union of conscious and unconscious.

The unconscious.

Alishba Imran

Machine learning and hardware developer working on accelerating problems in robotics and renewable energy!