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Roesler, C. (2008). The Self in Cyberspace: Identity Formation in Postmodern Societies and Jung's Self as an Objective Psyche. J. Anal. Psychol., 53(3):421-436.

(2008). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 53(3):421-436

The Self in Cyberspace: Identity Formation in Postmodern Societies and Jung's Self as an Objective Psyche

Christian Roesler, DPhil, DipPsych

Jung's concept of the Self is compared with current theories of identity formation in post-modern society concerning the question: is the self constituted through experience and cultural influences—as it is argued by current theories in the social sciences—or is it already preformed inside the person, as Jung argues? The impact of communication media on the formation of identity in today's societies is discussed with a focus on internet communication and virtual realities. The resulting types of identities are conceptualized as polycentric which has surprising parallels to Jung's idea of the Self. The epistemology of constructivism and parallels in Jung's thought are demonstrated. Jung's work in this respect often appears contradictory in itself but this can be dealt with by a postmodern approach which accepts a plurality of truths.

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