in the meta-psychological system that these two men shared, theintrapersonal topographical entity coterminous with theindividual's conscious experience is the 'Ego' and experiencesthat stand outside of the scope of the explicit awareness of theindividual are understood, by deﬁnition, to be 'unconscious' onesbeyond the purview of the Ego. For Jung the Ego is, accordingly,'a conscious factor par excellence, ... never more or less thanconsciousness as a whole'.
Therefore, although for Jung the Ego always 'retains its quality ascenter of the ﬁeld of consciousness' it is 'questionable whether itis [always] the center of the personality'.
This is an especiallyimportant consideration to keep in mind with respect to the 'latephase of personal development' described by Jung, when a'perceptible change of personality' can occur in the individual as aresult of a process that he called 'individuation'. The 'profoundtransformation of personality' that is possible at this stage ofdevelopment involves a reclaiming of the neglected aspectsmentioned in the passage above.Despite the unlimited extent of its bases, the Ego is never moreand never less than consciousness as a whole. As a consciousfactor, the Ego could, theoretically at least, be describedcompletely. But this would never amount to more than a picture ofthe
; all these features which are unknownor unconscious to the subject would be missing. A total picturewould have to include these. But a total picture of the personalityis, even in theory, absolutely impossible, because theunconscious portion cannot be grasped cognitively.
(Jung, AION,page 4, paragraph 6)
It is through what Jung called the 'transcendent function' that thetransformation of the personality that we are here concerned withis affected. It entails '... a blending and fusion of the noble with thebase components, of the differentiated with the inferior functions,