In the 1993 film, Groundhog Day by writer Danny Rubin and director Harold Ramis, Bill Murray plays the role of a television weatherman, Phil Connors who gets stuck in a small town due to strange circumstances, a situation which ultimately leads to his individuation and personal transformation.
The underlying theme of individuation is incredibly strong throughout the film, but is dealt with in such a light-hearted manner that elements of it could easily be missed. To illustrate how the individuation process might look like for an individual, on a practical level, let’s revisit some segments from this film.
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…. “The Self” is our authentic self, hidden under the layers and layers of elements making up our personality, built up from childhood through culture, socialisation, belief systems and so on. The ego self is that layered persona which we use as a reflection to the world of who we are, in order to get ahead in life, but also to use as a defence mechanism in order not to show our real self. Many people confuse their ego-self with their real self and think that they are only their egos, due to having suppressed their real selves all their lives. It is important for all humans to have a well developed and healthy ego in order to function normally, but the ego-persona should be secondary to the authentic self. Ideally one would predominantly live from the real self as this would naturally lead to balance and contentment within which would produce authentic happiness. ….
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