# How can the Higgs Boson have a mass? [duplicate]

If the Higgs Boson is supposed to be the particle responsible for other particles having mass. How can it itself have a mass?

Is it not then a 'who came first, the chicken or the egg' situation?

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## marked as duplicate by Danu, John Rennie, Ross Millikan, Alfred Centauri, BMSJul 6 '14 at 16:51

Possible duplicates: physics.stackexchange.com/q/30732/2451 and links therein. –  Qmechanic Jul 6 '14 at 15:41

Said this, the Higgs boson has a finite mass because its quartic selfcoupling $\lambda$, in the SM, is not vanishing, $V=\lambda(|H|^2-\frac{v^2}{2})^2$, which implies $m_h^2=2\lambda v^2$.