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collective unconscious


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DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631207535.1997.x


A term central to Jungian psychology, which refers to the continuum of age-old patterns central to human experience that are deeper than, prior to, and more fundamental than the individual personality. In the same way human beings share common instincts and common physical S tructures , they also share a common – collective – stratum of the psyche. From those “objective” inner depths, which are not always gloomy and negative as in the Freudian vision of the subconscious, there emerge certain patterns often experienced by the ego-consciousness as complexes and symptoms , as well as the S ymbols and images of dreams, fantasies, and visions. In 1919 J ung adopted the Platonic-Augustinian term archetype to account for the recurring expressions of the symbolic contents of the collective unconscious psyche. See also A rchetype ; J ung , C arl G ustav . 1969b : The Collective Works, Volume 9, Part I: The Archctypes and the Collective Unconscious . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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