Jung: Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious

October 17, 2012 by: Jorge Eloi

Collective unconscious is a curious concept created by Jung, considered the deepest unconscious. An unconscious shared by all, where archetypes are contained experiences.

According to Carl Jung, a disciple of Freud, the unconscious of the human being consists of the personal unconscious, introduced by Freud and the deepest level of the collective unconscious. This is shared by all human beings, unlike the personal unconscious, which is unique to each person. Therefore, this "layer" of the unconscious all human beings are equal.

The Collective Unconscious unlike the personal unconscious, is not derived from personal experience or the idiosyncrasies of each. Thus, every human being sharing a part of the unconscious with all the rest. Moreover, we can not speak of sharing since there is an owner.

There are two different interpretations of the collective unconscious. Defines a collective unconscious as something internal and common to all human beings, as a hereditary structure. Another defines collective unconscious as something external that humans do not have it, just have access.

The personal and collective unconscious are complementary structures, and according to Jung also manifest in dreams. For while some dreams are directly related to the life of the individual, others seem a set of images without apparent meaning, which are not assignable to life of the individual.

According to Jung, the collective unconscious is hereditary, it is a database that holds all the information of our human ancestors, pre-humans and even animals. Jung said that archetypes are contained therein.

Archetypes are inherited tendencies are innate and beyond the concept of individual life as they exist prior to the individual and will continue to exist after the guy. Archetypes can be considered pure ideas or models, responsible for behaving similarly to similar situations before our ancestors way. At events such as birth, death, marriage, adolescence, reaction to external danger. There are as many archetypes as many typical situations of life.

The contents of the collective unconscious, ie the archetypes, activate preformed standards of personal behavior. In other words, in certain situations or against certain object or behavior, we will behave and feel, equal to all human beings.

The concept / image of father and mother, according to Jung are in our collective unconscious, are responsible for the almost universal way to intensify with them. We must not confuse the concepts constructed socially and culturally and archetypes, as they go beyond culture and society.

The collective unconscious is not something static, but is dynamic experience where everyone can contribute to its structure. It is assumed that most people begin to think and behave differently that would change the collective unconscious. Who ever heard of a good deed is inspiring and contagious? Can be inspiring and contagious to a conscious level, but also at an unconscious level, changing the collective unconscious. Theoretically, with this concept of collective unconscious, a set of good deeds, could change attitudes to persons not directly contactassem with such action, as if it were able to change some of the structure of the collective unconscious, this would be shared by all.

The idea of ​​the collective unconscious is far from being accepted by all researchers, but in doubt, why not do good deeds?

And you, what do you think of the idea of the collective unconscious?

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Jorge Eloi

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Resident in the district of Leiria. Founder and Creator of Free Space Psychology. BA in Psychology, MS in Educational Psychology, Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified International Coach, Trainer. Programming knowledge and Webdesigner. Experience in the Field of Marketing and Sales. Loves jogging, football, chess, learning and good conversation. Curious, creative and enterprising!


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