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Mandy Kloppers

Collective Unconsciousness



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British Dictionary definitions forcollective unconscious

Collective Unconsciousness



(psychol(in Jungian psychological theory) apart of the unconscious mind incorporating patterns of memories, instincts, and experiences common to all man kind. These patterns are inherited, may be arranged into archetypes, and are observable through their effects on dreams,behaviour, etc


Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung postulated that archetypes are models of people, behaviours or personalities exist. Jung suggested that the psyche was composed of three components: the ego, the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious.

According to Jung, the ego represents the conscious mind while the personal unconscious contains memories, including those that have been suppressed. The collective unconscious is a unique component in that Jung believed that this part of the psyche served as a form of psychological inheritance. It contains all of the knowledge and experiences we share as a species.

What exactly is our unconscious mind? It is often likened to the hidden part of an iceberg. When you look at an iceberg, all you see is the tip pointing out of the water (this represents the conscious mind) whilst underneath is the much larger hidden part of the iceberg – much like the unconscious mind. Hidden but very influential in how we act, our attitudes etc

Freud believed that many of our feelings, desires, and emotions are repressed or held out of awareness, in our unconscious. . Why? Because, he suggested, they were simply too threatening.

Freud also believed that he could bring these unconscious feelings into awareness through the use of a technique called free association. He asked patients to relax and say whatever came to mind without any consideration of how trivial, irrelevant, or embarrassing it might be. By tracing these streams of thought, Freud believed he could uncover the contents of the unconscious mind where repressed desires and painful childhood memories existed.

Carl Jung founded the field of analytical psychology and, along with Sigmund Freud, was responsible for popularizing the idea that a person’s interior life merited not just attention but dedicated exploration — a notion that has since propelled tens of millions of people into psychotherapy. Freud, who started as Jung’s mentor and later became his rival, generally viewed the unconscious mind as a warehouse for repressed desires, which could then be codified and pathologized and treated. Jung, over time, came to see the psyche as an inherently more spiritual and fluid place, an ocean that could be fished for enlightenment and healing.

Jungian analysis revolves largely around writing down your dreams (or drawing them) and bringing them to the analyst — someone who is patently good with both symbols and people — to be scoured for personal and archetypal meaning. 

Analysis is considered to be a form of psychotherapy, and many analysts are in fact trained also as psychotherapists, but in its purist form, a Jungian analyst eschews clinical talk of diagnoses and recovery in favor of broader (and some might say fuzzier) goals of self-discovery and wholeness — a maturation process Jung himself referred to as “individuation.” Perhaps as a result, Jungian analysis has a distinct appeal to people in midlife.

The purpose of analysis is not treatment, the purpose of analysis is to give life back to someone who’s lost it.

Mandy X