Archetypes In Carl Jung's The Shadow

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Carl Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and founder of the school of analytical psychology. He was an early supporter of Freud because of their shared interest in the unconscious. Carl Jung 's work left a notable impact on psychology since he proposed and developed the concepts of the archetypes. The term archetype is not one of his invention, but he used it in an elaborate way in his theories of psychology and culture, giving it his own specific meaning. Archetypes are images and thoughts which have universal meanings across cultures which may show up in dreams, literature, art or religion. They represent fundamental human motifs of our experience as we evolved; consequentially, they evoke deep emotions. Jung 's main archetypes are not types in…show more content…
This is the animal side of our personality; as far as I concern, it is similar to the id in Freud since the Shadow is the source of both our creative and destructive energies. The Shadow exists as part of the unconscious mind and is composed of repressed ideas, weaknesses, desires, instincts and shortcomings. The images of the tangled vines and digital chaos represent the Shadow by describing it as the darker side of the psyche. It embodies disorder and wildness of character. The Shadow thus tends not to obey rules, and in doing so may discover new lands or plunge things into turmoil and battle. We may see the Shadow in others and, if we dare, know it in ourselves. Mostly, however, we deny it in ourselves and project it onto others. Our Shadow may appear in dreams, hallucinations and musings, often as something or someone who is malicious, heinous or despicable in some way. Encounters with it, as an aspect of the subconscious, may reveal deeper thoughts and fears. It may also take over direct physical action when the person is confused, dazed or drugged. The Persona is the outward face we present to the world. The image of the girl holding a mask represents the Persona because the Persona refers to the collection of masks which we wear. Obviously we play a different role for each situation of our life; for example, we do not portray ourselves in the same manner at work as we do with our spouse, or with our children, or at a baseball game or a club meeting or a church. The persona represents all of the different social masks that we wear among various groups and
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