Jung's Collective Unconscious

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Carl G. Jung was a psychiatrist and psychotherapist from Switzerland (Lightfoot, 2010). Jung has constructed and developed several concepts including extraversion and introversion, collective unconscious and archetypes (Hjelle and Ziegler, 1992). Besides, Jung has a system of personality (also known as psyche), which is analytical psychology, suggested that intrapsychic forces can motivate humans and the shared evolutionary history among people can actually derived different images (Hjelle and Ziegler, 1992). The deep-rooted spiritual concerns are involved in the inherited unconscious and this also can explain why people in the world strive for creative expression and psychic completion (Hjelle and Ziegler, 1992). In this essay, it will discuss about Jung’s collective unconscious, different evidences that support it, the theory of Archetypes and how it can affect our daily life. Jung proposed that in addition to every one of us has ego and personal unconscious, we also have a deeper structure in our psyche known as collective unconscious (Hjelle and Ziegler, 1992). The collective unconscious stores hidden but present memories of human kinds and even the ancestors of human (Hjelle and Ziegler, 1992). It also represents the thoughts and feelings about something those shared by all human beings because we are all evolved from a common past (Hjelle and Ziegler, 1992). According to Jung, collective unconscious is universal and its nature is the same within each individual (Jung, 1981). Moreover, collective unconscious cannot be developed by a single individual but it can be passed along through heredity and is born anew in every creature (Jung, 1981). The collective unconscious also contains the pre-existent forms which are th... ... middle of paper ... ... NY: Princeton. Jung, C.G. (1968). Analytical psychology: Its theory and practice. New York, NY: Pantheon. Jung, C.G. (1971). The Portable Jung. J. Campbell (Ed.). (R.F.C. Hull, Trans.) New York, NY: Penguin. Lightfoot, A. (2010). A Parallel of Words. Bloomington, In: AuthorHouse. Myths-Dreams-Symbols (2014). The Anima/Animus in Jungian Psychology. Retrieved from http://www.mydrsy.com/animaanimus.html Shayanahmed (2010). Jungian Psychology. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/shayanahmed/anima-and-animus Stevens, A. (2006). The Archetypes. In R.K. Papadopoulos (Eds.), The Handbook of Jungian Psychology: Theory, Practice and Applications. New York, NY: Routledge. Wikipedia (2014). Jungian Archetypes. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jungian_archetypes Wikipedia (2014). Shadow (psycholgy). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_(psychology)
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