- Analytical psychology term.
- Term introduced by Carl Jung (1875-1961) for possible inborn racial memory.
- He believed this to be the possible primitive source of the symbols (archetypes or universal) found in poetry, dreams & legends.
“My thesis then, is as follows: in addition to our immediate consciousness, which is of a thoroughly personal nature and which we believe to be the only empirical psyche (even if we tack on the personal unconscious as an appendix), there exists a second psychic system of a collective, universal, and impersonal nature which is identical in all individuals. This collective unconscious does not develop individually but is inherited. It consists of pre-existent forms, the archetypes, which can only become conscious secondarily and which give definite form to certain psychic contents.” [From Book - Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious]
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