collective unconscious

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unconscious

 [un-kon´shus]
1. insensible; incapable of responding to sensory stimuli and of having subjective experiences.
2. the part of the mind that is not readily accessible to conscious awareness by ordinary means but whose existence may be manifested in symptom formation, in dreams, or under the influence of drugs; it is one of the systems of Freud's topographic model of the mind.
collective unconscious in jungian psychology, the portion of the unconscious that is theoretically common to mankind.

col·lec·tive un·con·scious

in jungian psychology, the combined memory potentials inherited from a person's phylogenetic past, the deeper layer of the unconscious, wherein reside archetypes. See: archetype (2).
See also: personal unconscious.

collective unconscious

n.
In Jungian psychology, a part of the unconscious mind, shared by a society, a people, or all humankind, that is the product of ancestral experience.

collective unconscious

Etymology: L, colligere, to gather; AS, un, not; L, conscious, aware
(in analytic psychology) that portion of the unconscious common to all humans. Also called racial unconscious. See also analytic psychology.

collective unconscious

Psychiatry
A concept posited by Carl Gustav Jung regarding an inborn, symbol-rich psychological foundation common to humanity, which differs slightly according to the culture; he postulated that the collective unconsciousness reflected a group mindset, which would allow for telepathy.

col·lec·tive un·con·scious

(kŏ-lek'tiv ŭn-kon'shŭs)
psychology The combined engrams or memory potentials inherited from a person's phylogenetic past in C.G. Jung's theory.

collective unconscious

An entity, deemed to be a kind of storehouse of ancestral memory, proposed by the Swiss psychiatrist and philosopher Karl Gustav Jung (1875–1961) to explain similarities in symbolism among disparate peoples.
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