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

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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Note that the term "collective" can have a different scope, depending on which layer of the collective unconscious is meant.
Martin Luther King's dream was about two different races, with their own personal, cultural, and collective experiences, operating from the layers of the collective unconscious, in an attempt to bring about changes, with each group having their collective complexes.
Given that my scientific background is limited to a course in zoology, I propose that the dreams were a manifestation of an ancestral memory erg grounded in science and evolved to spirit, in the form of the collective unconscious, a cosmological "One Mind." Further, might the collective unconscious be present in all states of consciousness: waking, dreaming, and post-existence?
--(1968), "The Concept of the Collective Unconscious," "Conscious, Unconscious and Individuation," "The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious," "Psychological Aspects of the Mother Archetype," The Collected Works.
The collective unconscious includes not only individual and personal memories, but the mankind's total ancient past, old experiences on life, on the world, namely in the form of images.
Football then, is part of the shared race memory, embedded in the collective unconscious, a metaphysical ritual, a devotion, and that often misquoted line about Shankly saying football is much more important than a simple matter of life and death is truer than we think: he was citing a scripture.
the pull of the sublime, the collective unconscious, creator
It is a world shrouded in myth and fantasy that touches upon the psyche and collective unconscious of humanity.
After bank bailouts, Bernard Madoff-type financial scandals, and a housing bubble that left Americans high and dry, it is as if the collective unconscious is recasting life on yachts and perfectly manicured golf courses as distasteful, and thrifty, often rural simplicity as a virtuously cleansing relief.
One can go a long way with Jung in his argument for the existence of this collective unconscious, but in some of his writings he seems to be suggesting clearly that communication of information is somehow possible between individuals via this vast reservoir.
From a critical standpoint, the text establishes the priority of archetypal interest over mythological criticism and directly sets out to test the veracity of Jung's claim that there is a transhistorical collective unconscious that can be charted throughout the literature of various cultures.