Jung's collective unconscious and archetypes

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  • The collective unconscious and Jung's theory of archetypes
    • The collective unconscious
      • Concept was thought of after he worked with schizophrenic patients
        • Rejected Freud's view that neuroses were caused by repressed sexuality
      • Even if religion were a neurosis, it could not be traced back to sexual trauma.
      • Argued the libido was something more complicated than a sexual drive.
      • Collective unconscious is the oldest part of the mind; contains blueprints for a whole range of ideas
      • Collective unconscious contains knowledge that is already within humans; they do not need to learn it
      • Each one of us is born with the likeliness to conceive similar kinds of imagery with certain ideas. Jung sees God as one of these
    • Archetypes
      • The persona
        • How we present ourselves to the world
        • Persona derived from Latin word which literally means 'mask'
        • Different masks for different groups of society
        • Shields the ego from negative images
      • The anima or animus
        • Anima- Male psyche. Animus- Female psyche.
        • Represents our true self rather than image conveyed to others
        • Primary source of communication with the collective unconscious
        • Represents wholeness and completion


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