Collective Unconscious (108 words)

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The collective unconscious is a concept developed by Carl Jung in 1936 and constitutes a difference between Jungian and Freudian psychoanalysis, the latter denying its existence. Jungians hold that beneath the individual unconscious, which stores repressed personal memories and desires, lies a collective unconscious which contains collective memories from the history of mankind and recurrent life-experiences such as birth, death, the mother, the father. These recurrent collective experiences are referred to in primordial archetypal images — the earth mother, the wise father, the devouring …

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Editors. "Collective Unconscious". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 May 2006
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