Mr. Eric Cunningham
AP English Language and Composition
Feb. 23rd, 2018
Termed by Carl Jung, collective unconscious offers a respectable insight into the field of analytical psychology. Describing the concept as “a psychic activity which goes on independently of the conscious mind”, Jung clearly differentiates this term from personal unconscious and states that collective unconscious, as suggested by its name, refers to the part of a person’s unconscious that is shared by all people, ignoring the uniqueness of each person (Jung). Born with a set of beliefs that were inherited from our previous generations, we do not form the thoughts as a result of our current life experiences, but is rather already present from the start (Jung). Although not available to us directly, collective unconscious, he argued, is encountered by us in our unconscious states, such as in dreams, religious beliefs, and myths.