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What is the Collective Unconscious exactly?

I read about 3/4's of Jungs collective works on this subject. I had to put it down. I was left baffled. While reading the book I got the impression the Collective Unconscious was some sort of reservoir of ancient myths and memories we all carry in our deep subconscious, which historically repeat themselves, in the forms of stories, and people. I understand the bare bones interpretation and applicable theory: that all our psyches are molded from a sort of blueprint, a psychological structure if you will, which everyone is born with. This blueprint being separate from our personal psyches which develop with experience, but just as pervasive in our everyday experience. Am I getting close to the mark here?

I would also like to discuss Jung's beliefs and interpretations, as well as anyone elses.

- Individuation.
- Archetypes.
- Synchronicity.
- The unconscious. Is it something we all have in common or something we all share? As in one collective unconscious, as opposed to many of the same unconsciouses.


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  • Jul 17 2013: All of this has been very informative. I think the "collective" is definitely real, and that it does represent a part of our minds that is completely separate and hidden from normal unconscious activity. So I feel confident that it is real and its effects can be felt. Whether or not it is something genetic or biological, or something outside of science*, I am still unsure. No one can convince me either way. I am going to have to reread Jung's works carefully sometime. I am not really a spiritual person... but I like the idea; kind of like telepathic twins. There is actually evidence for that. That kind of stuff is cool.

    *outside of current science

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