Vera Nova Posted about 2 years ago What is the Collective Unconscious exactly? Jung was fantastically intuitive, however was very confused in categorizing his experience and ideas. I would not bother to interpret his labeling… He was absolutely outstanding in describing his intuitive mind and the facts when he was true to his own experience. I trust that whatever we imagine as "collective" we believe that it is floating somewhere outside our personal minds... These presumable states are simply presumable ideas and can exist only as ideas in each of our mind - they do not really exist "out there" on their own. Symbols as we interpret them cannot exist anywhere but in our imagination. We use symbols, language, special terminology, numbers, for sharing our personal imagination and experience with others by abstracting that personal experience. Categories, symbols, languages or numbers is not real experience. When we manufacture shoes almost none of them can perfectly feet a real person. So are our categorizations and ideas. They must be interpreted and adjusted to one's reality, or they mean nothing. Jung, when he writes honestly about his very personal self he is a genius psychologist.