collective unconscious


Definition of collective unconscious

: the inherited part of the unconscious that especially in the psychoanalytic theory of Carl Gustav Jung occurs in and is shared by all the members of a people or race

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Recent Examples on the Web Yet each is engaging and most have a political dimension worthy of consideration, reminding us that artists often voice a nation’s or an era’s collective unconscious. Tom Teicholz, Forbes, 23 June 2021 So now other parts of the brain that are more aligned with the collective unconscious, maybe spirituality, those parts are coming forward. Hannah Chubb,, 12 July 2021 The were already seared into the Spurs’ collective unconscious. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2021 Mythology opens the way to the Jungian theory of libido, to the theory of the collective unconscious, to the theory of psychic energy. Anna Zanardi Cappon, Forbes, 12 Mar. 2021 Sarah unravels — though the Jungian concept of the collective unconscious does turn out to be an essential element. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2021 It is implanted deep in the Indiana collective unconscious. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Mar. 2021 But the fascination that has greeted the monolith these past few weeks feels significant, the sign of a jolt to the collective unconscious. New York Times, 28 Dec. 2020 The record kept coming back, each holiday season, year after year, insinuating itself onto radio playlists, drifting down department store aisles, lodging in the world’s collective unconscious like no Christmas song in at least half a century. Jody Rosen, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of collective unconscious

1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for collective unconscious

translation of German kollektives Unbewusstes

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“Collective unconscious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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Medical Definition of collective unconscious

: the genetically determined part of the unconscious that especially in the psychoanalytic theory of C. G. Jung occurs in all the members of a people or race

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