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16 Jung: Archetypes & Collective Unconscious


A key element of Jungian analysis is to treat psychological content and conflict in terms of 'archetypes' - unconscious dispositions to form certain types of 'affect charged' ideas & images. Much of Jung's writings contain examinations of key figures and motifs from mythology, folklore, and alchemy. For Jung, these motifs were examples of universal archetypes produced from the collective unconscious - that aspect of the unconscious that is not personal but transpersonal.