(in Jungian psychology) inborn unconscious psychic material common to humankind, accumulated by the experience of all preceding generations.
- Compare archetype (def. 2).
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How to use collective unconscious in a sentence
“I try to tune in to a collective unconscious, as close as I can get at it,” he said.
In a collective unconscious sort of way, popular culture has a spiritual element to it.
Jung argued that horror touches on primordial images in the collective unconscious.
So this is the story that has emerged from our collective unconscious?Makers | Cory Doctorow
This fear is a demoniac fear of the dominants of the collective unconscious.Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology | C. G. Jung
British Dictionary definitions for collective unconscious
psychol (in Jungian psychological theory) a part of the unconscious mind incorporating patterns of memories, instincts, and experiences common to all mankind. These patterns are inherited, may be arranged into archetypes, and are observable through their effects on dreams, behaviour, etc
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Cultural definitions for collective unconscious
Memories of mental patterns that are shared by members of a single culture or, more broadly, by all human beings; originally proposed by the psychologist Carl Jung to explain psychological traits shared by all people. He theorized that the collective unconscious appears as archetypes: patterns and symbols (see also symbol) that occur in dreams, mythology, and fairy tales.
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