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In analytical psychology, a type of involuntary mystical or religious experience described by Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961) in 1937 as ‘a dynamic agency or effect not caused by an arbitrary act of will. On the contrary, it seizes and controls the human subject, who is always rather its victim than its creator. The numinosum—whatever its cause may be—is an experience of the subject independent of his will’ (Collected Works, 11, paragraph 6). [From Latin numen divine will or a nod (indicating a command), from nuere to nod + -osus having or characterized by]

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