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Carl Gustav Jung (1875—1961) Swiss psychologist

 

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Everything that strikes a person as being real, regardless of whether it is actually real. Psychic reality feels real to the person who experiences it and they have no sense that it might not be real. Swiss analytical psychologist Carl Jung used this term to explain the fact that two people may encounter a specific event quite differently. It also explains how one person may apprehend quite different things—poltergeists and spiders, let's say—in fundamentally the same way. In Jung's theory, psychic reality is an intermediary phase between the physical world of sense data on the one hand and the spiritual world of thought and cognition on the other hand.

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