collective unconscious

Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

In analytical psychology, a part of the unconscious (2) additional to the personal unconscious, containing memories, instincts, and experiences that are shared by all people. According to Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961), these mental elements are inherited and often organized into archetypes (2), and they become manifest in dreams and in fairy tales, myths, religions, and other cultural phenomena. Also called the objective psyche, racial memory, or racial unconscious. See also anima, animus (3), archetypal form, innate idea, psychoid.

Subjects: Arts and Humanities — Psychology.

Reference entries

See all related reference entries in Oxford Index »