(In Jungian psychology) the part of the unconscious mind that is derived from ancestral memory and experience and is common to all humankind, as distinct from the individual’s unconscious.
- Carl Jung wrote of the psyche as that aspect of each of us which incorporates the conscious, the unconscious and also the collective unconscious - that realm beyond our individual self, the realm of the archetypal.
- Maybe there is a Jungian association in the collective unconscious of film-makers between the image of predatory female insects and domineering mothers.
- Surrealist artists hope to bring the visions and symbols of the unconscious mind, including the collective unconscious, to light through paintings, sculpture and photography so that they might be interpreted.
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