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Collective Unconscious

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Updated April 17, 2014

Definition:

The collective unconscious, originally defined by Carl Jung, refers to a segment of the deepest unconscious mind. As opposed to the personal unconscious, which is composed of long-forgotten memories and experiences, the collective unconscious consists of archetypes that represent an inherited set of beliefs and understandings. These archetypes exist to varying degrees in all humans. Many believe that over time, the collective unconscious evolves and changes to incorporate new information that is globally recognized and accepted.

Examples:
Deep-seated beliefs regarding spirituality and religion may be partially due to the collective unconscious.
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