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A Collection Of Ideas About the Collective Unconscious The collective unconscious can be termed a psychic inheritance It is a knowledge that we are all born with It has to deal with certain symbols and their representation and interpretation Sometimes part of the collective unconscious may surface and become recognizable Love at first sight dj vu and religion are all related to the collective unconscious People cannot go directly into their minds and take a look at the collective unconscious It is there but we can only sense it at certain times such as those aforementioned An example of the collective unconscious crossing cultural boundaries is the parallelism of the myths of different cultures One example is the explanation of thunder to a child All cultures have a simple non frightening method to do this We might use the fact that the Angels are bowling Someone in Norway might say that it is Thor In ancient Greece it might have been Zeus Still all cultures have a way to explain thunder A more biological example is the way a near death experience is reported They usually talk about floating above their body being filled with a sense of happiness and seeing everything clearly Also there is a bright light and a tunnel Going back into the realm of the living is bad because there is pain and suffering According to Jung this is part of the collective unconscious Along with the collective unconscious there are Archetypes These are defined as an unlearned tendency to experience things in a certain way We cannot see Archetypes we only know of their existence though theory and the way that they affect us and our collective understanding One Archetype and the most recognizable and understandable is the mother The mother Archetype is the ability to recognize the relationship of the mother To seek out accept and deal with this relationship This is symbolized with Eve
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