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The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious

“We explain in the same way the reappearance of complicated instinctive actions in animals that have never set sight on their parents and therefore could not possibly have been ‘taught’ by them.

Nowadays we have to start with the hypothesis that, so far as predisposition is concerned, there is no difference between man and all other creatures.  Like every animal, he possesses a preformed psyche which breeds true to his species and which, on closer examination, reveals distinct features traceable to family antecedents. …

These images are primordial images in so far as they are peculiar to the whole species, and if they ever ‘originated’ their origin must have coincided with at least the beginning of the species.  They are the ‘human quality’ of the human being, the specifically human form his activities take.  This specific form is hereditary and is already present in the germ-plasm”

Carl Jung 1959


October 20, 2009 - Posted by | Psychology

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