Archetypes and the collective unconscious

Jung's research into schizophrenia led him to conclude that there was a myth-making substratum of mind common to all men: a 'collective unconscious' which lay beneath the merely personal, and which was responsible for the spontaneous production of myths, visions, religious ideas, and certain types of dream which were common to various cultures and different periods of history. Jung was widely read in history and comparative religion. He referred to the images of the collective unconscious as 'archetypes'.

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