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Collective Unconscious

According to the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, the collective unconscious (also known as the collective subconscious) is a part of the unconscious mind common to all humans, a “reservoir of the experiences of our species.” The collective unconscious is characterized by archetypes, original models of people, objects, or concepts.

Example: A popular archetype which appears independently in the stories of many different cultures is that of the wicked fairy-tale stepmother.

This website provides a fabulous diagram of Jung’s theory along with a detailed description:

Collective Unconscious
APA Reference
Fournier, G. (2018). Collective Unconscious. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 8, 2020, from