A DISCUSSION AS TO HOW CARL JUNG CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THERE EXISTED A COLLECTIVE

UNCONSCIOUS, AS WELL AS HIS INFLUENCES

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Sigmund Freud was Carl Jung’s greatest influence. Although he came to part
company with Freud in later years, Freud had a distinct and profound influence on Carl

Jung. Carl Jung is said to have been a magnetic individual who drew many others into his
circle. Within the scope of analytic psychology, there exists two essential tenets. The first
is that the system in which sensations and feelings are analyzed are listed by type. The
second has to do with a way to analyze the psyche that follows Jung’s concepts. It stresses
a group unconscious and a mystical factor in the growth of the personal unconscious. It is
unlike the sytem of Sigmund Freud. Analytic psychology does not stress the importance of
sexual factors on early mental growth. In my view, the best understanding of Carl Jung
and his views regarding the collective unconscious are best understood in understanding
the man and his influences. In keeping with the scope and related concepts of Carl Jung,
unconscious is the sum total of those psychic activities that elude an individual’s direct
knowledge of himself or herself. This term should not be confused either with a state of
awareness, that is, a lack of self knowledge arising from an individual’s unwillingness to
look into himself or herself (introspection), nor with the subconscious, which consists of
marginal representations that can be rather easily brought to consciousness. Properly,
unconscious processes cannot be made conscious at will; their unraveling requires the use
of specific techniques, such as free association, dream interpretation, various projective
tests, and hypnosis. For many centuries, students of human nature considered the idea of
an unconscious mind as self contradictory. However, it was noticed by philosophers such
as St. Augustine, and others, as well as early *PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH 1998

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experimental psychologists, including Gustav Sechner, and Hermann Von Helmholtz, that
certain psychological operations could take place without the knowledge of the subject.

Jean Sharcot demonstrated that the symptoms of post-traumatic neuroses did not result
from lesions of the nervous tissue but from unconscious representations of the trauma.

Pierre Janet extended this concept of “unconscious fixed ideas” to hysteria, wherein
traumatic representations, though split off from the conscious mind, exert an action upon
the conscious mind in the form of hysterical symptoms. Janet was an important influence
on Carl Jung, and he reported that the cure of several hysterical patients, using hypnosis to
discover the initial trauma and then having it reenacted by the patient, was successful.

Josef Breuer also treated a hysterical patient by inducing the hypnotic state and then
elucidating for her the circumstances which had accompanied the origin of her troubles.

As the traumatic experiences were revealed, the symptoms disappeared. Freud substituted
the specific techniques of free association and dream interpretation for hypnosis. He
stated that the content of the unconscious has not just been “split off,” but has been
“repressed,” that is forcibly expelled from consciousness. Neurotic symptoms express a
conflict between the repressing forces and the repressed material, and this conflict causes
the “resistance” met by the analyst when trying to uncover the repressed material. Aside
from occasional psychic traumas, the whole period of early childhood, including the
oedipus situation or the unconscious desire for the parent of the opposite sex and hatred
for the parent of the same sex, has been repressed. In a normal individual, unknown to
himself or herself, these early childhood situations influence the individual’s thoughts,
feelings, and acts; in the neurotic they determine a
wide gamet of symptoms which psychoanalysis endeavors to trace back to their
unconscious sources. During psychoanalytic treatment, the patient’s irrational attitudes
toward the analyst, referred to as the “transference,” manifests a revival of old forgotten
attitudes towards parents. The task of the psychoanalyst, together with the patient, is to
analyze his resistance and transference, and to bring unconscious motivations to the
patient’s full awareness. Carl Jung considered the unconscious as an autonomous part of
the psyche, endowed with its own dynamism and complementary to the conscious mind.

He distinguished the personal from the collective unconscious; the later he considered to
be the seat of “archetypes” - - universal symbols loaded with psychic energy. As new
approaches to the unconscious came about, Jung introduced the word association test,
that is, spontaneous drawing, and his own technique of dream interpretation. His
therapeutic method aimed at the unification of the conscious and the unconscious through
which he believed man achieved his “individuation,” the completion of his personality.

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