Psychology for Lawyers

archetypes & the collective unconscious



Jung uses the term collective unconscious "to convey the idea that the human being contains psychic materials whose reality is prior to the fact of individuality. The 'collective' refers to a level of psychic contents that is deeper than, prior to, and more fundamental than the individual personality. . . . It is collective . . . in the sense that as something generically present in man, it is collectively held by all men. . . . [The materials of the collective unconscious] are present in potentia because they are inherent in the psychic structure of the individual, from both a biological and an historical point of view, and in the course of the individual's life, depending on his experiences, some of them will be actualized and developed on the surface of consciousness."

--Ira Progoff, Jung's Psychology and Its Social Meaning 53-54 (New York: Grove Press, 1953)

"[W]e have little choice but to continue to link the merely personal with the archetypal, to find what ancient rhythms course with us . . . ."

--James Hollis, The Archetypal Imagination 100 (College Station, Texas: Texas A&M Press, 2000)

"[James] Hillman proposed a modification of the term 'archetypal,' giving priority to its adjectival aspect [in the term, archetypal psychology] rather than to use the use of 'archetype' as a noun. We should now consider the archetype as a value, an attribute, a quality of the image. To consider the notion of 'archetypal' from this perspective means to renounce any attempt at possessing a previously established list of archetypal or non-archetypal images, as well an any attempt at having an a priori and universalized meaning that already exists, such as those in a dictionary of symbols."

--Marcus Quintaes, "Hillman Re-Visioning Hillman: Polemics and Paranoia," in Stanton Marlan (ed.), Archetypal Psychologies: Reflections in Honor of James Hillman 73-94, at 81 (New Orleans, Louisiana: Spring Journal Books, 2012)


"The Concept of the Collective Unconscious," in C.G. Jung, Collected Works: The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious 42-53 (Vol. 9(1)) (2nd ed.) (Princeton University Press/Bollingen Series) (R.F.C. Hull trans.)

Christian de Quincey, Archetypes: Patterns That Play in Our Psyches and Personalities [online text]


Class Viewing 1: Jung on the Unconscious and His Fallout With Freud [4:35 mins.]

Class Viewing 2: Jung on Archetypes [2:04 mins.]

Class Viewing 3: The Unconscious: Freud vs Jung [2:42 mins.] [Sonu Shamdasani, Siri Hustvedt & Mark Solms] [2017] Full Interview [1:17:37 mins.]

Class Viewing 4: Jordan Peterson on Jungian Archetypes [4:28 mins.]

Class Viewing 5: James Hillman on Archetypes [2:59 mins.] [explaining the collective nature of archetypes; relating archetypes to symptoms]

Class Viewing 6: Introduction to Carl Jung: The Psyche, Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious [10:47 mins.] [Academy of Ideas] [presentation on the collective unconscious begins at 5:08 mins., ends at 10:07 mins.] [commentary on complexes at 3:36 mins., ends at 5:38 mins.]

Class Viewing 7: The Great Mother Archetype [5:07 mins.] [Marion Woodman, Alice Walker, and Angeles Arrien] [2010] [Marion Woodman: "You cannot see an archetype; it is an energy, a magnetic field."]

Reference (Angeles Arrien)

Archetypal Forms and Forces
[7:43 mins.]
[Thinking Aloud with Jeffrey Mislove] [Angeles Arrien, author of The Fourfold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary (New York: HarperOne, 1993)] [full interview :: 27:28 mins.]

Reference (Videos)

Carl Jung: What Are the Archetypes?
[11:48 mins.] [Academy of Ideas]

Jungian Psychology, Freud and the Collective Unconscious
[16:07 mins.] [commentary on the collective unconscious begins at 6:04 mins.] [audio with visuals] [unknown author/speaker]

Robert Frager on Spiritual Psychology
[5:21 mins.] [Frager is a teacher at the University of Philosophical Research, Los Angeles]

Peter Levine: Spirituality, Archetypes, and Trauma
[1:56:07 mins.] [2015, Austin, Texas]

Stanislav Grof on the Opening of the Collective Unconscious
[3:53 mins.]

Notes on Jung: Collective Unconscious
[14:38 mins.] [Michael Pearce] [commentary with visuals] [Pearce's work has focused on psychological types]

What Is Archetype?
[7:27 mins.] [Gary S. Bobroff, Jungian Online] [an archetype is a kind of "psychological gravity"] [audio with visuals]

The Psychology of Money
[3:25 mins.] [Aaron Kipnis] ["archetypal forces that we do not communicate with possess us"]

Our Connection To Something Bigger: The Archetypes of C.G. Jung
[1:22:08 mins.] [a lecture] [discussion of the "collective unconscious begins at 21:22 mins.]

The Collective Unconscious
[5:45 mins.] [David Mullins]

John David Ebert on Jung
[9:53 mins.] [commentary on soul as an archetype] [audio]
Pt2 [9:55 mins.]

Contributions to Archetypal Psychology
[1:36:38 mins.] [Patricia Berry] [discussing Jung and his different ways of talking about archetypes, at 2:32 mins. to 3:50 mins.]

The Archetype of the Child
[53:47 mins.] [Sharon Martin presentation, Jung Society of Atlanta]

The Great Mother Archetype
[5:07 mins.]

Archetypal Images of the King and the Warrior
[1:45:16 mins.] [Robert Moore] [audio lecture]

Archetypal Images of the Magician and the Lover
[1:44:26 mins.] [Robert Moore] [audio lecture]

Reference (Jordan Peterson)

Proof of Carl Jung's Archetype Theory
[1:48 mins.] [the "title" of the video is somewhat misleading]

Imagination and Work
[6:51 mins.]

Fundamental Archetypes of Society
[14:35 mins.]

2016 Personality Lecture 03: Mythological Elements of the Life Story
[1:05:10 mins.]

Emergence of Archetypes
[2:02 mins.]

Jordan Peterson on Archetypes, Psychedelics & Enlightenment
[55:38 mins.] [Future Thinking podcast]

"Down the rabbit hole you meet the archetypes"
[8:26 mins.]

Reference (Angeles Arrien) (Videos)

Cornerstones of Wisdom
[22:13 mins.] [TED Talk]

Initiation and Rites of Passage
[12:10 mins.]

Angeles Arrien on Transpersonal Psychology
[3:34 mins.]

In Dialogue with Michael Harner
[11:11 mins.]

Reference (Web Resources)

Collective Unconscious

Jungian Archetypes

Concept of Collective Unconscious
[Carl Jung Resources, 2013]

An Introduction to Jung's Psychology: Archetypes
[Frieda Fordham, C.G. Jung Page]

The Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator and Psychological Type
[Robert W. McPeek, Center for Applications of Psychological Type, article in
Journal of Psychological Type (2008)]

Reference (Archetypes) (Film & Literature)

What the Heck is an Archetype?
[3:21 mins.] [a screenwriting class on writing using archetypes]

Character Archetypes: Film & Literature
[5:37 mins.]

How to Analyze Archetypes in Film
[3:11 mins.]

The 8 Character Archetypes
[6:48 mins.] [Melanie Anne Phillips, Dramatica Unplugged]

Uses of Archetypal Characters
[4:59 mins.]

What Is an Archetype (in Stories|Literature)
[11:55 mins.]


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