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Archetypes - Psychology Definition of the Week

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Definition: Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung believed that archetypes are models of people, behaviors or personalities. Jung suggested that the psyche was composed of three components: the ego, the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious. The collective unconscious, Jung believed, was where these archetypes exist. Jung suggested that these models are innate, universal and hereditary. Archetypes are unlearned and act to organize how we experience certain things.

Jung identified four major archetypes, but also believed that there was no limit to the number of archetypes that may exist. Learn more about archetypes...

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March 24, 2010 at 1:49 am
(1)jaganiprabusays:

your guidance is very nice . i wan to know that shall i do this course through net itself in free education cos in so interested in studying psycology..

March 25, 2010 at 2:10 am
(2)ashoksays:

dear kendra

the idea of collective unconscious, archetypes, etc?are, atleast for methodological (sciebtific) reasons alone, are unwelcome to the idea of ?behavior? mooted by john watson. you can see the contrdiction clearly between the tabularasa of strict empiricism, and the idea of conscious or unconscious?
of course not withstanding the defenite correspondance between Jung and Fredud theories in a more absract and ecclesiastic models..
would you share some light on this

July 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm
(3)Henrysays:

# 1 What course. # 2 Be serious and not just gibberish. Important to realize that Jung called his psychology Analytical psychology as opposed to Freud?s psychoanalysis. Working out of Jung, writers such as Ira Progoff, David Miller, and James Hillman actually coined the word Archetypal psychology. Many of these ideas are found in Greek thinking and in the Romantic movement. I think. Apologies all around.

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