Carl Jung's Theories on Archetypes and Symbolism Essay by MJ

Carl Jung's Theories on Archetypes and Symbolism
Jung's collaborative work, "Man and his Symbols" is used, along with other works, to discuss Jung's theories on archetypes and symbolism.
# 1014 | 2,160 words | 5 sources | 1999 | US

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"Jung's collaborative work, "Man and his Symbols", examines man's relationship to his own unconscious and the symbols found within. Jung believes that our unconscious communicates with us through dreams; dreams that are as individualized as we are. Thus the interpretation of dreams, is entirely personal and individual. Throughout this book, dreams are treated as direct, personal, and meaningful communications that while interpreted personally by the individual, they are also expressed through a symbolism that is common to all mankind. Jung concluded that the forms which the archetypal experience takes in each individual may be infinite in their variations, but like alchemical symbols, religious symbols, literature and art motifs, and mythical symbols, they are all variants of certain central types and they occur universally in basic motifs and themes that are only seen differently because each group, society, or culture has its own particular symbols of expression, as does each individual. "

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