The archetype: its nature, its meaning
Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious revisits, develops and expands upon the concept of the archetype, which occupies a central place in Jung’s thought. Archetypes are the eternal patterns of the human soul, the images and symbols that inhabit the collective unconscious and structure the flow of psychic energy. Jung explores their nature and meaning from different and complementary angles (history, case presentations, psychological theory and practice) which give unity to this collection. After defining the archetypes present in the collective unconscious, in particular the image of the mother and the idea of the anima, Jung illustrates his argument through an analysis of recurring symbols in the oeuvre of a third century alchemist and Gnostic, a radical new study of the Christian rite of mass and a discussion of archetypal representations of the tree in mythology and religion. The work concludes with a theoretical reflection on the nature of the psyche, which notably demonstrates that the conscious is not a creation ex nihilo but is rooted in the genesis of the species.
|Number of pages||706|
|Type of book||Broché|
|Dimensions||11 x 17,5|