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collective unconscious

(superpersonal unconscious, super-personal unconscious, objective psyche)

The deepest layer of the unconscious, which is ordinarily inaccessible to awareness. Its nature is suprapersonal, universal and non-individual. Its manifestations are experienced as alien to the ego, numinous or divine. The contents of the collective unconscious are the archetypes and their specific symbolic representations, i.e., archetypal images.

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