Category Archives: Collected Works Volume 10 – Civilization in Transition

The Metaphor of the Magnetic North Pole and the Unconscious

    Correcting the Guiding Function of the Unconscious   Thus the unconscious has a symbol-creating function only when we are willing to recognize in it a symbolic element. The products of the unconscious are pure nature. Naturam si sequemur ducem, nunquam aberrabimus, said the ancients. But nature is not, in herself, a guide, for… Click to continue

Archetypes as Systems of Readiness for Action

    Archetypes, Emotions, and Primordial Images   Archetypes are systems of readiness for action, and at the same time images and emotions. They are inherited with the brain structure-indeed they are its psychic aspect. They represent, on the one hand, a very strong instinctive conservatism, while on the other hand they are the most… Click to continue

Carl Jung, on art and the collective unconscious

  Carl Jung, on Art and the Collective Unconscious   The rapid and worldwide growth of a psychological interest over the last two decades shows unmistakably that modern man is turning his attention from outward material things to his own inner processes. Expressionism in art prophetically anticipated this subjective development, for all art intuitively apprehends… Click to continue