The Archetypes, the Collective Unconscious and Symbols of Transformation   [Archived Catalog]
2021-2022 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

PSY 8802 - The Archetypes, the Collective Unconscious and Symbols of Transformation

Part I of volume 9i of the Collected Works of C.G. Jung, The Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious, consists of essays written from 1933 forward describing and elaborating the theoretical basis for the concepts of archetypes and the collective unconscious. Specific attention is given to the mother and child archetypes to ground these concepts and ideas. Specific archetypes are discussed in relation to the construct and process of individuation. The second half to the course will focus on volume 5 of the Collected Works, Symbols of Transformation. In 1912 at the age of thirty-Seven, Jung published the original version of this work, which marked his divergence from the psychoanalytic school of Freud. Entitled Wandlungen und Symbole der Libido (Transformation and Symbols of the Libido), it was translated into English in 1916 as Psychology of the Unconscious and soon became Jung's most widely known and influential work. For Jung, it was "an extended commentary on a practical analysis of the prodromal stages of schizophrenia"; furthermore, it is a complex study of symbolic parallels, drawn from religion, mythology, ethnology, art, literature, and psychiatry. In Jung's view, libido is not primarily sexual but is identified with psychic energy as a whole, originating in the unconscious and appearing in consciousness as symbols. In 1952 the fourth edition was rewritten and published. The symbolic parallels were even further enriched by Jung's knowledge and insights. 3 credit(s)