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Is it possible that Jung's concept of the Collective Unconscious is genetic-based? In what ways?


The concept of the Collective Unconscious implies that certain symbols, metaphors, archetypes, and the like have universal meanings across all cultures regardless of an individual's experiences in life. Instincts have been explained as possibly having a genetic basis from generations of the same experiences being encoded into DNA to pass reactions onto offspring independent of personal experiences. Can a similar process exist to explain the Collective Unconscious?

 

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