Collective Unconscious" The issue of the collective and personal unconscious has been under discussion since the inception of this idea. There are many philosophers who have condemned this theory and claim that collective unconscious comes under the same sunshade of personal unconscious. Additionally personal unconscious fulfils all the dimensions of the unconscious mind of a human being as retrieval of old memories is the main objective and initiative. This paper examines Carl Jung’s theory about personal and collective unconscious. It unfolds the central theme and idea presented by the paradoxical thinker along with the critique of psychoanalysts. The purpose of this study is to exemplify the collective and personal unconscious of human beings and make concise that whether collective unconscious prevails around the human race or not. Critical evaluation and conclusion are also added to elucidate the perception of this theory evidently.
According to Jung (1966, p.12), personal unconscious are those forgotten memories which deal exclusively with the life of human beings. All the previous reminiscences occurred during an individual’s life comes under the category of the personal unconscious. This develops the idea that all those incidents which happened during one’s personal life and whom which a person has almost forgotten are his personal unconscious. A glimpse of those memories may remind the individual about past experiences. These memories lie within the human brain but can only surface if something from that memory is revealed to the individual. These memoirs only deal with a single individual and do not have anything to do with the masses.
The memories which lie within an individual but are repressed or forgotten by him are his personal unconscious. The vast majority of the audience and individuals are not involved in sharing those memories. According to Jung "most of earlier impressions in life are soon forgotten and go to form the infantile layer of what I have called the personal unconscious" (Jung, 1966, p.29). .