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  • He noticed that the images and structures of this collective unconscious manifest themselves through what he called “archetypes,” and he regarded them as somehow similar to Bastian's Elementargedanken or Burckhardt's

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas


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  • Discussed in Howard Rheingold's They Have a Word for It (1988), where it is defined as "elementary thoughts of humankind," such as fairy tales and folk wisdom; anything that deals with the primordial themes of life and the collective unconscious.

    October 11, 2011