Jung’s collective unconscious and mythology.

Do myths reflect the collective unconscious?


To make the point clearer...

...let’s take a closer look at the hero archetype!

What is the hero archetype ?

Good Question.

“The [hero is] the mana personality. He represents the ego, and is often engaged in fighting the shadow, in the form of dragons and other monsters.”
-Dr. C. George Boeree,
Shippensburg University Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

Let’s take the examples of

Spiderman and Hercules.

First appeared as a comic character in 1962. First cartoon in 1967. Blockbuster film released in 2002.


• Protects • Saves • Fights evil, both
in the form of physical

• ...and evils in his own

Hero from ancient Greek mythology

• Saves • Protects • Fights evil,
mostly dangerous, malevolent monsters

Well hey!

They both match Jung’s Hero archetype characteristics pretty well, don’t they?

This suggests that...


archetypes expressed in modern popular
storytelling are very similar.

ancient mythology and

archetypes are part of mythology, which is in turn a
If reflection of the is present in all

collective unconscious...

Does this mean that the collective unconscious

storytelling, from ancient mythology to the modern


Seems so.

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