Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and founder of the school of analytical psychology. Jung believed that symbol creation was a key in understanding human nature. Symbol, as defined by Jung, is the best possible expression for something essentially unknown.
He wanted to investigate the similarity of symbols that are located in different religious, mythological, and magical systems which occur in many cultures and time periods.
To account for these similar symbols occurring across different cultures and time periods he suggested the existence of two layers of the unconscious psyche. The first of the two layers was the personal unconscious. It contains what the individual has acquired in his or her life, but has been forgotten or repressed. The second layer is the collective unconscious which contains the memory traces common to all humankind. These experiences form archetypes. These are innate predispositions to experience and symbolize certain situations in a distinct way. There are many archetypes such as having parents, finding a mate, having children, and confronting death. Very complex archetypes are found in all mythological and religious systems.
In reference to Jung’s life work, this blog is attempting to investigate the similarity of symbols that are located in different systems in modern, urban society which occur in many cultures. We react to the symbols we encounter each day, they have the ability to effect our cognition and decision making. The signs and symbols we encounter speak to us on many levels and pulls from all of our experiences and deepest layers of the unconscious.