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The Unconscious



The concept of the unconscious refers to the processes of the mind that occur outside of our conscious awareness, but still affect our motivations and behavior. These include automatic reactions, subliminal beliefs and perceptions, repressed feelings, hidden desires, and latent phobias. Popularized by both Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung in the early twentieth century, the concept of the unconscious can be likened to the part of an iceberg that lies beneath the water, whereas the conscious mind is represented by the part above it. The unconscious continues to be explored by modern psychologists, especially the role it plays in the creation of bias, memory, and learning, as well as how unconscious beliefs can contribute to anxiety, depression, and other forms of mental or emotional distress.

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The Nature of Creativity and the Courage to Create

In this video we explore the nature of creativity, the idea that creative insights emerge from the unconscious mind, and look at ways to stimulate creativity.

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Man and His Symbols

Man and His Symbols owes its existence to one of Jung's own dreams. The great psychologist dreamed that his work was understood by a wide public, rather than just by psychiatrists, and therefore he agreed to write and edit this fascinating book.

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Your Brain Knows a Lot More than You Realize

Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the processes and skills of the subconscious mind, which our conscious selves rarely consider.

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FindCenterOn the surface, an intelligible lie; underneath, the unintelligible truth.

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Joseph Campbell—Jung, the Self, and Myth

Joseph Campbell begins exploring C.G. Jung’s idea of the Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious by looking at Jung’s concepts of the Self and of the Ego, and begins discussing how myth communicates between the two.

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The Hidden Forces of life

The unpredictability of our moods, impulses, and emotions and the apparent randomness of happenings in our external lives are primarily due to the play of hidden forces at work in the world, forces of which we are almost totally unaware.

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The Life, Work, and Theories of Sigmund Freud

Psychology's most famous figure is also one of the most influential and controversial thinkers of the twentieth century. Sigmund Freud's theories and work helped shape our views of childhood, personality, memory, sexuality, and therapy.

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FindCenterProperly speaking, the unconscious is the real psychic; its inner nature is just as unknown to us as the reality of the external world, and it is just as imperfectly reported to us through the data of consciousness as is the external world through the indications of our sensory organs.

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Carl Jung - the Power of the Unconscious and the Importance of Dreams

This whole creation is essentially subjective, and the dream is the theatre where the dreamer is at once: scene, actor, prompter, stage manager, author, audience, and critic. To me dreams are part of nature, which harbours no intention to deceive but expresses something as best it can. ~ Carl Jung

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Psychology of the Unconscious

In this, his most famous and influential work, Carl Jung made a dramatic break from the psychoanalytic tradition established by his mentor, Sigmund Freud.

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