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Evolutionary Instincts-Archetypes

I am constantly amazed at the many scientific verifications of Jung's concept of the archetypes. Here is an article from psychological that may help some understand Jung's theories. It discusses an experiment {scientific study} about the connections between nourishment {food} and personal finances, and how natural evolutionary instinctive forces influence our decision making. It reinforces the idea of how instinctive forces shape today's collective psyche. We have access to that collective psyche in our dreams. It is a part of the evolutionary process
....the body has its immune system, as does the psych{ology}.An inherent regulatory system just like the body's immune system. They are called dreams.

Self-portraits of the instincts. The instinctive forces and instinctive strategies or ways of behaving. 'Archetypal images' are the symbols through which these instinctive things show themselves in dreams

Simply spoken they are evolutionary instincts, deep wired into the human DNA. Our human/animal instincts have evolved from the experiences of early humans, when food was secured from the hunt and home was the nearest cave. Yet we have not lost the evolutionary, and primal, instincts. We merely apply them to a new set of material objects that fit our lives and culture. Our dreams will use the earlier language {cave} as metaphor for something deeper within ourselves {houses set in the open, caves are burrowed into the ground}. Archetypal images in dreams address our older experiences {ancient}, our deeper emotional lives {caves} in search for understanding for our current emotional condition. Archetypal images illustrate instinctive patterns we possess. These patterns shape our waking lives, often unconsciously. This article illustrate just how powerful those inherent instincts can be.

This article was written by Wray Herbert, Director of Public Affairs for the Association for Psychological Science.


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