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Archetypes as action patterns.
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PMID:  19531123     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The discovery of mirror neurons by researchers at the University of Parma promises to radically alter our understanding of fundamental cognitive and affective states. This paper explores the relationship of mirror neurons to Jung's theory of archetypes and proposes that archetypes may be viewed as elementary action patterns. The paper begins with a review of a proposed interpretation of the fainting spells of S. Freud in his relationship with Jung as an example of an action pattern that also defines an archetypal image. The challenge that mirror neurons present to traditional views in analytical psychology and psychoanalysis, however, is that they operate without recourse to a cognitive processing element. This is a position that is gaining increasing acceptance in other fields as well. The paper therefore reviews the most recent claims made by the Boston Process of Change Study Group as well as conclusions drawn from dynamic systems views of development and theoretical robotics to underline the conclusion that unconscious agency is not a requirement for coherent action. It concludes with the suggestion that this entire body of research may lead to the conclusion that the dynamic unconscious is an unnecessary hypothesis in psychoanalysis and analytical psychology.
George B Hogenson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of analytical psychology     Volume:  54     ISSN:  1468-5922     ISO Abbreviation:  J Anal Psychol     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-17     Completed Date:  2009-09-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376573     Medline TA:  J Anal Psychol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  325-37     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Artificial Intelligence
Freudian Theory*
Jungian Theory*
Models, Psychological
Neurons / physiology*
Object Attachment
Psychoanalysis / methods
Psychoanalytic Interpretation
Psychoanalytic Theory
Religion and Psychology
Systems Theory
Unconscious (Psychology)*

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