chapter  1
Analytical psychology and myth: The bigger picture
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It has to be said that depth psychologies are a leap of faith. If the unconscious is ‘all that I am that I don’t know I am’, we can really only make informed guesses about its content and function no matter how ‘scientific’ its pioneers and contemporary theorists claim/ed to be. Jung’s analytical psychology, popularly distinguished from Freudian psychoanalysis by its theorization of the archetype and the collective unconscious (or objective psyche), has often been targeted, by academia in particular, as one of the greatest leaps. Although Jung repeatedly refers to himself as ‘an empiricist’ and ‘a scientist’ throughout the eighteen volumes of his Collected Works, I would argue that the creative and spiritual insight of the ideas he left us has more punch than their science. Analytical psychology’s concentration on the cross-cultural and timeless language of images, filtered through art, myth, religion, dreams, and unconscious projections, also lends itself to the analysis of cinema and television.