On the Social Unconscious. AAGP Brisbane July 2012 Vicki Zola and Paul Coombe. Introduction.
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AAGP Brisbane July 2012
Vicki Zola and Paul Coombe
.Jung: “The Collective Unconscious”.
.“Neo-Freudians”: referring to American theorists such as Karen Horney, Erich Fromm and Harry Stack Sullivan who attempted to re-state Freudian theory in sociological terms rather than biological.
.Melanie Klein: Object relations theory: internal objects exist in the internal world that have relationships with each other. They are a product of the innate instinctual inheritance and also internalizations of part and whole objects. So in a sense the external world in part comes to be located internally though changed by splitting, projective and introjective processes.
Foulkes’ later or more “radical” ideas are demonstrated in this quote: “…(the) group, the community, is the ultimate primary unit of consideration, and the so-called inner processes in the individual are internalizations of the forces operating in the group to which he belongs.(1971: 212).
According to Dalal, radical Foulkes is saying: “that things that look like instincts…are internalizations of group forces…and that the id itself is acculturated.” Dalal is also saying that we cannot speak of there being 2 parts of the psyche one personal and one social.