Collective Unconscious Mental State and Female Feticide in India
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Volume 2, Issue 5, October 2013, Pages: 188-191
Received: Oct. 24, 2013; Published: Nov. 10, 2013
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Harish Kumar Sharma, Head of Department, Department of Psychology, S. B. S. Govt. College, Kotkapura, Punjab, INDIA
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Normally every human behavior is linked to the individual mental state but some behaviors that involve large number of people can be explained with Collective mental State. This collective mental state is constructed on the basis of long historical experiences, so it is usually unconscious. Collective Unconscious is a concept given by Carl Jung. It refers to the retaining of ancestral experiences at unconscious which are transferred from one generation to other generation in a long course of life. Jung stated that it ranges from retaining passive record of historical experiences i.e. passive Repository the actual practical emergence in ground reality i.e. Active Substratum. The female feticide occurring at mass level in India seems to be a reflection of Substratum state of collective unconscious. It means the historical experiences that are retained in collective unconscious at passive repository unconscious state has acquired the active substratum state of collective unconscious. These experiences are specifically related to the invasions people experienced during medieval period. This link is strengthen when the female sex ratio in India is observed state wise. Female feticide is highest in North-West states and lowest in Southern states. It means that the active substratum state of collective unconscious is the strongest causative factor of female feticide in India.
Collective Unconscious, Female Feticide, Mental State, Invasions, Ancestors, Sex Ratio, history, India
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Harish Kumar Sharma, Collective Unconscious Mental State and Female Feticide in India, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 2, No. 5, 2013, pp. 188-191. doi: 10.11648/j.pbs.20130205.13
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