In what ways do you notice your own self being affected, by the collective human unconsciousness (defined for this purpose, as the sum total of all human emotions from time immemorial) ?
I like the way Brian described it.
As it appears to me, there are many levels of pattern that are part of being human. Some come from genetic, some from culture. Some of those levels are strongly triggered by certain contexts, and can preempt most of the processing power of being so long as those contexts are sustained.
For me, the term “collective human unconscious” is something of a misnomer, as it appears not to be “collective” in any real sense. It seems that we each have these patterns within us, and they will trigger in appropriate contexts.
The trick seems to be to create an maintain higher level contexts to prevent triggering of the lower levels.
I have certainly had much experience with them.
The first time I became fully aware of their power was during the election campaign of July 1984. During a meeting in which I was addressing then responding to questions from a group of about 2 thousand people I found myself thinking and saying things, that upon later reflection were not the sorts of things I would normally say. I spent several years testing contexts, and developing awareness of the triggers, to give me choice around the expression of these patterns.
And I can still be caught by them sometimes, particularly the ones induced by sudden unexpected pain.
Cuss words are very much the lesser of what I was thinking about. Most contexts I just let them flow.
I was thinking more of the raw primal anger that can overtake when someone hits you hard from behind without warning. That deep “berserker” rage, that overpowers all high level function, and just demands revenge with extreme force. I have had that happen twice in my life. Each time the loss of control was only for a second or so, and no damage was done (the perpetrator was out of immediate range), and each was still a case of total control failure.
I have installed extra pattern awareness to prevent such failures in the future, and there are no absolute guarantees.
And just to be clear, I do not operate at conscious level control at all times. I am usually running on full automatic; and I do work at maintaining continuous conscious level surveillance, with an ability to interrupt and insert choice if and when required. Even when paralytically drunk in my younger days, I was never without that awareness – it may have been a bit more “relaxed” than usual, and it was still present.