The psychiatrist Carl G. Jung recognized dream symbols that had similar meaning among his patients. Dr. Jung believed these archetypes are present in people’s dreams in every society or culture. According to him, archetypes are a part of the collective unconsciousness of the entire human race. The collective unconscious consists of archetypes that represent an inherited set of beliefs and understanding. Therefore, when they appear in a work of art, they reveal that the artist has managed to tap into that collective unconscious. In this series Valiente is able to capture several of the major archetypes: The Shadow, The Self, The Rebirth, The Wise Old Man, The Anima and Animus, The Trickster, and The Persona.

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