Zombie Apocalypse: a symbol of collective transformation

 Gajda, Tegning af en Zombi. US Public Domain via Wikimedia
Gajda, Tegning af en Zombi. US Public Domain via Wikimedia

What cannot be worked through at the conscious level is often worked through at the unconscious level, in dreams and fantasy. cf. Carl Jung  (CW 5, para 4-45). When encountering that which we cannot dream, we confront the limits of sense.

Film and art may present an unconscious attempts to work through collective transformation at the limits of reason and sense. In zombie movies and the growing zombie apocalypse movement, we may be seeing an attempt to dream ‘apocalyptic’ change.

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Our Collective Dreaming: zombies

Jungian analyst James Hall speaks of zombie dreams. He tells a story of a man who had a dream. There were “zombies-like figures emerging from where they had been buried.” (p. 60) He added: “possibly indicating that they had been buried in the unconscious.”  This dream foreshadowed a change in the man in which he “began to take a different attitude… a period of improvement.”

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