Psychoanalytic Approaches to Myth: Freud and the Freudians

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Religion - 161 pages
The book surveys and evaluates the methods that Freud and the various psychoanalytic schools have employed in their studies of myths. In addition to providing a historical survey, the author argues that modern views of myth as something to be deplored because it is inconsistent with history and science depends on a misunderstanding of the nature of myth. Myth is not a product of unconscious irrationality but is instead a sustained use of metaphor. It expresses ideas in concrete imagery of unconscious inspiration, but the ideas can be rational and profound, as is also the case with poetry and s.
 

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Contents

Myth as Unconscious Manifestation
13
Chapter3 Myth and the Basic Dream
31
Myth as Defense and Adaptation
49
Myth as Metaphor
85
Therapeutic Insights in Myth
123
Epilogue Clinical Implications
137
Index
157
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