Jung on Mythology

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Princeton University Press, Aug 16, 1998 - Psychology - 275 pages

At least three major questions can be asked of myth: what is its subject matter? what is its origin? and what is its function? Theories of myth may differ on the answers they give to any of these questions, but more basically they may also differ on which of the questions they ask. C. G. Jung's theory is one of the few that purports to answer fully all three questions. This volume collects and organizes the key passages on myth by Jung himself and by some of the most prominent Jungian writers after him: Erich Neumann, Marie-Louise von Franz, and James Hillman. The book synthesizes the discovery of myth as a way of thinking, where it becomes a therapeutic tool providing an entrance to the unconscious.


In the first selections, Jung begins to differentiate his theory from Freud's by asserting that there are fantasies and dreams of an "impersonal" nature that cannot be reduced to experiences in a person's past. Jung then asserts that the similarities among myths are the result of the projection of the collective rather than the personal unconscious onto the external world. Finally, he comes to the conclusion that myth originates and functions to satisfy the psychological need for contact with the unconscious--not merely to announce the existence of the unconscious, but to let us experience it.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Jung visāvis Freud on Myth
49
From The Significance of the Father in the Destiny of
55
The Origin of Myth
61
From The Psychology of the Child Archetype
67
Letter to Baroness Tinti 10 January 1936
73
From The Structure of the Psyche
79
The Function of Myth
85
From Symbols of the Mother and of Rebirth
153
From The Dual Mother
159
From On the Psychology of the Unconscious
164
From The Conjunction
170
From Psychological Aspects of the Mother Archetype
176
From The Fight with the Shadow
194
e Myth as Never Superseded
210
From The Undiscovered Self Present and Future
216

From Principles of Practical Psychotherapy
91
c Making Life Meaningful
94
G Jung Speaking
100
The Self in Psychotic
106
Kinds of Myths
123
b Myths of the Hero
145
From Rex and Regina
220
MarieLouise von Franz
240
James Hillman
256
Index
273
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About the author (1998)

Robert A. Segal is Reader in the Department of Religious Studies, Lancaster University. He is author of The Poimandres as Myth and Joseph Campbell: An Introduction and has edited The Gnostic Jung, The Allure of Gnosticism, and The Myth and Ritual Theory.

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