Joseph Campbell and C.G. Jung on Myth and Personality

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Robert Segal, PhD.  3 hours 58 minutes.  Audio.

Topics: Individuation, Myth and Fairytale, Synchronicity.

Joseph Campbell and C.G. Jung on Myth and Personality: Mysticism vs. Individuation

Joseph Campbell and C. G. Jung are often regarded as espousing a common view of myth and personality, yet they have fundamentally different and distinct conceptions of human nature. Where Jung espouses a balance between consciousness and unconsciousness, Campbell advocates a fusion of the two. Where Campbell interprets myth metaphysically as well as psychologically, Jung interprets myth synchronistically as well as psychologically. Campbell is chiefly concerned with the similarities among myths, Jung with the differences. Campbell sees myth as an antidote to therapy; Jung sees myth as an aspect of it.

Through lecture and discussion, this workshop assesses as well as compares the outlooks of these two influential thinkers. How each views the origin, the function, and the meaning of myth are examined. Several well-known myths are used to explore the distinctive approach of each.

© 1994 Robert Segal.
Ⓟ 1994 CG Jung Institute of Chicago.


Segal, Robert

Robert Segal, PhD is Professor of Religious Studies at Louisiana State University. His fields of research and teaching are Gnosticism, the Bible, theories of myth, and psychology and religion. He is the author or editor of The Poimandres as MythJoseph Campbell: An Introduction; Myth: A Very Short IntroductionExplaining and Interpreting Religion; and The Gnostic Jung.

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