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The Mythic Imagination: The Quest for Meaning Through Personal Mythologyby Stephen Larsen
Synopses & Reviews
Mythology is the universal tongue of human imagination. As a tool for self-discovery, mythology is also a way of gaining access to the secrets of the psyche. The Mythic Imagination is a quest for the ancient source of vision and meaning in the world of dream, myth, and archetype. In the footsteps of Joseph Campbell, Stephen Larsen guides the reader on a journey through the mythic landscape of the psyche. His insight is that all of us, at one time or another, are engaged in creating personal mythologies that reflect the larger myths of the culture and our own deepest desires and aspirations. This book is a guide for bringing the deeper mythic structures of experience into awareness, for learning to recognize the archetypal content embedded in our dreams and daydreams, feelings, beliefs, relationships, conscious creations, and behavior.
Student and authorized biographer of Joseph Campbell, Larsen teaches us how to bring myth into our lives.
Reissue of the Bantam bestseller.
The Mythic Imaginationis a quest for the ancient source of vision and meaning in the world of dream, myth, and archetype. Following in the footsteps of Joseph Campbell, Stephen Larsen guides the reader on a journey through the mythic landscape of the psyche.
In the footsteps of his teacher Joseph Campbell, psychotherapist Stephen Larsen guides us on a journey through our psyche. He shows that we all create personal mythologies that reflect larger myths and also our own deepest desires and aspirations. THE MYTHIC IMAGINATION is a quest for the ancient source of vision and meaning in the realm of dream, myth, and archetype.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 360-372) and index.
About the Author
Stephen Larsen, Ph.D., is a practicing psychotherapist and teacher who is also co-director of the Center for Symbolic Studies in New Paltz, New York. He is the author of Joseph Campbell, A Fire in the Mind, The Authorized Biography.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Foreword by Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
Introduction: The Mythic Imagination
Part One: Psychology, Myths, and Maps
1. The Roots of Personal Mythology
2. The Relevance of Myth to Everyday Life
3. Seeing Through the Imagination
4. The Living Landscape
5. Depth Maps of the Psyche
Part Two: Dismembering, Dreaming, Remembering
6. Into the Shadowlands
7. Beasts and Birds of the Mind
8. The Inner Cast of Characters
9. The Inner Guide
Part Three: Conscious Mythmaking
10. Creative Mythology
11. Symbolic Play
12. Creative Mythology Exercises
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