The Mythic Imagination: The Quest for Meaning Through Personal Mythology

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

David Feinstein
"Stephen Larsen has achieved a synthesis of mythic story, psychological theory, and clinical experience that extends the work of his teacher, Joseph Campbell, toward a more practical understanding of the relevance of myth for each of us."
Roger J. Woolger and Jennifer B. Woolger
"An extraordinarily rich and wide-ranging compendium of the psychological uses of mythology. Stephen Larsen has given us stimulation for the mind, a feast for the imagination, and a multidimensional road map for the soul in quest of its truth."
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"Stephen Larsen has achieved a synthesis of mythic story, psychological theory, and clinical experience that extends the work of his teacher, Joseph Campbell, toward a more practical understanding of the relevance of myth for each of us."

"An extraordinarily rich and wide-ranging compendium of the psychological uses of mythology. Stephen Larsen has given us stimulation for the mind, a feast for the imagination, and a multidimensional road map for the soul in quest of its truth."

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"An extraordinarily rich and wide-ranging compendium of the psychological uses of mythology. Stephen Larsen has given us stimulation for the mind, a feast for the imagination, and a multidimensional road map for the soul in quest of its truth."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892815746
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,205,342
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

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

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Index 

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