On a different note what about the journeyer who “freezes” “chokes?” The one who at the most critical time “fails?” Or stands-by…then later cannot forgive themselves for “standing-by?”
Instead of facing fear…the fear consumes them…they cannot move.
And if bad things happen in the aftermath of a Freeze? Then THAT would definitely change a journey arc.
I think there are more Stories that do address this over the years now.
But It would have been curious to see how or if Joseph Campbell would have addressed this.
It almost feels as though this is a struggle beyond releasing the ego.
In fact the Freeze itself seems to make make the character/person more likely to undervalue their worth than build up an ego. And there might not always be a happy resolution *care.*
But maybe I should wait until the month of the not so successful return before any further musing.