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The Hero’s Journey as it relates to inherent psychological drives

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    Hi everyone,

    I posed this under Exploring Your Personal Mythology. I thought I might post it here as well, as it may be more appropriate.

    I’m writing an essay on The Hero’s Journey and I want to make the following claim:

    “Campbell argued that the ubiquitous presence of the hero’s journey in myths and stories from all over the world suggests the existence of deep inherent needs within the human psyche. The hero’s journey is an unconscious expression of those needs and desires, which is why you see it appear time and time again in various cultures from all over the world. The implication being that we all, whether consciously or unconsciously, have a deep yearning to embark on our own journeys and see them through to completion.”


    I’ve heard this said before, but for the life of me, I cannot find a reference that directly corroborates this claim. Can anybody point me towards a passage where Campbell says this (or something similar)? Thank you!

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