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Joseph Campbell — Jung and the Right and Left-hand Paths

Joseph Campbell continues exploring C.G. Jung’s idea of the Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious by looking at myth in relationship to Jung’s concept of the Persona system — the aspects of one’s personality that been shaped by the society. Campbell then looks at the two ways that myths deal with this: The Right-hand Path, staying within the Persona System; and the Left-hand Path, the dangerous, individual path of breaking out of society’s rules and expectations.

The lecture from which this clip was taken has been released as the first program in Mythos I — The Shaping of Our Mythic Tradition (

For more of Joseph Campbell’s thoughts on Jung and the Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious in myth, check out The Portable Jung (


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