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Joseph Campbell



Joseph Campbell, PhD, (1904–1987) was an American scholar and author focusing on comparative mythology, including the role myths play in the human experience. He is the author of many books, including The Hero with a Thousand Faces and The Power of Myth . The latter is the basis of his popular 1988 documentary interview series with journalist Bill Moyers.

Joseph Campbell
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Joseph Campbell—Jung and the Shadow System

Joseph Campbell continues exploring C.G. Jung’s idea of the Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious by looking at Jung’s concept of the Shadow - the aspects of one’s personality that one has submerged - and looks at how it serves as a wellspring for dream and myth.

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Myths to Live By

What is a properly functioning mythology and what are its functions? Can we use myths to help relieve our modern anxiety, or do they help foster it? In Myths to Live by, Joseph Campbell explores the enduring power of the universal myths that influence our lives daily and examines the myth-making...

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What About the Heroine’s Journey?

The Harvard scholar Maria Tatar has made a career of studying fairy tales and folklore. Now she is taking aim at Joseph Campbell and showing us the women he left out of the story.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageFollow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.

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Finding Joe

A truly inspirational film, Finding Joe explores the studies of famed mythologist Joseph Campbell. Take a journey through the human psyche and discover the pattern hidden in every story.

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What Is the Hero’s Journey?: Pat Soloman at TEDxRockCreekPark

What is the Hero’s Journey? And Why Should You Care?

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The Power of Myth

The Power of Myth launched an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Joseph Campbell and his work. A preeminent scholar, writer, and teacher, he has had a profound influence on millions of people--including Star Wars creator George Lucas.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWhat we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.

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Joseph Campbell: 70 Years of Making Connections

For almost 50 years Joseph Campbell has been writing major studies of mythology.

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The Hero's Journey of Self-Discovery

The cycle of the hero’s journey is a tale that is told over and over again, calling us to change by pushing us out of our comfort zone. These lessons are repeated over and over again, as one learns from their mistakes and improves upon life.

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