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Hero’s Journey



The Hero’s Journey, also known as the monomyth, is an archetypal journey involving the events that a protagonist undergoes in their quest for some sort of ultimate goal. The study of the typical patterns of the Hero’s Journey was popularized by Joseph Campbell, who was influenced by Carl Jung’s work on archetypes. Many popular traditional and modern stories across cultures worldwide follow the typical structure of the Hero’s Journey, in which the hero encounters a catalyst that forces them from the comfort of their regular life, then goes on an adventure, during which they experience multiple hardships or obstacles in the process of obtaining their goal. Once they achieve victory, they come back home changed from their ordeal.

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The HERO'S JOURNEY - Joseph Campbell

This is a quick summary of The Hero's Journey stages by Joseph Campbell.

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The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell’s revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology.

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What is the Hero’s Journey?

Each of us is rising above our self-imposed limitations and outer challenges to expand our sense of self and walk our path of destiny. Joseph Campbell and the Hero’s Journey gave us a map to guide us, and signposts along the way, as we take our journey.

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FindCenterMy mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.

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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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The Hero's Journey

"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls."

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Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul After War

War touches us all―leaving visible and invisible wounds on the warriors who fight, disrupting their families and communities, and leaving lasting imprints on our national psyche.

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FindCenterThe journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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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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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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