Mythic and theoretic aspects of the concept of 'the unconscious' in popular and psychological discourse

Edwards, D.J.A. (2003) Mythic and theoretic aspects of the concept of 'the unconscious' in popular and psychological discourse. Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, 3 (1). pp. 1-14. ISSN 1445-7377




[From the introduction]: In Greek mythology, Typhon was the youngest son of Gaea (the Earth) and Tartarus (the underworld). Typhon was not a beautiful baby. He was a grisly monster with a hundred dragons' heads. He was one of the Titans, a group of powerful and dangerous creatures who rebelled against Zeus, the King of the Gods. The rebellion was crushed and Typhon was imprisoned under Mount Etna, the volcano in Sicily which was active in classical times and remains active today. It was said that when Typhon raged, the earth shook and Etna erupted. Many such tales from mythology from all over world seem to dramatize aspects of our relationship with potent forces of which we have little understanding and over which we have little control. Many of these forces are less concrete than the forces of nature. They arise from our apprehension of our existential predicaments, our interpersonal vulnerability and the intensity of our own psychological pain. In many contemporary discourses this territory is referred to more neutrally as ‘the unconscious;’ but the unconscious will always elude our attempts to capture it in words.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Myth; mythology; metaphor; unconscious; consciousness; popular discourse; psychological discourse; emotional differentiation; emotions; existentialism; interpersonal vulnerability
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Psychology
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Deposited On:22 May 2008
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