A key focus for Jungians and post-Jungians alike has long been the ‘interchangeability of mythology and psychology’. C.G. Jung once described mythology as ‘the textbook of archetypes’, where the unconscious psyche ‘is not rationally elucidated and explained, but simply represented like a picture or a story book’, and where archetypes can be understood as ‘patterns of psychic perception and understanding common to all human beings’. It is interesting to note, however, that in recent times non-Jungian approaches to myth also seem to be reaching towards this way of thinking about the ‘interchangeability of mythology and psychology’.
- Carl Jung
- Sumerian myth