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What distinguishes this book from previous books on mythology and psychology is that Adams provides so many impressive examples of how myths appear in contemporary life. Adams examines the psychological significance of Oedipus, Odysseus, Hercules, the Hydra, Poseidon, Chronos, Medusa, Tezcatlipoca, the labyrinth, the Minotaur, the griffin, the unicorn, and many other mythological creatures, and concludes by presenting a dream that beautifully exemplifies the “myth of the hero.” With wit and clarity, this book brings us into the incredibly rich psychic reality of the infinitely creative human imagination. Michael Vannoy Adams declares that the ancient gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, and fabulous creatures are alive and well within us. They exist in the mythological unconscious and emerge in the dreams and fantasies of modern men and women
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Michael Vannoy Adams
Michael Vannoy Adams is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City. A Marshall scholar, he is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York, a faculty member and supervisor at the Object Relations Institute, and a faculty member at the New School University, where he was previously Associate Provost. He is the author of The Multicultural Imagination: Race, Color, and the Unconscious.
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