Stefan Stenudd
Stefan Stenudd
About me
I'm a Swedish writer of fiction and non-fiction books in both Swedish and English. I'm also an artist, a historian of ideas and an aikido instructor.

Psychoanalysis of Myth


Sigmund Freud

Totem and Taboo

Moses and Monotheism

Carl G. Jung


Collective unconscious

Applying Jung to myth

Personal myth


Creation Myths:
An Introduction

Psychoanalysis of Myth

Creation Myths Around the World

The Logics of Myth

Genesis 1: The First Creation of the Bible

Enuma Elish: Babylonian Creation

Ideas and Learning



Aristotle - Life and Work

Aristotle's Poetics

Aristotle's Cosmology

Cosmos of the Ancients, by Stefan Stenudd.

Cosmos of the Ancients
The Greek philosophers and what they thought about cosmology, myth, and the gods, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Life Energy Encyclopedia, by Stefan Stenudd.
Life Energy Encyclopedia
by Stefan Stenudd. Qi, prana, spirit, and other life forces around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Tao Te Ching - The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained, by Stefan Stenudd.
Tao Te Ching
The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained. The great Chinese classic, translated and extensively commented by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Tarot Unfolded, by Stefan Stenudd.
Tarot Unfolded
This book presents an imaginative reading of the Tarot divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot since it consists of symbolic images. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

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Psychoanalysis of Myth 2

Sigmund Freud's and C. G. Jung's Theories on Myth and Its Origin.

Psychoanalysis of Myth: Freud and Jung.

Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud was born in Moravia in 1856, but his family moved to Vienna only a few years later. In 1881 he graduated as an MD and worked in the Vienna General Hospital for a few years, also researching the clinical uses of cocaine. In 1885-86 he studied in Paris under Jean-Martin Charcot (1825-93), a French neurologist who made pioneering research of hysteria.

     The same year Freud returned from Paris, he started his own practice, where he treated nervous diseases and focused increasingly on psychology. In 1902 he was appointed professor extraordinaire of neurology at the University of Vienna, a position he held until he left for England in 1938, to escape Nazism.

Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud.

     In 1896, the same year his father died, he used the term psychoanalysis for the first time. By the very end of the century, in November 1899, The Interpretation of Dreams was published. In 1906 he befriended and started to cooperate with Carl G. Jung from Switzerland. Totem and Taboo, published at first as four separate magazine articles in 1912-13, presented theories that contradicted Jung's emerging models of explanation.

     In 1927 Freud published The Future of an Illusion, where he discussed the origin of religion and clearly confessed to his own atheism. Moses and Monotheism was published in 1939, the same year Freud died.

of Myth

  1. Introduction
  2. Sigmund Freud
  3. Totem and Taboo
  4. Moses and Monotheism
  5. Carl G. Jung
  6. Archetypes
  7. Collective unconscious
  8. Applying Jung to myth
  9. Personal myth
This article was originally written in 2006 for a seminar at the Department of History of Ideas, Lund University, as a part of my dissertation in progress on Creation Myths and their patterns of thought. Transforming the text to webpages, I have excluded footnotes. Published on this website September 10, 2007.

© Stefan Stenudd 2006