It's fascinating how many of the key concepts of psychoanalysis are presented by metaphores of the ancient Greek mythology. One might wonder whether the Greek mythology is actually the whole psychoanalysis in disguise.

Some examples to remember are the myth of “Narcissus and Echo” (embodied in Freud's essay "On Narcissism"), the Oedipus and Electra complexes, the Icarus complex, the Medusa complex.


My question is, could the building blocks of psychoanalysis be derived from the mythologies of other peoples, as well?

(The same questions from another perspective: could we find corresponding myths in the mythologies of other cultures. E.g, is there an equivalent to the myth of “Narcissus and Echo” in the mythologies of other cultures?)


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    $\begingroup$ since this site considers psychoanalysis as pseudoscience, I think some will see this question as off-topic. But if we see it as a history question, I guess it's fine $\endgroup$ – Ooker Apr 12 at 14:14
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    $\begingroup$ Whilst I am a defender of Freudian and Neo-Freudian psychology, please be aware that as @Ooker points out, this covers areas of psychology considered by some here to be pseudoscientific even though psychoanalytic therapy is still widely available. I have provided these links to allow you to find out more. $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Apr 12 at 16:07
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    $\begingroup$ @drabsv - I have been thinking about what Arnon and Ooker has said, and this question is definitely borderline. Therefore, I would like to ask if you can please give some examples of Ancient Greek metaphors in use for us to particularly answer against and then we can better assess whether this question is on-topic or not. $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Apr 13 at 7:00
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    $\begingroup$ Thinking about this, if the question is "could psychoanalysis be derived in a similar manner from the mythologies of other peoples?", then I don't think it's a question about history $\endgroup$ – Ooker Apr 13 at 7:50
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    $\begingroup$ @StevenJeuris - After having a sleep on this question, I have voted to close this question as "not framed in psychology or neuroscience". As pointed out in my last comment, trying to find similar myths to, for example Narcissus and Echo, in other mythologies is nothing to do with psychology. $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Apr 25 at 6:56

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