It's fascinating how many of the basic concepts of psychoanalysis are described by metaphores of the ancient Greek mythology. One might wonder whether the Greek mythology isn't actually the whole psychoanalysis in the 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?

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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
  • $\begingroup$ I'm wondering if this question would be a better fit for hsm.SE...? $\endgroup$ – Arnon Weinberg Apr 12 at 17:10
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    $\begingroup$ @Ooker - The problem, as highlighted in the meta post I linked, is that although some consider it pseudoscientific, there are still a large number of psychoanalytic and integrative therapists around. Plus, considering there are recognised governing bodies in America and the UK for Psychoanalysis, cutting psychoanalysis from the list of topics would be a slippery slope of cutting a large number of therapists from this site, possibly leading to others on the other side of the spectrum. As long as the question is about psychology within psychoanalysis, then it is on-topic. $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Apr 13 at 7:17
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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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