C.G. Jung regarded psychology to be a modern form of myth. Inspired by this insight, Mogenson's book examines the writings of Freud and Jung in the light of Norse mythology. Jung's theory of the archetype is read as a variant of the old stories concerning Thor's encounters with the giants. Freud's theories of a death instinct, repetition compulsion, mourning and the ego-ideal are read as a variant to the tale of Baldr's death. And the fractious relations of Freud, Jung and Sabina Spielrein are seen as reflecting the saga of the Volsungs. Imaginative and scholarly, Northern Gnosis will be valued by the psychoanalytic reader for its fresh appreciation of Freud and Jung as makers of the myths that continue to inform our minds.
About the Author:
Greg Mogenson, the publisher of Dusk Owl Books, is a registered psychotherapist and Jungian psychoanalyst practicing in London, Ontario, Canada. A founding member and current Vice-President of The International Society for Psychology as the Discipline of Interiority, he is the author of numerous articles in the field of analytical psychology. His books with other publishers include Psychology's Dream of the Courtroom; A Most Accursed Religion: When a Trauma becomes God; Greeting the Angels: An Imaginal View of the Mourning Process; The Dove in the Consulting Room: Hysteria and the Anima in Bollas and Jung; and (with W. Giegerich and D. L. Miller) Dialectics & Analytical Psychology: The El Capitan Canyon Seminar.