Quotation by Oliver Taplin

Freud was, in effect, trying to take the mystery out of myth. Once it was decoded as a history of the unconscious, all was explained. As Anthony Storr put it: "he was only happy when he was reducing things to the lowest common factor; and he did regard the unconscious as primarily the repository of bits of oneself that one couldn't accept." A very different way of looking at the psychology of myth was developed by Freud's one-time friend and colleague Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961). The fundamental difference between the two is immediately apparent in Jung's dictum that modern man is faced with "the necessity of rediscovering the life of the spirit." Jung, who was very interested in archaeology and thought of himself as excavating the mind, took myths to represent the inmost thoughts and feelings of the human race, patterns which are the product of inherited brain patterns.
Oliver Taplin, British classical scholar. "Myth: the Clue out of the Dark," Greek Fire: The Influence of Ancient Greece on the Modern World, Atheneum (1990).
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