This essay analyses the use of ancient myths in modern-day Western therapy. Working with François Laplantine’s idea that mythic materials are developed in response to particular psychic needs (“L’ethnopsychiatrie” 22), the essay identifies some of the functions that may be fulfilled in our society by the Sumerian myth The Descent of Inanna and explores the conditions under which it may serve psychological needs.
"When Myth Shows What the Mind Does Not Reach,"
Storytelling, Self, Society:
2, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/storytelling/vol7/iss2/2