Creating Personal Myth
Master of Arts (MA)
Committee or Advisor Chair
Philip A. Smith
Jan Zimmerman [sic]
personality, creativity, myth, body, American society and culture, transpersonal psychology
American Popular Culture | Developmental Psychology | Personality and Social Contexts | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology | Transpersonal Psychology
It is unnerving to build a house of cards. As a child of a culture which has demanded material proofs to justify all perspectives and most actions, I am vaguely uncomfortable knowing what I am going to produce on these following pages is, seen from that perspective, a fantasy, a metaphor of a metaphor. Whatever substance there is to 'personal myth' draws its life from the imagination and from the spirit, and these two, until very recent years, have not been highly valued in the dominant American culture. In fact, the myth that there is no myth, so prevalent in American culture, forces these two great reservoirs of the soul underground into 'shadow' side of America. It is no coincidence that, Roots, an American black man's mythic odyssey--with its phenomenal popular success both as book and television mini-series--heralds the dawn of a renewed concern with personal myth.
Sussman, Linda, "Creating Personal Myth" (1981). Johnston Master Theses (20th Century). 37.