Diagnosis and Similar
Common confusion of disorders.
The NYPR Archive Collections: Dr. Joseph Campbell - Inward Journey: Schizophrenia and Mythology
psychotherapist John Weir Perry, M.D.. John W. Perry: Visionary Experience or Psychosis (excerpt) - Thinking Allowed w/ Jeff Mishlove
"Then Dr. Perry sent me a copy of a paper that he had written on schizophrenia that had been published in 1963 in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. And to my great amazement I found that the imagery of the schizophrenic paralleled almost point for point the themes that I had rendered in The Hero With a Thousand Faces, back in 1949, which was based simply on a comparative study of mythology. It had nothing to do with psychoanalysis, or psychology, but it was simply a synthesis of the materials and imageries of the mythological traditions of mankind, delineating the main constant motifs that did appear in all. These are universal archetypal themes in the mythologies of mankind, and from this paper of Dr. Perry, I discover that they are produced spontaneously from the broken-off condition of a complete schizophrenia, complete psychosis, a person who has lost touch entirely with the context of his society and is functioning out of his own base." - Joseph Campbell