Date of Award

Spring 2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Department

Psychology

Director of Thesis

Rhea A. Merck, Ph.D.

Second Reader

Ester Richey

Abstract

The premise of this thesis is to explore the concepts of Carl Jung’s collective unconscious and archetypes using myths from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. In exploring the archetypes of the Animus, the Mother, the Hero, the Child, the Trickster, and Rebirth through these myths, I aim to demonstrate their relevance to modern psychology by directly connecting them to related psychopathologies as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel of Behavioral and Mental Disorders V. Through this, the validity of the concept of the collective unconscious will be demonstrated in how the enduring archetypes of stories that are over two thousand years old are still psychologically relevant and present in literature and story-telling today.

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