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Wangh, M. (1954). Day Residue in Dream and Myth. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 2:446-452.

(1954). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 2:446-452

Day Residue in Dream and Myth

Martin Wangh, M.D.

Students of mythology have by now accepted the thesis that human emotion is a dynamic factor in the creation of myth. As the philosopher Cassirer (2) puts it, in a myth "all objects are benignant or malignant, friendly or inimical, familiar or uncanny, alluring and fascinating or repelling and threatening. … The real substratum of myth is not a substratum of thought but of feeling."

Curiously enough, this same author (2) is of the opinion that Freud's contribution to myth formation is "entirely limited to variations and disguises of one and the same psychological theme—sexuality." This, of course, we cannot accept in view of Freud's profound interest in myth, his repeated discussion of it, and his clear-cut statements with respect to its meaning. He believed that much of mythological thinking is a projection of the psyche onto the outside world (3). He even indicated a possible approach to the myth-maker's mind.

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