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Rank, R. Sachs, H. Payne, C.R. (1916). The Significance of Psychoanalysis for the Mental Sciences. Psychoanal. Rev., 3(1):69-89.

(1916). Psychoanalytic Review, 3(1):69-89


The Significance of Psychoanalysis for the Mental Sciences

Rank Rank, Hanns Sachs and Charles R. Payne

We interrupt the interpretation here, which may be still further followed in individual details, in order to gain a general viewpoint for the psychology of myth formation. To this end, we need only to proceed to the reduction of the mythical persons to the egocentric figure of the myth-maker. It must strike us that the two brothers are twins who resemble each other not only physically, “like two drops of water,” but also in their characteristics and attributes (they have the same animals, same clothing, etc.), and are also not distinguished by names, so that the queen recognizes her husband only by an artificial sign.

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