Mythical Thinking

Mythical Thinking
   Mythical Thinking Is Not Rational Analysis but Rather the Captivating of Consciousness
   Mythical thinking . . . does not dispose freely over the data of intuition, in order to relate and compare them to each other, but is captivated and enthralled by the intuition which suddenly confronts it. It comes to rest in the immediate experience; the sensible present is so great that everything else dwindles before it. For a person whose apprehension is under the spell of this . . . attitude, it is as though the whole world were simply annihilated; the immediate content, whatever it be, commands his . . . interest so completely that nothing else can exist beside and apart from it. The ego is spending all its energy in this single object, lives in it, loses itself in it. (Cassirer, 1946, pp. 32-33)

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