In narratology and comparative mythology, the hero’s journey, or the monomyth, is the common template of stories that involve a hero who goes on an adventure, is victorious in a decisive crisis, and comes home changed or transformed.

Campbell used the monomyth to deconstruct and compare religions.

I, myself, used the hero’s journey as a template to make a sense of all the mess into I fell in the aftermath of terror attacks, in Paris, 2015 (#ptsdmyjourneyofselfdiscovery#ptsdstoriesmatter).

The Hero’s Journey is in fact a tool that anybody can use once facing hardships.

The 12 Stages of The Hero’s Journey:
There are three main stages, which consist of several steps: the Departure (or Separation), the Initiation, and the Return.

1. Ordinary World. This is where the Hero’s exists before his present story begins, oblivious of the adventures to come. …
2. Call To Adventure. …
3. Refusal Of The Call. …
4. Meeting The Mentor. …
5. Crossing The Threshold. …
6. Tests, Allies, Enemies. …
7. Approach To The Inmost Cave. …
8. Ordeal.

Resources: Hero’s of One Thousands Faces by Joseph Campbell and PTSD: My Journey of Self-Discovery and the Strange Characters I Met Along the Way by Diana White.

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