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Heroic Compensation

WithRank Otto

The myth of the hero’s birth begins, as is well known, with the situation of the child in the protecting womb (small box), where it is already persecuted by the father, who—in the meaning of the primal wish fulfilment—does not want the child to come into the world at all. For these achievements, known as the deeds of a hero, are used in the myth exactly as in the neurosis and all other creations of the Unconscious for the purpose of winning again the primal situation in the mother, with the consequence that the father is fought as the chief object of resistance. One could scarcely expect a clearer recollection of these earliest traumata even in analyses unless it were in the form of neurotic reproductions which, however, are manifested in the heroic over-compensation as heroic deeds.