Campbell explores the relationships between humanity’s life experiences since their departure, the commonalities of all cultures in their oral stories and the fundamental needs that are derived from them, which have always satisfied people by telling and hearing the stories.
Influenced by Jung’s idea of individuation, the self-realization of man for the common good after the courageous confrontation with his own self-limitedness and his own unconsciousness, he compares heroes in myths, legends, fairy tales and religions around the world and distills a uniform basic structure out of them.
Numerous artists, musicians, poets, entrepreneurs and filmmakers, u. a. Bob Dylan, Robert Bly, Jim Morrison, the rock band Grateful Dead, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, Richard Garriott, Ray Dalio and Steven Spielberg refer in their works to the theory of the heroic journey described in the book.
In 2011, the book was ranked in the Time Magazine’s list of the 100 best and most influential books in English since the founding of the 1923 magazine.