Fantasy & Psychology

Fantasy and mythology are interlinked. As reviewed elsewhere, many mythical beings, as well as mythological elements, are present in the literary, artistic and cinematographic genre.

However, it seems that the underpinnings are not coincidental, but instead psychological. Fantasy may be used as an attempt to escape reality, to cope, or even to adapt to one’s surroundings better. Carl Jung was a famed psychologist and a contemporary, and at times colleague, of the founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud. Jung had a theory that summed the myth-fairytale-psyche link nicely, explaining the importance of the archetypes contained in the collective unconscious.


The mystical and supernatural, such as casting light spells or similar superpowers or magic abilities, are a recurrent element of fantasy based modern video games, films, books and animations. Image: Copyright ©

And psychology may also, vice versa, influence fantasy. As humanity progresses technologically, it is better able to graphically portray what it could previously only imagine. In turn, picturing such worlds may impact and inspire others’ creativity. To illustrate, since its creation, animation has undergone many transformations. From traditional animating techniques, computer generated imagery, or CGI, came to replace the initial pencil and paper method. Today, many 2D and 3D digital art, cartoons and animations open the doors of imagination in new ways. Alternatively, many have expressed the view that it is the so-called anonymity of social media, online gaming and other avatar related Websites or virtual communities that allowed people to feel and behave more freely.