Mythen in unseren Köpfen
Adam und Eva – eine Projektionsfläche für kultur- und geschlechtsspezifische Beziehungsphantasien
1. Edition 2012
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The images of the second biblical creation myth are extremely present in our culture. Movies, paintings, advertising campaigns, names of perfumes and many more relate to the "seduction scene". While the text of the myth as well as the works of art depicting it are widely studied, the side of the recipients has hardly been attended to. This work is concerned with an empirical investigation of the myth from the perspective of the recipients: which fantasies are ignited in the recipient by the presence of the myth? Are there shared/homogenous structures in the unconscious fantasies of different recipients? Are these fantasies culture- or gender-specific? Subjects who had different socialisation backgrounds were asked to freely invent stories to the woodcut "Der Sündenfall" (The Fall of Mankind) by Schnorr von Carolsfeld, in the style of the TAT. Those stories were psychoanalytically interpreted and grouped into different types. Results show that the fantasy stories of those subjects with a homogenous Catholic socialisation significantly differ from those of subjects with a heterogenous socialisation in the attributes of "repressed contents", "relationship structure" and "ending of story". The stories told by those with a Catholic socialisation were markedly more homogenous.