The Story of the Hero's Journey

Mythologist Joseph Campbell devoted his life to studying myths and legends from across the globe. He discovered the same story of courage and transformation woven into the myths of every civilization. He called this monomyth "the Hero's Journey."

Hero's Journey Interactive is a modern update that allows you to explore your own life as a hero's journey. It is a participatory simulation, inspired and informed by the original.

Joe Campbell believed this story was told and re-told because it shows humankind the path to find the hero within. Something all humans yearn to discover. Campbell believed that this story, passed on for millennia, is a precious human birthright.

His book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, has been published in 26 languages. It has impacted the fields of psychology, education, management, storytelling, biography and popular culture.

Some psychologists have speculated that we are born with the hero's journey imprinted in our brains. That it lies dormant, waiting to be awakened by these stories that have been told and re-told throughout history. And that if we ignore our call to adventure, we risk living hum-drum lives that will never afford the true fulfillment that life can offer us — or that we can offer to humankind.

Some psychologists have speculated that we are born with the hero's journey imprinted in our brains. That it lies dormant, waiting to be awakened by these stories that have been told and re-told throughout history. And that if we ignore our call to adventure, we risk living hum-drum lives that will never afford the true fulfillment that life can offer us — or that we can offer to humankind.

Campbell found that all versions of the the monomyth involve a hero who answers a calling … goes on an adventure that brings her face to face with her deepest fear … she meets allies and enemies … faces a decisive crisis … and comes home transformed …wiser … and ready to share what she has learned.

The Stages of the Hero's Journey:

1. Ordinary world
2. Call to adventure
3. Refusal of the call
4. Meeting with the mentor
5. Crossing the first threshold
6. Tests, allies, and enemies
7. Approach to the inmost cave
8. The ordeal
9. Reward
10. The road back
11. The resurrection
12. Return with the gift