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Unpublished Paper
What is Your Purpose in Life?
Heroes (2015)
  • Scott T. Allison, University of Richmond
Joseph Campbell (1949) did more than outline the stages of the hero's journey; he proposed that all human beings are on such a journey. We show how the hero's path mirrors stages of human lifespan development. This parallel suggests that human beings' life purpose is to live the life of a hero, including (1) embarking on a journey; (2) growing from adversity; (3) assembling a team of allies; and (4) giving back to society.
  • heroes,
  • herois,
  • purpose,
  • meaning
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Scott T. Allison. "What is Your Purpose in Life?" Heroes (2015)
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