Dr. Jonathan Young is a psychologist and storyteller ~ who is frequently seen on the History Channel as an expert commentator. He is a regular on the Ancient Aliens series (which is now in its eigth year). He assisted mythologist Joseph Campbell for several years at seminars ~ and was as the Founding Curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library in Santa Barbara. His articles and books focus on personal mythology. He also has a home-study audio course on The Wisdom of Mythic Stories.
As a professor, Dr. Young created and chaired the Mythological Studies Department at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara ~ where he now teaches in distance-learning graduate programs.
His early background led directly to his current work on mythic stories. He developed his deep love of stories through extensive initial exposure to folklore. He was one of six children in a much-travelled family. His parents read and discussed the lore of each place they visited, so he learned about The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, The Pied Piper in Hamlin, The Arabian Nights in Bagdad, The Life of the Buddha in India and Japan, and so forth.
Dr. Young lives in Santa Barbara when not traveling to give presentations on the mythic imagination. You can check his website at folkstory.com.