The Hero's Journey is a classic story structure,
and it applies to the lives and careers of cops. Let me explain...

By Ed Wojcicki


Cops shun the "hero" label, but they proudly wear a badge,
and they can benefit from learning how their careers,
driven by service and sacrifice,
fol
low an astonishing resemblance to the classic hero’s journey

as it unfolds in every culture and every genre.


HOW THIS JOURNEY APPLIES TO COPS by Ed Wojcicki:

Part 1:
Applying the three basic stages of the hero's journey to cops (Command magazine, December 2019)

Part 2:
A life of service and sacrifice, with no guarantee of a happy, tidy ending (Command, forthcoming June 2020)

Part 3:
Nurses, docs, and cops are living "the classic hero's journey" during the COVID-19 crisis (April 9, 2020)

 

POPULAR APPLICATIONS IN MOVIES AND STORIES:

The journey explained in Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, and Harry Potter (with movie clips, 11 minutes)

The Hero's Journey in five Disney movies
 (2014) 

The heroines in Hidden Figures, analysis by Ed Wojcicki (2016, 2020)

Analyzing 6 movies, including Star Wars, The Matrix, Harry Potter, and the Lion King (infographic)

The Wizard of Oz analyzed on Prezi by Nichole Patel

"The Hero's Journey in Film" by Ciaran Michael Vejby considers about 90 movies (vimeo)

Even the Grateful Dead were influenced by Joseph Campbell and the hero's journey

WHAT IS THE HERO'S JOURNEY?