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Return to Book Page. Moore ,. Douglas Gillette. The corporate "yes man," the wife-beater, the hot-shot male junior executive and the emotionally distant father are all boys pretending to be men, observe the authors of this liberating guide to self-transformation. Writing within a Jungian framework, they perceive symptoms of "Boycaps per book psychology" all around us--in men's abusive behaviors, passivity and inability The corporate "yes man," the wife-beater, the hot-shot male junior executive and the emotionally distant father are all boys pretending to be men, observe the authors of this liberating guide to self-transformation.
Writing within a Jungian framework, they perceive symptoms of "Boycaps per book psychology" all around us--in men's abusive behaviors, passivity and inability to act creatively. To help males become more nurturing and mature, Moore and Gillette identify four archetypes of masculine energies from myth and literature: the Lover, brimming with vitality and sensitivity; the Magician, guider of the processes of inner and outer transformation; the selfless and wise King identified with Adam or primordial man; and the Warrior, whose energies often go awry in destructive activity.
Dream analysis, meditation, Jungian "active imagination" and ritual processes are among the tools set forth in a clear, concise map to territories of masculine selfhood.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 16th by HarperOne first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about King, Warrior, Magician, Lover , please sign up. What is a most important message of the book??? Dan The power of the archetypes, how they connect to our most essential psychology, and how they have been used across millennia.
And the crisis of mascul …more The power of the archetypes, how they connect to our most essential psychology, and how they have been used across millennia. And the crisis of masculinity in the West today, and what we can do to access the mature masculine archetypes in our world today. Paul Larke The idea is not to focus solely on one archetype.
Mature masculinity, in the author's view, is created by an integration of all four archetypes. This …more The idea is not to focus solely on one archetype. This is displayed in the pyramid with the four sides corresponding to each archetype. If one side is weak the whole pyramid will collapse. Readers are encouraged to explore their weaknesses in all four archetypes and to work on strengthening these personality traits where weakness is found.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 20, Laura Oliva rated it it was amazing Shelves: general-research. I really loved this book. I found the idea of understanding the human condition via the archetypes found in the myths we all share very compelling, and much more helpful than "traditional" psychological analysis. Thus disclaim-ed, this book was very helpful for me as a woman writer interested in creating believable heroes.
It explores the four basic archetypes that make up the male psyche- the King, the Warrior, the Magician, and the Lover- including what each looks like in childhood, what a poorly formed version looks like, and what a fully mature, "hero-material" version looks like.
It also has a very interesting section on the "rite-of-passage" rituals that have traditionally ushered men from boyhood into manhood, which could be very helpful in designing a hero's inner journey throughout the course of a book. Again, as a writer, this helps to provide some context when I'm trying to create a hero, or even a villain.
It goes into the nuances of the male psyche that a majority of women- and, dare I say, men? I know that after reading this book, the heroes I create in the future will have that much more depth to them.
Excellent resource. Highly recommend! View all 3 comments. Jan 12, N Perrin added it. The book Jordan Peterson tried to write. View all 4 comments.
Jan 10, jessi lee rated it it was ok Recommends it for: people thinking about their own masculinity, maybe. View all 13 comments. Jun 25, Leah rated it it was ok Shelves: psychology.
Showing its age, this one. This appeared at the end too, pretty much out of left field, and made me do a legitimate double-take: "In this book we have been concerned about helping men to take responsibility for the destructiveness of immature forms of masculinity. At the same time, it is clear that the world is overpopulated with not only immature men but also tyrannical and abusive little girls pretending to be women.
It is time for men--particularly the men of Western civilization--to stop acc Showing its age, this one. It is time for men--particularly the men of Western civilization--to stop accepting the blame for everything that is wrong in the world.
There has been a veritable blitzkrieg on the male gender, what amounts to an outright demonization of men and a slander against masculinity.
Is it clear? This is literally the first time you've mentioned this. Where the heck did all that come from? Things kind of go back to the way they were throughout the whole book: focused, affirmative, largely positive, and the book ends on a nice Campbellian note. But talk about leaving me with a bad taste in my mouth. Did we really need to spend the whole book being largely innocent, and then suddenly spew that out like a repressed Men's Rights' Activist blog entry?
If you're gonna try to make a point, and gain some pop culture cred, I suggest actually watching the movie you want to reference. View 1 comment. Feb 03, Benjamin Espen rated it really liked it. I couldn't find it at my local new bookstores, but you can find it online new or used. Since I bought it used, it took me forever to find the tiny "Men's issues" section. It was only one shelf in a rather large bookstore, but I finally found it tucked underneath the sexual self-help books.
It was worth the effort. The four archetypes show their power from the first. These are not alien ideas forced onto us. Rather, they are us, in a more pure form.
The archetypes help us to see what is best in ourselves, as men. The King is the source of order, he is wise and just. The Warrior has boundless energy. He is devoted to a cause greater than himself, and fiercely loyal. The Magician is powerful and crafty, and he has the ability to detach himself from events and see more clearly. The Lover seeks beauty in all its forms, and delights in it. He can break down barriers and empathize with everyone.
This book is valuable for anyone who wants to know what it is to be a man. It is also valuable if you are interested in understanding depictions of masculinity, both positive and negative. I can easily think of people I know, or situations I have found myself in, and immediately see the application of these archetypes of masculinity.
Moore and Gillette are definitely children of their age: the Age of Aquarius. With that in mind, I found the chapter on the Lover the most unbalanced.
This is the chapter that is the least burdened with scholarship or historical accuracy. It is also the least aware of the negative side of the archetype.
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