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King, Warrior, Magician, Lover, is an attempt to specify the fundamental aspects of mature masculine personality, through a Jungian perspective. The authors identify these four primary facets of masculine energy, their development from precursory energies in boyhood, and how failure to manifest these ideal energies results in some stereotypical patterns of dysfunction.
I'm a big fan of reductive psychological enterprises like this, and I really wanted to like this book. The attempt, however, is rather speculative. The book is dominated by its Jungian aspect; the authors habitually found their images of these primary ideals in images from mythology rather than principled studies of human behavior.
A lot of their statements about world religion (lumping introspective religions together as essentially the same, for example) or anthropology are clearly drawn from popular culture rather than true sources in social science. They overestimate, for example, the specialization of knowledge embodied in a tribal Shaman.
That said, the archetypical ideals and deficiencies they present "ring true", and I think they might be an interesting basis for examining behavior.
 

Review: King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine

User Review  - Mario Tomic - Goodreads

Very insightful writing on masculine energy and how it shapes our lives. This is a book every man should read at least once. Read full review

Review: King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine

User Review  - Tejas Raghavendra - Goodreads

This is a beautiful book. A wonderful self help guide which teaches you how to be balanced. Read full review

Review: King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine

User Review  - Emantenf - Goodreads

it is a great book for men and women to understand their thinking and the kind of characters behind that thinking. Read full review

Review: King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine

User Review  - Travis - Goodreads

This is the closest thing to a self-help book i've ever read. I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but I was pleasantly surprised by how intelligent and insightful it is. I found traits of each of ... Read full review

Review: King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine

User Review  - Delirus - Goodreads

This is the closest thing to a self-help book i've ever read. I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but I was pleasantly surprised by how intelligent and insightful it is. I found traits of each of ... Read full review

Review: King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine

User Review  - Jim Morris - Goodreads

I had previously read two authors on the subject of archetypes as personality markers, Jean Shinoda Bolen and Carol S. Pearson. They're both terrific. But this is the only such book that I know of ... Read full review

Review: King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine

User Review  - Columbus - Goodreads

This is the closest thing to a self-help book i've ever read. I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but I was pleasantly surprised by how intelligent and insightful it is. I found traits of each of ... Read full review

Review: King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine

User Review  - Drmayhem - Goodreads

Very fascinating history about the masculine achetypes Read full review

Review: King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine

User Review  - Joshua Litven - Goodreads

The King, Warrior, Magician Lover by Robert Moore and Douglass Gillette was a light and interesting introduction to Jungian psychology, something I've always wanted to know more about. It made me more ... Read full review


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