In midlife: a Jungian perspective

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Spring Publications, Jul 1, 1983 - Philosophy - 149 pages
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Drawing on analytic experience, dreams, and mythology, Murray Stein, Jungian analyst and author, formulates three main features of the midlife passage. It begins with an erosion of attachment to the world, as if an inner treasure had been thieved away. This is followed by hints of a fresh spirit, renegade, mischievous, that scoffs at established routines. This new spirit - whom we must call Hermes - disrupts life and alarms family and friends. Finally, with luck, a deep transformation occurs, as the personality adjusts to the influx of Hermes and receives his gifts. An important book - the first to address this critical transition in terms of the psychology of C. G. Jung and the anthropology of Victor Turner.

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User Review  - Amy Herring - Goodreads

I started out really liking this book. It addressed exactly what I was feeling so I felt understood, but also the psychological perspective and terms that I love learning about. The author also brings ... Read full review

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User Review  - Elliedakota - Goodreads

Very dense academic reading. It was originally published in 1983 under the title "The World of Hermes and the Experience of Liminality: Reflections on the Midlife Transition" and that title is far ... Read full review



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Stein, a graduate of Yale Divinity School and the University of Chicago, and a diplomate of the C. G. Jung Institute, Zurich, is a Jungian analyst in practice in Wilmette, Illinois.