Gods in Everyman: Archetypes That Shape Men's Lives

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Social Science - 368 pages
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In this challenging and enlightening companion volume to the bestselling Goddesses in Everywoman, Jean Shinoda Bolen turns her attention to the powerful inner patterns--or archetypes--that shape men's personalities, careers, and personal relationships. Viewing these archtypes as the inner counterparts of the outer world of cultural stereotypes, she demonstrates how men an women can gain an nvaluable sense of wholeness and integration when what they do is consistent with who they are. Dr. Bolen introduces these patterns in the guise of eight archetypal gods, or personality types, with whom the reader will identify. From the authoritarian power-seeking gods (Zeus, Poseidon) to the gods of creativity (Apollo, Hephaestus) to the sensual Dionysus, Dr. Bolen shows men how to identify their ruling gods, how to decide which to cultivate and which to overcome, and how to tap thepwer of these enduring archetypes in order to enrich and strengthen their lives. She also stresses the importance of understanding which gods you are attracted to and which are compatible with your expectations, uncovers the origins of the often-difficult father-son relationship, and explores society's deep conflict between nurturing behavior and the need to foster masculinity.

In Gods in Everyman Dr. Bolen presents us with a compassionate and lucid male psychology that will help all men and women to better understand themselves and their relationships with their fathers, their sons, their brothers, and their lovers.


 

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"Archetypes are a powerful tool for self-knowledge because they tap into the universal collective language we all share. Learning to become more aware of your own archetypes can help you see yourself ... Read full review

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Contents

Preface
Myths Tell Us About the Patriarchy
Zeus God of the SkyThe Realm of Will and Power
Poseidon God of the SeaThe Realm of Emotion and Instinct
Hades God of the UnderworldThe Realm of Souls and
Apollo Hermes Ares
Hermes Messenger God and Guide of SoulsCommunicator
Ares God of WarWarrior Dancer Lover
Hephaestus God of the ForgeCraftsman Inventor Loner
Dionysus God of Wine and EcstasyMystic Lover Wanderer
Remembering Ourselves
The Missing
Gods and Archetypes
Bibliography
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Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, is a psychiatrist, a Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker. Her books include Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, and many others. She is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and was a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco. She lives in Marin County, California.

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