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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  - Dean Mattox - Goodreads

Love, love, love this book. Must read for anyone interested in Jungian psychology. Read full review

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

User Review  - Rafael Alves - Goodreads

Truelly psychologically genius, the one true guide for men in 20 years. Rooted in the jungian study of transcultural estereotypes, the authors do a follow-up on the development of the psychological ... Read full review

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

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Truelly psychologically genius, the one true guide for men in 20 years. Rooted in the jungian study of transcultural estereotypes, the authors do a follow-up on the development of the psychological ... Read full review

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

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

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

User Review  - Andrei Stinga - Goodreads

Having long being interested in Jung's concepts and theories, I found this book quite engaging and enriching. I was familiar with Jung's concepts of archetypes, but Robert Moore managed to make them more accessible, in terms of understanding and relating to them. Great read! Read full review

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

User Review  - Goodreads

Having long being interested in Jung's concepts and theories, I found this book quite engaging and enriching. I was familiar with Jung's concepts of archetypes, but Robert Moore managed to make them more accessible, in terms of understanding and relating to them. Great read! Read full review

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

User Review  - Andrei Stinga - Goodreads

Having long being interested in Jung's concepts and theories, I found this book quite engaging and enriching. I was familiar with Jung's concepts of archetypes, but Robert Moore managed to make them more accessible, in terms of understanding and relating to them. Great read! Read full review

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

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There's a lot that's ridiculous in here but there are enough nuggets that a lot of people could find it helpful. To me, what I took from it, it's an examination of what smart, calm, confident, and ... Read full review


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