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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; First Edition edition (July 19, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062506781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062506788
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D., is the Director of the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership and a Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Her publications include The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By Educating the Majority: Challenging Tradition in Higher Education, co-edited by Donna L. Shavlik and Judith G. Touchton); Awakening the Heroes Within: Twelve Archetypes that Help Us Find Ourselves and Transform Our World; Magic At Work: Camelot, Creative Leadership and Everyday Miracles; The Hero and the Outlaw: Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes, co-authored by Margaret Mark; Mapping the Organizational Psyche: A Jungian Theory of Organizational Dynamics and Change, co-authored by John Corlett; and What Story Are You Living? Co-authored by Hugh Marr. Her books are widely translated. She lives with her husband of 33 years close to her three married children and four grandchildren.


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Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D., is President of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. She is an internationally recognized scholar and well-known author of numerous books, among them the bestselling The Hero Within, Awakening the Heroes Within, the Hero and the Outlaw, and Magic at Work. Her newest book is The Transforming Leader, an edited collection of cutting edge essays on the challenges facing leaders in the 21st century that grew out of the Fetzer Institute's Leadership for Transformation Project, for which she was principal investigator. Dr. Pearson has been a senior administrator and professor at higher education institutions including the University of Colorado, the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, and Goucher College; a consultant for multinational corporations and government agencies; and a popular public speaker and workshop leader. Before going to Pacifica, she was executive director of the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership and a member of the executive committee of the International Leadership Association. Earlier in her career, she was President of CASA: the Center for Archetypal Studies and Applications; President of Meristem, a nonprofit educational organization; and senior editor of The Inner Edge: A Resource for Enlightened Business Practice. She currently lives in Santa Barbara with her husband of 37 years.

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I believe you will really enjoy this book and find it very enlightening.
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Dr. Pearson's book, Awakening the Heroes Within, provides an ideal vehicle for self-discovery and renewal.
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I've had this book for some years, and re-read and re-use it from time to time.
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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a software developer and mathematician presently in my early 60's, ever since I can remember I have always been long on technology and short on "people" knowledge Yet from my early adolescence I remember my dad telling me how important it is to know oneself. While I always agreed with this good advice, whenever I explored my soul, I seemed to fail to come up with meaningful, non-judgemental answers - possibly because my questions themselves were not thought provoking.
Enter Ms Peason and her "Heros Within" book. Her brilliant, accessible review of the 12 archetypes that define our personalities suddenly provided me with a new handle - a key to a better understanding of myself and others. What I particularly appreciated in her book was its combination of a rigurous, scientific treatment of the subject, couched in a language both accessible and devoid of academic circumlucutions. I would reccomend her book to anyone who wants to understand himself/herself better and/or redefine his/her professional and personal life.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By team@distantvisions.com on June 12, 1998
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Dr. Pearson's book, Awakening the Heroes Within, provides an ideal vehicle for self-discovery and renewal. The book contains self-score instruments that will help readers discover previously untapped sources of personal power. The book seems particularly well suited for adults in their professional years who are looking for ways to clarify their place in the world. The theoretical foundation for the work is both well-grounded and intuitively appealing. Friends, family, and students, have thanked me for the recommendation of this scholarly work. Like me, they revisit the book whenever they are in the mood for a psyche checkup.
Daniel R. Lofald, PhD, Educational Psychologist
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1998
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I'm a Creator and a Magician!--who wouldn't be happy to have learned that? I'm also a gardener, a teacher, an artist, an adopted grandmother, a community worker, and I have a lot of other roles in life. Because I read this book, I recognize my strengths and my inclinations better, and I know what to emphasize in my work and in my relationships. I'm glad I read this, and I'm giving copies to others who are unsure about their strengths and how to apply them. Thanks!
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1998
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Dr. Pearson wrote this book with the lay person in mind. I never really understood what psychological archetypes were until I read this book. It is a well written "key" which will likely enhance your understanding of Dr. Carl Jung's work. When used with other great books like THE MODERN ALCHEMIST and EGO AND ACHETYPE, the average lay person can supercharge his/her personal understanding of life patterns and challenges, resulting in accelerated inner growth.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By zee black rider on April 26, 2011
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Combine 2 parts Joseph Campbell, 1 part C. G. Jung, 1 part impressive insight and a dash of third wave feminism and what do you get? A fairly worthwhile book, as I found. As a life student of archetype and mythic structure, I'm surprised and a bit dismayed at how few authors have tackled the similarities between Campbell's heroic cycle and Jungian archetypal theory. So, when I came across this book, I ordered it straightaway. What I found was a remarkably accessible, quick and well organized synthesis of much of the dense erudition of some of the Jung Bollinger content with the plaited, far-flung meanderings of dear uncle Joe Campbell's mind. Pearson manages to integrate these two similar themes into a fascinating and fairly workable structure for self assessment and self discovery.

As one reviewer mentioned, it's a fairly easy, surface level read--oriented towards the average reader. She does like to use the word "dialectic" a lot; but it was the 90's I guess, so I can forgive that. That's about as tough as it gets. You could whip through the book in a day as I did--you don't need a copy of Golden Bough, some Freud, Eliade, a summary of the Vedas and a collegiate dictionary close at hand. As you read, you'll want to pause, go back and reflect on each archetype and how it relates to you personally, how they progress and interrelate and develop over time.

However, she seems to struggle personally with the subject of gender, and this becomes increasingly evident as she explores anima/animus related concepts and gender differences in the formative psyche. Atop a convincing foundation of archetypal universality, she intermittently begins construction on a rickety tower of fairly specific, unnecessary attributions for male and (vs?) female, which made me wince a bit.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By F. Chew on August 17, 2010
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Two stars may actually be a bit harsh for this book, but in light of all the positive reviews, I believe another view--a "Shadow" review, if you will--is in order:

To cut to the chase, if you are a semi-serious Jungian, this book may turn out to be a marked disappointment. Frankly, the text delves more into the world of quick, entry-level ideas than into a serious exploration of the concept of archetypes. When twelve archetypes are promised, twelve archetypes are delivered: this is not a book about the infinite range of archetypes that may be encountered in the depths and breaths of the subconscious world, nor does it invoke that mystic numinosity that Jung describes in his autobiography. And, in all fairness, that can and may work on its own level. Sometimes the hungry person seeks a quick bite, and a fast-food combo meal hits the spot.

The reader is cautioned to expect some concepts that may not have a great deal to do with Jung: the one I personally found the most grating was the idea of a overseeing Soul that is different than the Spirit, and which seems to be out to make us suffer. This is an idea that can be found in other texts--usually of the "New Age" variety, for better or for worse. Personally, I have never been a fan of the whole concept of a "Soul" that effectively tortures folks for their own "development," nor do I believe that this is necessarily a truly Jungian ideal. The problem is this: the idea of this "Soul" shifts your focus outward and upward. In contrast, to read of Jung's own experiences is to read of richly plummeting into deep-down, inner worlds. The difference is a notable one.

Meanwhile, for those seeking a more dynamic experience of the archetypes, "Jung's Map of The Soul" and--of course and as always--Jung's autobiography "Memories, Dreams, Reflections" will prove to be of more service.
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