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Loren E. Pedersen is a psychologist, Jungian analyst trained at the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. His interests include men?s psychology, stress and pain management, and biofeedback. He has taught graduate and undergraduate psychology and psychophysiology. He consults with Hospice staff groups. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1st edition (February 13, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877734917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877734918
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,915,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Linda J. Schiller-Hanna VINE VOICE on September 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
I had the privilege of being a client of Dr. Pedersen many
years ago. (More than 30!).
When I read this book about 10 years ago, one exercise in
particular was profoundly useful. Although the book is written
mostly for men, I just adapted the exercise to my own needs.
I did a dialogue with my "inner male" ....and discovered that
he was only about 12 years old and afraid of women! (No wonder
I was having problems finding a mature relationship!). I
followed the instructions in the exercise and worked for several
days and was amazed to watch a transformation in this "guy" and
his maturing etc. I became more comfortable with myself, and
my life started to open up too. I even designed and led a workshop for women that used this exercise as its core element.
All of the women loved it. I have recently celebrated my
sixth anniversary with a spendid, loving and mature partner. I
feel this book was very helpful in teaching me a system that
bridged a major hole in my own psyche. Dr. Pedersen is a brilliant, caring and intuitive therapist and the book contains
equal doses of his wisdom. I urge you to give it a try!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Neal J. Pollock VINE VOICE on December 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a fine book addressing the unconscious that has far more effect on our lives than we readily admit. As Sigmund Freud said: "The mind is an iceberg-it floats with only 1/7 of its bulk above water." [quoted in Leo Rosten's Carnival of Wit Dutton NY 1994, page 402]. Most of us have hidden, unconscious compulsions that control our lives in strange ways. This book addresses many aspects of these forces, however, it is more Jungian than Freudian (with explanations of the anima/animus archetypes that greatly effect our relationships with the opposite sex). Dr. Pederson tries to be impartial because as he states on pages 225-6: "Most behavioral research, however, is biased by the fact that the experimenters are interested, covertly or overtly, in establishing a particular point of view."

He also addresses the process of projection in which we project our inner feelings, orientations, problems, desires, etc. onto other individuals who are then said to carry these projections. He states that these are stored in the body on page 220 (note 27): "A man's physical body and its various organs often carry the unconscious projections of emotional issues he needs to integrate into his awareness. These symptoms can lead him to a deeper level of communication with himself if he takes the symptoms as signs of a need to sacrifice the rigidities and narrowness of his conscious attitudes."

Most interesting are his observations about the development of projection over time such as on page 87: "Early belief systems were undoubtedly so intertwined with projection that there was little, if any, separation between myth and reality. In this sense, consciousness of the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods was a mythic consciousness."

He also addresses love, parenting, etc.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Stucco on February 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was written by a Junghian epigone, and it contains trite Junghian cliches. Masculinity (the "dark side") and femininity (affirmation of life) are polarities within consciousness itself. Self-reflective consciousness is an active process of paying attention to those unconscious contents of our psyches that arise by way of dreams, fantasies and experiences.According to the author,the real challenge is to integrate and balance these energies, to achieve "wholeness" by listening to the Unconscious. People are encouraged to get away from the pure archetypes of masculinity and femininity, and to evolve toward psychological androgyny (p. 205).Pedersen urges his (especially male) readers to seek the archetype of the ANIMA (soul, breath), an endogenous power, a mysterious substratum of a man's personality (see the description of his pathetic attempts to lead a men's group on p. 10).The anima functions as a bridge between the ego and the unconscious. When men suppress the negative pole of the feminine image, their consciousness is impoverished; this in turn increases fears, anxieties, depression and represses interpersonal relatedness, feelings, creativity, spirituality. A conscious acknowledgement of the anima allows a man to access it: "We need to appeal to her as a guide to the underworld of a man's psyche" (p. 212). The over-identification of man with his masculine pole of his psyche generates inability to promote life, to nurture, and to relate effectively and emphatically with either men or women (p. 165). Traditionally, a father's love for his son is conditioned by how well the son mirrors his father's values and conforms to his expectation. The father's love is earned through the son's successful mastery of his father's expectations (p.185).Read more ›
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