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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (October 7, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449902870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449902875
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors, both psychologists, argue that the goddesses of ancient mythology represent eternal feminine qualities that should be recovered and honored. Emphasizing how the goddess archetypes can distort or enhance one's life, they then flesh out these archetypes with examples drawn from literature, film, and clinical practice. Because of tone rather than content, the result is difficult to recommend to libraries. For while the stated purpose is to create greater understanding and empathy for the feminine in our culture, that purpose is undermined by the authors' use of culturally loaded vocabulary. Libraries will serve their readers better by purchasing Jean Shinoda Bolen's Goddesses in Everywoman (Harper, 1984), which covers the same material in a more sympathetic manner.
- Lucy Patrick, Florida State Univ. Lib., Tallahassee
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

I recommend it to everyone - man and woman.
D. M. Bongiorni
They say that families with children are relegated to fast-food restaurants and blue-collar diners, another phenomenon that doesn't fit in with my observations.
Diane Schirf
I think this book contains a wonderful mix of legends and folklore, along with articles, poetry and of course, a Jungian analysis that is multi-dimensional.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is a fine guide to studying the goddesses from a psychological angle. The authors include a test that the reader can take in order to have some idea of which goddesses have the most influence and which ones are more in the background. I found it to be most intriguing and informative. It made me think about why I value certain things, like intellectual pursuits, and scorn other things, like wearing makeup.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By merrymousies on September 8, 2003
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This was a new spin on looking inside for me. It uses the Greek goddess architypes to look at our preferences/tendencies - recognizing that we're probably a mix of the different goddess atributes. There's a chapter each on the following godesses: Athena, Artemis, Aphrodite, Hera, Persephone, Demeter - lots of legends, stories, some poetry. Then there is a quiz you can take to see what mix of godesses you are then it goes into discussing the various mixes that you fall into. Its interesting - not a quick read by any means - but quite interesting. Hadn't seen another book quite like it. Did come across the quiz on the internet before reading the book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 2001
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I think this book contains a wonderful mix of legends and folklore, along with articles, poetry and of course, a Jungian analysis that is multi-dimensional. If you're interested in mythology and analyzing the characteristics or relationships of the Roman/Greek goddesses, this is the book to read.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2001
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This book was recommended by my niece, a psychologist, about eight years ago. I devoured it and re-read many sections. It was a learning experience and a growing experience for me. It assisted in opening my heart and my mind to the strengths present in myself. I have begun the wonderful journey of paganism within the last year. Because of this book, I was familiar with many secular concepts of the mythology of the Goddess and quite accepting of the Divine within my heart. It cleared up many misconception that have been erroneously perpetuated throughout history regarding the journey of the pagan. Yet it also is relevent to ALL women of all faiths. It brings our strengths to the surface and makes us proud of who and what we are.
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I have recommended this book to a lot of people. I really am a fan of archetypes and their effectiveness in helping people take a step outside themselves to accept the things that are hard to accept about themselves or to gain appreciation into strengths which they may have been taking for granted. American culture is too egocentric and the result is people are feeling more disconnected than ever and even worse, are unable to see themselves clearly. You need distance to be able to see yourself and archetypes provide that. This book is well-done and the written test to determine the order of your archetypes was very accurate and insightful for me.
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By oktobermoon on June 3, 2006
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The book is about women but not a read for women only. There are sections for men. The book breaks down the personalities of six different Greek Goddess and how all six are in women today. I found the book tremendously healing. You do not have to read from cover to cover you can skip around the book and not miss anything. There is a quiz in the back of it to see which Goddesses influences you and yes everyone feels the influence of these six wonderful female archetypes.
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