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In the Ever After - Fairy Tales and the Second Half of Life Paperback – June 1, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0933029415 ISBN-10: 0933029411 Edition: 5 th

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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Chiron Publications; 5 th edition (June 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0933029411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933029415
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Chinen has written several books that address tales relating to different stages of life.
Neal J. Pollock
The author uses a combination of sociology, anthropology, history, and Jungian psychology to shed light on the tales and on aging, and he does this very well indeed.
Ready Reader
Upon opening the package, the package insert was wet and the plastic surrounding the book had been torn and portions of the book we wet.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Neal J. Pollock VINE VOICE on November 27, 2004
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Dr. Chinen has written several books that address tales relating to different stages of life. He uses carefully chosen tales to demonstrate psychological theses in a helpful manner for modern people. This particular book addresses the latter half of life. It's simply a delight to read, highly informative and valuable psychologically and otherwise. It specifically addresses the problems of the aging populace which differ substantially from those of younger people. Its hypothesis models (in my view) a cyclical trend where one comes back to where one started - but with a qualitative difference. This resembles a helix wherein one appears (in two dimensions) that one is going around in circles, but in truth one has progressed in the third dimension. This is like the different ways to look at a push-pen's spring. You can look down the barrel, and it looks like a circle, but it isn't - because it's three dimensional. I've also read "Beyond the Hero" which addresses an earlier period in life, and "Once Upon a Midlife" which address the middle period of life. They form a wonderful trilogy. In this book, there are 16 short elder tales. Following each tale, Dr. Chinen presents a psychological analysis of the symbolism and deeper meanings buried in the tale. He also describes in a developmental way (from tale to tale - they are in a definite order in the book), the several psychological tasks challenging an elder. He differentiates between an elder and the elderly. The latter are merely old. The former are on the elder's quest towards fulfillment and wholeness. This parallels Carl Jung's individuation process. As in his other works, Dr. Chinen provides extensive footnotes for those wishing to pursue more academic studies of the subject - or just wishing to read more fairytales. There is a definite parallel between the symbols in these tales and those in dreams. As always, Dr. Chinen's presentation is beautifully done and the book wonderfully structured.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ready Reader on March 20, 2013
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I've been looking not only for a collection of fairy tales about growing older, but a collection with learned commentary on what these tales might be saying, what their role in our and other cultures might be, and why they have such persistence and long-lasting effect. This book met those goals, where many books which promised to meet them did not do so at all. The author uses a combination of sociology, anthropology, history, and Jungian psychology to shed light on the tales and on aging, and he does this very well indeed. He is not long winded and dry, but his comments are brief, focused, and thoughtful. I haven't found any collection of fairy tales that even remotely approaches the excellence of this one, much less on the specific topic of getting older and facing the tasks of the aging.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Xan Hart on February 20, 2013
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I always loved fairy tales. Who knew there were tales just made for my aging brain? This book is a gold mine for learning to understand the symbolic language in the stories through Chinen's reflections on each one. He leads you into more and more complex developmental stages and you can identify just about where you are in the process of making the most of your elder years. It's so exciting to know that there's still somewhere to go in the learning and growing department.

More research is being done on the aging brain, and surprise! It's not all downhill from here. I co-facilitate an Elders Salon and we have begun using these tales in some of our meetings. It's fun, it's revealing, and it promotes beneficial change among our attendees - me included, of course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret A. Walsh on July 7, 2013
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So helpful in naming where I am and the tasks which will help me grow in wisdom as so much is declining.
Fairy tales not formerly known. Chinen's "Reflections" so insightful and challenging.
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