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King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine Paperback – August 16, 1991
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The central argument of this engaging and readable book is that men have been unjustly denigrated by a society suspicious of masculinity, and that society has therefore been increasingly drained of "the mature masculine," the qualities inherent in fully-developed men. This condition is partly the fault of overzealous feminists, but also partly the fault of men who have failed to mature and are trapped in "boy psychology" or "the immature masculine." In short, these perpetual boys have given men a bad name. But another problem is the lack of rites of passage whereby the immature masculine dies and is reborn as the mature, bringing a male from boyhood to manhood. Men need these rites of passage in order to mature, and the modern world has failed to deliver. I sympathize greatly with all of this.
The most interesting part of the book to me was that detailing the four archetypes that make up the masculine psyche. They are the four men of the title: the King, the archetype of wisdom and rulership; the Warrior, the archetype of aggression and vigor; the Magician, the archetype of knowledge and technical mastery; and the Lover, the archetype of all kinds of connectedness, romantic or otherwise.Read more ›
Later volumes were written for each of the 4 male archetypes: The King Within: Accessing the King in the Male Psyche, The Warrior Within : The Philosophies of Bruce Lee, The Magician Within: Accessing the Shaman in the Male Psyche, and The Lover Within: Accessing the Lover in the Male Psyche.
However, once I started reading it I finished it in one long sitting.
The concepts are simple and make sense.
The core concept is that every man has varying amounts of King (representing the ability to bring order out of chaos, and a sort of benevolent use of power), Warrior( the ability to marshal resources, have courage, bear pain, make clear choices based on facts not emotions), Magician (or "alchemist" - concerned with knowledge and skill, and how to use it), and Lover (emotionally connected to others, having empathy).
Each one of these attributes has many good qualities; they can turn negative however, in both active and passive ways. The book cogently explains the symptoms of this - this was the part of the book that made me think the authors knew what they were talking about, in that I saw myself and my co-workers in some of the examples.
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I didn't learn anything groundbreaking but it was very cool to see different aspects of the male psyche broken down. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jonathan Prill
Love this book definitely recommend this to any and all looking for answer within themselves.nice and easy read as well!!!Published 17 days ago by fredrick mayfield
A fascinating and insightful read, I recommend anyone to read this!Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
I would say that this book is a good read for anyone interested in studying Freudian psychology as well as the works of Carl Jung because it takes their concepts of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago
This is a very unique book. I have enjoyed reading every page of it. It begs the male mind to begin analyzing where we are at this moment in life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kevin Pierfelice
No wonder so many of us are Alpha women. This book answers so many questions I have had about men such as why are they so fickle? Why are they so childish and bratty sometimes? Read morePublished 3 months ago by MG