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Knights Without Armor: A Guide to the Inner Lives of Men Paperback – March, 2004
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Kipnis' elegant portraits of men offer poignant support for his claims. -- Los Angeles Times
Thoughtful and provocative. -- San Francisco Chronicle
More About the Author
Dr. Kipnis has written five books, many book chapters and articles, a produced play and an award winning documentary film about poverty eradication in India and Afghanistan. His most recent book is: The Midas Complex: How Money Drives Us Crazy and What We Can Do About It.
Past books include: Knights Without Armor; What Women and Men Really Want and Angry Young Men. He has been an expert witness in court proceedings and a consultant to many educational, mental health, corporate, and governmental organizations. Aaron is often featured on national news media and as a keynote speaker for professional conferences. He periodically offers Midas Complex workshops around the country and lives in Topanga Canyon, California with his wife and two children.
For more information or contact with the author please visit http://www.aaronkipnis.com.
Top Customer Reviews
He tell us in a way that resonates with me that, "Men frequently feel disconnected from an authentic source of aliveness within us." Maybe it is because so many of us have constructed an "heroic personality that is hard, inflexible and, like the armor of old, heavy to drag around."
This book was given to me by a friend who, with me, is a member of The Mankind Project, New Warrior Community, a group that Kipnis talks about in his book. The book has helped me to really understand the obsessive overachieving and workaholism of so many men and how they have numbed their lives and avoided real intimacy with both men and women in their lives, especially their significant others. (In reality, not very significant!)
Kipnis says, "This numbness includes loss of emotional and even physical sensitivity." Men come home and escape into a few beers and the tube or even worse. The price we pay, he says, is pain: isolation, alienation, stressed-induced illnesses, sex and love addictions, codependence (taking care of our women before even thinking of ourselves and being dependent on them for approval), fear and anxiety and God knows how much more.
This is a powerful book and an easy read. It is mesmerizing because it is so damn true and accurate. Kipnis does not stop at describing this devastating phenomenon. He offers up many ways for us to seek healing.Read more ›
Although the metaphor of the knights seems to get a little corny at times, the book has much to recommend it. This is the first, if not the only, book that globally looks at all facets of the men's movement. Everything from circumsicion, to myth, ritual and initiation, to the politics of male-bashing, is covered. There is an excellent table comparing the masculine images of the heroic, feminized, and integrated man and looking at how these differ along physical, mental, and emotional lines. There is a section on men's resources, with names and addresses of organizations and suggestions on how to get involved. Also, unlike most books on men's issues, this one actually has an index--a refreshing feature indeed!
Aaron is real. He speaks from his heart and from a life that has been a challenge for him (as I suspect all men, including myself, find life.)
I am delighted to see that it has been re-issued. Just read it; if you are a woman trying to understand a man, or a man struggling to understand himself or a son/daughter trying to understand your father. The ultimate irony of all this is that I came upon this as Amazon Recommendation #500 something on a day in which I made email contact with Aaron for the first time in many years!
(Although the reviewer line above says I am from Claremont, CA, I emigrated to Tasmania 4 months ago and am now a resident of Hobart, TAS, Australia)
“Through the course of this book… these new knights of the round table learn to meet the challenges of life by rising to a new level of consciousness and deepening their awareness of the inner aspects of the masculine soul… The myth of the lone hero, who conquers all through the force of his will, is no longer the image the inspires the modern man in search of his soul. And the idealized feminine… is no longer seen as the sole source of nurturance, healing and wholeness for man. A new myth for a new time emerges in this book… of a soulful, life-generating, sensitive, and joyful man who is also potent, fierce, and powerful in the world… these men break out of the isolation that plagues so many contemporary men…
“‘Knights Without Armor weds ancient myths of masculinity to the subjective experience of modern men and the objective perspective of hundreds of studies from various scientific fields.Read more ›
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I was turned onto this book through a radio program and it does not disappoint. The book arrived in good condition as promised and arrived on time. Read morePublished on September 3, 2011 by ShoeLover