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  • Paperback: 38 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (March 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 110572090X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1105720901
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 8.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,850,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kiersten Marek is a clinical social worker and writer living in Cranston, Rhode Island. She specializes in identity development for all ages. She has published fiction online and in print, and blogs on issues related to health, literature, and community at Kmareka.com. "Know Thyself" is Kiersten's first book. She is now working on a cookbook for emotional wellness.

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Very kid-friendly book with wonderful illustrations by a child!
Laura
The information about the archetypes really helps children (and adults) understand aspects of themselves and their feelings.
Bonnie Jo Davis
On a whim, I brought Marek's book to his bedside, and he loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marybeth Rua-Larsen on August 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
Kids need more opportunities to reflect on their own behavior and consider the consequences of it, and this workbook, Know Thyself: A Kid's Guide To The Archetypes by Kiersten Marek, offers them that opportunity in a fun, informative and non-confrontational way. The workbook, with simple, expressive line illustrations drawn by Marek's teenage daughter, Katrina, is a learning tool utilizing Carl Jung's personality archetypes. Each of the twelve archetypes is defined in direct, easy-to-understand language, and children are offered numerous ways to explore each archetype, including a thought-provoking quote, journaling space to reflect on the archetype and a rating scale to measure their own feelings of intensity on that particular archetype. Marek's real purpose is to get kids thinking and become reflective individuals, and she does an excellent job of offering them a variety of ways to explore each archetype, such as designing their own town (The Leader), volunteering in a soup kitchen (The Wounded Child), researching family history (The Explorer) and many other interactive activities that allow children to reflect and make thoughtful decisions about their behavior.

The workbook can be used in many ways, and Marek outlines those, offering suggestions to both parents and therapists and discussing how the workbook might be adapted for children of various ages. If we hope to empower our children, to help them make sensitive and thoughtful decisions about their own behavior and assess the behavior of others, then Marek has offered us a fine way to begin that process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn K on August 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
This workbook (it actually can be used as a coloring book, too) takes a complex concept--Jung's vision of human personality archetypes--and presents it in an approachable, kid-friendly way. Enduring and essential symbols of identity, such as the Warrior, the Artist, and the Explorer, are used to illustrate aspects of personality that children will recognize in themselves, their family, and their friends. The straightforward, jargon-free text and simple, appealing pictures can help children understand emotions and behaviors that may at times be confusing or overwhelming. The author includes questions, quotes, advice and activities that young readers can use to understand their own identity and find healthy ways to deal with emotions.

While middle-grade through middle-school students will find "Know Thyself" easy to read on their own, this is really a book that should be shared and discussed with parents, caregivers, or therapists helping kids find their own answer to the eternal question: "Who am I?"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann on January 11, 2014
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I ordered this book for my 12-year-old and shared it with him, in a very lowkey manner, around the new year. He went through the book the first day (on his own) and gave it back to me filled in ... so it's given us some interesting things to share and talk about. I think it's really important to do these with kids, including boys, and for youth to continue to know they can share and discuss or think about themselves in ways like this. So much of how kids are defined these days seems to be along the lines of bully/target/victim/dumb/smart, etc - the archetypes are a refreshing and positive approach. This can be shared in a lowkey way and makes a good conversation starter / thinking piece for a kid growing up. A different way for children to process the world and think about their place in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Jo Davis VINE VOICE on March 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
I was pleased to receive a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Kiersten Marek, LICSW. Kiersten is a social worker who works with adults, children and families. She had the brilliant idea to create a book about archetypes for children that included pictures they could color. The book is laid out beautifully and is illustrated by the author's daughter. Children are encouraged to color the pictures included with the information about each archetype and to provide a rating for how much they identify with each archetype.

How I wish I had a book like this when I was a child. The information about the archetypes really helps children (and adults) understand aspects of themselves and their feelings. I was particularly interested in the material that covered both the negative and positive aspects of each archetype as the child would experience them. If your child is in therapy or has a difficult time expressing herself/himself then this book is a fantastic tool that will help them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Kennedy on December 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be outstanding and I just wished I had this in my childhood to work out the trauma even back then from being abused. It allows the reader to work out their feelings and understand them.
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