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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; 1 edition (August 24, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874779332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874779332
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Angeles Arrien is an anthropologist, educator, and award-winning author. She is also a consultant to corporations, organizations, and schools such as the Wharton Business School, Motorola Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Labs, the Fetzer Institute, and the Kellogg Foundation. She lives in San Francisco.

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Very clear and easy to do.
Evelyn M Misner
I recommend this book to artists who are interested in finding out ways to express their personal vision.
Rosemary A. Luckett
Once again Angeles inspires and soothes my soul with her beautiful and powerful writing.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary A. Luckett on January 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
I recommend this book to artists who are interested in finding out ways to express their personal vision. Expanding on Arien's initial exercise of arranging the five shapes, one can develop images that come from the center of one's life rather than from outside influences. It goes without saying that a person feels better when he/she understands why he/she feel more comfortable (or uneasy)with certain aspects of their lives. This simple book can help a person to know and understand where they are in life and how they might have gotten there. I go back to it every few months and use it in teaching art classes and in art retreats.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By jscanlan@ncal.verio.com on July 21, 1999
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I would recommend this book to anyone who is in process of self examination. The simplicity of the use belies the depth of the information that can be extracted from Ms Arrein's analysis. Her use of "universal" symbols clears away much of the overburden of intellectual understanding and cultural training that colors our perceptions of the world. The work in this book cuts through to base emotions and drives. This book will improve your understanding of your motivations in all aspects of your life.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 1999
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This was one of the books that picked me instead of me picking it. I feel like it was my fate to posess this book. It helps me view my soul as if I was looking through spiritual glasses. And of course being creatures of change, what we see is different from time, even within ourselves. This book remarkably brings to the reader knowledge or information that is not commonly found in this society. Very reflective and definately a great tool when on path to personal enlightment.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Rose Upczak (synchron@csd.net) on August 17, 1999
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Once again Angeles inspires and soothes my soul with her beautiful and powerful writing. This book is a treasure and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the language of the Universe.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 1998
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As an art teacher, I encourage adult students to read this book so as to begin to understand how to express through art what is inside them. This is in contrast to making art by looking at something in the outside world and duplicating it in some way. I have found that most students respond favorably to the shapes assay. They are intigued by how close the shape preferences do actually mirror where they are in their lives. A great book! I recommend it highly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patricia L. Gomavitz on May 17, 2011
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I have always been fascinated by these archetypal symbols and her explanations were illuminating. The Preferential Shapes Test using the five universal shapes is an effective tool that can be used to determine the connection between a person's preferences for certain shapes and the same person's inner, subjective states. The results were not only clarifying but right on for me personally. I have been a student of her books/CD's and found this as spiritually rewarding as her other teachings. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Host on November 7, 2011
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This book is really a fun thing to pull out at a gathering. So fun for everyone to find out where they are in their life! I cut out the shapes so that its more fun than just drawing them.
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