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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 3 Sub edition (July 8, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062515551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062515551
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D., is the Director of the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership and a Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Her publications include The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By Educating the Majority: Challenging Tradition in Higher Education, co-edited by Donna L. Shavlik and Judith G. Touchton); Awakening the Heroes Within: Twelve Archetypes that Help Us Find Ourselves and Transform Our World; Magic At Work: Camelot, Creative Leadership and Everyday Miracles; The Hero and the Outlaw: Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes, co-authored by Margaret Mark; Mapping the Organizational Psyche: A Jungian Theory of Organizational Dynamics and Change, co-authored by John Corlett; and What Story Are You Living? Co-authored by Hugh Marr. Her books are widely translated. She lives with her husband of 33 years close to her three married children and four grandchildren.


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Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized scholar and well-known author of numerous books, among them the bestselling The Hero Within, Awakening the Heroes Within, the Hero and the Outlaw, and Magic at Work. Her newest book is The Transforming Leader, an edited collection of cutting edge essays on the challenges facing leaders in the 21st century that grew out of the Fetzer Institute's Leadership for Transformation Project, for which she was principal investigator. The Transforming Leader was honored by the International Leadership Association for for making a significant contribution to the field of leadership.

Dr. Pearson previously was executive vice president and provost and later president of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. She has been a senior administrator and professor at higher education institutions including the University of Colorado, the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, and Goucher College; a consultant for multinational corporations and government agencies; and a popular public speaker and workshop leader. Before going to Pacifica, she was executive director of the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland, a professor in the UM School of Public Policy, and a member of the executive committee of the International Leadership Association. Earlier in her career, she was President of CASA: the Center for Archetypal Studies and Applications; President of Meristem, a nonprofit educational organization; and senior editor of The Inner Edge: A Resource for Enlightened Business Practice. She currently lives in Santa Barbara with her husband of 39 years.

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Very interesting and informative read.
Catherine Singer
As you grow and change you get to add themes that will further deepen your awareness and make your life richer and fuller.
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I gained so much insight from this book that I recommend this to anyone that will listen.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is one of my all-time favorite books, and one of my favorite books to recommend to people. Pearson explains the Hero and the Heroic Archetypes (Warrior, Wanderer, etc.) in a clear and down-to-earth way. This is the easiest, most straightfoward, introduction I have found to Jungian and archetypal psychology. It presents powerful life-altering ideas in a readily accessible format. This book is an excellent introduction to Jungian thought. It is excellent for anyone who feels "stuck" in life. It is wonderful for people who want to understand themselves and others more deeply, especially with regard to developing higher possibilities. It is a book which helps you discover, and encourages you to pursue, what is most admirable within you.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1999
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This book really helped me to embrace the different stages in life and showed me how to grow into who I want to be. It not only restored my faith in "This to shall pass", but showed me how and why. It helped me to accept the lessons I needed to know then and now. It is a book I give to friends when they hit the wall. There is nothing better I can do for them.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Pierulla on August 5, 2000
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From the perspective of an educator who deals with students who range from young adult to fify somethings in a community college setting I found this an invaluable resource. I feel the work is of immese value as it always requires that you evaluate your current perspective and superimpose it upon those your are dealing with. If one can read through this text without repositioning their own parameters it would amazing.
It would be of particular value for anyone trying to determine their place in the overall scheme of things. The sixties manta, "the family of man on the spaceship earth," could aptly be used to subtitle this work.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alianna J. Maren on July 14, 2012
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"The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By," by Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D., continues to have a significant message for all adults undergoing personal development. This is an excellent, and should be a primary, resource for persons engaged in their own life-journey, for students of archetypal pathways, and for counselors, teachers (of adults), coaches, and guides. This book should in particular be part of the select handful of books that life coaches, success gurus, and other facilitators for adult personal growth reference and recommend on a regular basis.

The great value of this book is its combined accessibility and compact, useful presentation of each early archetypal stage. Many current works present various archetypal modes as being more-or-less on a par with each other. Pearson's diagrams of growth from Innocent through Orphan to Wanderer, then through Warrior and Martyr, up to the culminating Magician, show an intuitively logical yet practical pattern. Her discussion of the "Magician" is perhaps one of the best in the field, and because it is placed as a culminating state towards which these other archetypal modes evolve, it has a special resonance. Later works, positing the "Magician" amidst other archetypes (e.g., "Empress/Queen" or "Hedonist/Love-Goddess/Courtesan"), give the "Magician" role its due - but miss the significance of reaching the "Magician" state in a person's overall evolution.

Pearson's identification of the strengths and values of the "Martyr" role help many - particularly women, who are often "Martyrs" when sacrificing for their families while the children are young - to see the significance of this stage, and to cherish the time spent in the "Martyr" mode.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Rundle on January 30, 2003
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I had to read this book for a class, otherwise I likely would never had chosen it. I was extremely pleased with its content, and found that I had experienced all of the archetypal stages in my life in some form or another. My fellow classmates were equally pleased. As a matter of fact, one student in particular went so far as to tatoo the Chinese symbol for the Warrior on his bicep.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Collins on March 21, 2008
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Pearson offers the best example of how to apply the hero myth in our lives. Like all Modern theorist she gives excellent examples of the structure and fuction of the hero myth and how to apply it to improve relationships in your life. Most people will find themselves a better person having read this book.

You do not have to be an expert on the hero myth to gain key insights from this book. Segal's book, In Quest of the Hero, is an excellent place to start if you want to understand the hero myth from a Classical perspective.

In fact, educators and therapists should have both this book, Segal's book, Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces: Commemorative Edition (Bollingen Series (General)) and my book, The Hero Myth Revisited

Also, Pearson has a great companion book,Awakening the Heroes Within: Twelve Archetypes to Help Us Find Ourselves and Transform Our World If you enjoyed her "Hero Within" book, get the companion book.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gary Caton on January 18, 2009
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I am a professional astrologer and I use this material with my clients all the time. It is always met with keen interest and is usually an instantly vitalizing experience. Just the knowledge that there are other ways to engage with life is sometimes all it takes to get people fired up! As Bob Dylan once said: "He who is not busy being born is busy dying."

The re-birth that people experience via this material is testament to its archetypal nature. Astrology has 4 elements which match the 4 heroic paths (the innocent and orphan are really pre-heroic). Fire=Warrior, Air=Wanderer, Water=Martyr & Earth=Magician. Your astrology chart can help tell you how to access each of these archetypes and re-vivify your life by busying yourself being born into each of them.
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