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'An excellent and useful book about the course our psychological development can take... .it is an evolutionary archetypal psychology.' Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., author of Goddesses in Everywoman and Gods in Everyman

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The Classic Guide, Updated for Our Contemporary World

A modern classic of Jungian psychology, "The Hero Within" has helped hundreds of thousands of people enrich their lives by revealing how to tap the power of the archetypes that exist within. Drawing from literature, anthropology, and psychology, author Carol S. Pearson clearly defines six heroic archetypes-- the Innocent, the Orphan, the Wanderer, the Warrior, the Altruist, and the Magician-- and shows how we can use these powerful guides to discover our own hidden gifts, solve difficult problems, and transform our lives with rich sources of inner strength.

This book will speak deeply to the evolving hero in all of us and reverberate through every part of our lives. With poignant wisdom and prolific examples, it gives us enduring tools to help us develop our own innate heroic gifts-- the Orphan's resilience, the Wanderer's independence, the Warrior's courage, the Altruist's compassion, the Innocent's faith, and the Magician's abiding power.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperElixir; 3 Sub edition (October 13, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062515551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062515551
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 new book, Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within, was published in October 2015.

Dr. Pearson previous book, The Transforming Leader, is an edited collection of cutting edge essays on the challenges facing leaders in the 21st century. It 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 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 and her husband currently live in the Washington, DC area.

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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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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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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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"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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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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This book in essence for me was a life changer. Friends of mine recommended the book to me. I was somewhat skeptical of the concepts when one of them kept repeating "we're magicians, we're magicians!" I said to myself "witchcraft?!" oh nah this book is not for me. I stand corrected, this book is for EVERYONE! I could not stop myself from turning the next page. Each page revealed another secret behind the human psyche and all the potential we possess if we listen to our archetypes and the experiences that we face throughout our lives. I can understand myself and others with a clearer conscience because of this book. The author is witty, thoughtful, and filled with so much wisdom. Excellent read. This book will reside amongst my favorite reads!
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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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