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Awakening the Heroes Within: Twelve Archetypes to Help Us Find Ourselves and Transform Our World Paperback – October 13, 2015
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About the Author
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 forthcoming book, Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within, will be published in October 2015 and is available for advance orders.
Dr. Pearson's most recent book, The Transforming Leader, is 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 40 years.
- Publisher : HarperOne; First Edition, First Pinting (October 13, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062506781
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062506788
- Item Weight : 1.11 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.37 x 0.96 x 9.26 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #40,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am now able to call myself out on my own bullsh*t and I kid you not, I'll say things like, "Ok, my inner warrior just came out, but I need to make sure I balance it with my inner caregiver." or "I am definitely a sage right now but I need to make sure I don't become its shadow form: the self-righteous, holier-than-thou, know-it-all type."
I am not a therapist or psychologist, but I am an empath and I truly believe this book is helping me help others simply by being more empathetic. This helps me relate to my loved ones who WANT to grow and make positive changes, and I can immediately tell which archetype they're using more of and which are more repressed. It sounds ridiculous when I type it like that, but if you want to gain a deeper and more objective understanding of WHO you are and WHY you do the things you do, you've got to read this book. This will help you become brutally and honestly loving with yourself, which I think is vital if we want to help others do the same. Thank you, Dr. Carol Pearson for sharing your insight.
I did not agree with Pearson's statements about truth being relative (e.g., pages 213, 215). Truth is not relative. There are universal and absolute truths. If there are no universal truths then her whole concept of archetypes is utterly destroyed and this book is worthless because if there are no universal truths then there is no collective unconscious and there are no archetypes, just random and unique personality traits in people that bear some similarities to one another.
Also, the last couple of chapters about gender and culture felt like an attempt to make a political statement. "Patriarchy has brought us many gifts, but without the current rise of the female, it was bringing us to the brink of disaster." Pearson says that "we are all aware" that an overemphasis on Warrior values (attributed mostly to men) have brought us to the brink of nuclear war and that "gynocentric" societies, which were always caring and inventive, have been enslaved and disempowered by patriarchal societies. Sounds to me like she's blaming men for a violent world. If women don't have enough Warrior and men have too much Warrior and Warrior is what is leading us to world disaster, then men are responsible, correct? She says this while at the same time arguing that women are too passive (too much Caregiver) and need to develop the Warrior archetype. If we are in such bad shape, then it is dangerous to encourage anyone to develop the Warrior archetype.
There is wisdom in this book, you just need to know what to parse out.
Purchaser can take the Heroic Myth Index (HMI; I am not sure how this differs from the PMAI, a proprietary instrument) to find out what archetypes are strongest in you. It is an interesting activity. The description of each archetypes tells about its spiritual journey. Self-growth exercises are proposed at the end of the chapter. As well, Pearson includes useful background information about achieving inner balance. The writing is sometimes a bit stodgy, and I prefer more examples. This is outweighed by Pearson's credentials as a professional whose research has contributed to our understanding and use of archetypes as tools for personal understanding and growth.
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