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In her popular Goddesses in Every woman , Jungian analyst Bolen told females how to relate to the Aphrodite or Hera within them. Now she's back with more received wisdom from Mount Olympus, this time for men, as exemplified by such thunderbolts as: "An Apollo man isn't much of a lover"; "The Zeus man prides himself on seeing the bigger picture"; "A Hermes man finds settling down difficult." Her attempt to systematically map a masculine psychology based on archetypes personified by Greek gods is at least as simplistic as sun-sign astrology but often sounds more vapid. She does instant readings on celebs too: John Belushi and Jim Morrison, "public Dionysus figures," burned out and didn't survive their midlife crises; Robert Kennedy "had an Ares streak," which did not endear him to the Mafia, and so forth. Photos. $40,000 ad/promo; author tour.
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"A fascinating book....Novel, visionary and helpful." -- --San Francisco Chronicle

"This book will help you discover the mythic depth that is the wellspring of your life." -- --Sam Keen, author of Fire in the Belly
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Perennial Library ed edition (April 9, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060972807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060972806
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 15, 1997
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I am hardly a literary critic. I'm just a 38 year old husband and father and the product of an extremely unfortunate childhood. I bought this book and couldn't put it down. If you're a guy, you'll find yourself described among the author's pages and you'll see yourself a bit differently as a man. It's really refreshing and inspiring. I know my life has changed. If you're a woman, you'll probably understand the man you love, whether he's your mate, your son or father, a bit better. It's a great book. :
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I recently finished reading Jean Shinoda Bolen's book on archetypes in women over 50 and found it to be exceptional. I purchased other of her work and this one on men's archetypes is providing me, as a woman, insight into the male behaviour. I find it to be very informative. She has a way of describing the archetypes that grasps your thoughts and runs with them.
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This book, together with its companion volume "Gods in EveryWoman" have been foundational in my understanding of my experience of clinical depression. The experience of Persephone speaks very powerfully. Following her myth through I also found that Hades and Dionysus spoke powerfully as well. I have either bought or borrowed every book or article she makes reference to in my myths and some she doesn't. Her evocation of those Gods and Goddesses does justice to all the sources I have found. This is profound stuff.
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This gives a detailed history of the Gods of ancient Greece, and their counterparts in Rome. Tells the birth of Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. Tells what came before them, and tells the origins of the other Olympian Deities - Ares, Aphrodite, Athena, Apollo, Dionysus, Hermes and Hephaestus. The myths alone are worth reading the book, but there is much more.

Each God is symbolic, for the Most Potent Qualities of the Masculine Psyche. The Gods are the personification of the Eternal Traits of Masculinity. Any man can relate to Zeus, Poseidon and Hades to some degree, though most favor one of the three. The strong domineering types relate most to Zeus, Those with deep feelings prefer Poseidon, and Introverts favor Hades. Olympus, the Ocean, and the Underworld are used as metaphors for for the unconscious and subconscious minds.

The lesser deities are also used. Their Myths embody the Timeless Tales, the stories that repeat in every generation. Dionysus, Hermes, and Apollo are the embodiment of the out going social actions. Ares is the personification of the Warrior Personality - he's both a protector and destroyer. Hephaestus represents the craftsman, and artist. He embodies men who express themselves through work/creativity.

Every man can have a connection to one, or more, of the Gods. If he can identify the Archetypes he favors, he can then activate them, and harness their power. He can have The Divine Maleness flowing through his Mind, Heart, and Soul.
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One of my favorite Jungian authors has written a book that I keep giving away. I have given it to young fathers trying to understand their sons, I have given it to friends trying to understand themselves, I have given it to collegues trying to understand their patients, and I give it to myself by reading every now and then.
If you want a framework, a language, a reference point to understand and discuss men's issues....this a great book. I used it in a workshop I led for psychiatric residents and for three years heard references to it in our discussions and supervision.
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Bolen's work helps me understand men. After multiple re-readings, I'm still finding it fascinating and helpful. I find it more helpful than any other self-help psychology book and I've read a lot of those.
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My wife had read her goddesses in every woman and recommended this book to me. It was highly readable and enjoyable. I think any male reader would find himself in part or whole in the descriptions in the book.
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"Gods in Everyman" by Jean Shinoda Bolen will be a permanent reference book for me. Invaluable information for navigating relationships with everyone in our life experiences.
This book is organised beautifully and easy to use. I have used this book for about six months now as research for writing.
Perfect for gift giving.
Thank you Jean Shinoda Bolen!
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