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Gods in Everyman: Archetypes That Shape Mens Lives Paperback – April 9, 1993
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"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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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.
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.
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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