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The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By Paperback – October 13, 2015
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is not bad however some of it is a little hard for me to understand. Had to ask therapist about it.Published 13 months ago by Shelley
I would skip this book and purchase the more in depth version: Awakening The Heroes Within.Published 16 months ago by LG
Great book for people who are interested in learning about themselves or are not normally introspective. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Crangaso