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King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine Paperback – August 16, 1991
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The corporate "yes man," the wife-beater, the hot-shot male junior executive and the emotionally distant father are all boys pretending to be men, observe the authors of this liberating guide to self-transformation. Writing within a Jungian framework, they perceive symptoms of "Boycaps per book psychology" all around us--in men's abusive behaviors, passivity and inability to act creatively. To help males become more nurturing and mature, Moore and Gillette identify four archetypes of masculine energies from myth and literature: the Lover, brimming with vitality and sensitivity; the Magician, guider of the processes of inner and outer transformation; the selfless and wise King identified with Adam or primordial man; and the Warrior, whose energies often go awry in destructive activity. Dream analysis, meditation, Jungian "active imagination" and ritual processes are among the tools set forth in a clear, concise map to territories of masculine selfhood. Moore is a professor of psychology and religion at Chicago's Theological Seminary, Gillette is cofounder of the Chicago-based Institute for World Spirituality. Illustrated.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I get the idea of archetypes, and I generally enjoy the mythopoetic approach because at its heart is story telling. Yet, archetypes are a lot more interesting when Joseph Campbell tells the story of the Green Knight than they are when Robert Moore presents them as models for masculine values/behavior. Campbell tells stories to illustrate how the archetypes work. Here, Moore takes an idea of modelling that is implicit in Campbell and maintains that the archetypes he has chosen are excellent models for personal growth.
Moore builds a hierarchy of positive attributes for each of the archetypes listed in the title of his book. These attributes are presented juxtaposed with the archetype's "antithetical/negative" aspects, called the shadow aspects (Carl G. Jung). Moore wants us to identify when our behavior is "acting out" shadow aspects of our personality. That shadow behavior is immature. To be mature we need to change our behavior and be more like one of the confident adult archetypes listed in the book's title and less like a solipsistic youth. Moore parses out the "archetypal values" for each of his four characters. What Moore does is straight forward and easily applied. In essence, are you acting like a man or like a boy? Here, according to Moore, is how grown men act according to the four defining masculine roles they must fulfill.
But I digress for the sake of levity. King, Warrior is a fascinating book dealing with the male psyche and how we mature from boys to men. We as men develop with a primary archetype but eventually encompass all four archetypes. The authors also detail what I call the "contra" or disordered archetype. Most men will readily see themselves defined both as boys or adolescents and then as men. I certainly could pick out my personality
I also highly recommend the book to women who have been or are currently in a heterosexual relationship. Guys, if you think women are difficult to understand...............well the female gender does not have "an exclusive" on this. Plus really, the goal of every human on the planet should be getting along with others and to do that you have to understand yourself. Identifying the real issue is halfway to solving it.
Boys these days have no healthy role models, or any rites of passage. They're starved for Strong, Wise, Nourishing Masculinity. Also, as the book observed, Feminists have Demonized Masculinity itself. They don't see any value in Masculinity, all they see is it's weaknesses or it's shadow side.
The Shadow Sides of Masculinity are the Tyrant, the Sadist, the Manipulator, and the Sex Addict. These are the examples most boys are left with. The ones who don't become those are left without a reason to believe in anything. They become the Weaklings, the Masochists, and the Impotent.
Either way countless Boys are without any ideas of what Maturity is, much less Healthy Role models for Mature-Masculinity.
This book has powerful insight into the Male Psyche. It uses the Archetypes of King, Warrior, Magician and Lover. Then gives powerful examples of each. These 4 are the essence of the Role Models boys need. It goes on to explain how even those who never had any Wise Elders can use Biographies, Documentaries and the books written by the Wise to build healthy Archetypes.
The world needs this book even more now than when it was published.
Now whenever I hear the word "hero" it makes me think more deeply about the actual meaning of the character / role. The Dark Knight was recently on TV, and Alfred has a line speaking to Rachel, where he says:
"Perhaps both Bruce and Mr. Dent believe that Batman stands for something more important than a terrorist's whims, Miss Dawes, even if everyone hates him for it. That's the sacrifice he's making - to not be a hero. To be something more."
This line particularly stood out and I recalled all the knowledge in this book about the Hero archetype. There are many other examples of archetype mentions in media, and it has brought me to a greater depth of understanding each time I hear something like this mentioned.
The book may also be a great use for fiction writers because each archetype shows up as a fictional character in the most well-known series: The High-Chair Tyrant: Dudley from Harry Potter. The addicted Lover: Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen from Dune. There are many others.
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