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The King Within: Accessing the King in the Male Psyche Paperback – March 7, 2007
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In spite of the frustrating double-audience flaw, The King Within is a fascinating, groundbreaking work of Jungian scholarship on the male mind. Building on their original work, "King, Warrior, Magician, Lover," Moore and Gillette examine the king archetype in depth, looking at neuroscience and the history of world civilizations to support their theory, and then discussing how healthy and unhealthy aspects of the archetype manifest in daily life. At the end, Moore and Gillette return to their four-fold model of the male psyche and, considering many developmental configurations, they show how individuals can overcome their weaknesses and progress toward wholeness.
Sometimes the book feels too academic to be useful, but then a chapter later there are incredibly powerful tools that can motivate profound growth.
The final model of wholeness that Moore and Gillette put forth--the "Optimal Personality," where all four archetypes are smoothly integrated--is a massively inspiring goal to move toward, and it's humbling yet helpful to identify how far I have to go and where I come up short in this system. It's also fascinating to consider the four archetypes at work in family and friends, and how their strengths and weaknesses might affect me.
Flaws aside, this is a powerful series. I'm reading "King, Warrior, Magician, Lover" next, and I'll be keeping a close eye out for reprints of the other three works.
Moore and Gillette are onto something big here.
Copious examples of King qualities ranging in leaders from the Far East to American shores are given in the middle of the book which are actually quite enlightening and though similar to one another, not redundant.
Some time is spent, thankfully, explaining Jungian Archetypal theory, and the role said theory plays in the authors' development of their central argument, that a man desires to access the Archetypal King without completely identifying with the role. Again, thankfully, the authors make it clear one should 'access' the King energy without completely identifying with the Archetype...which could land one in a psychiatric ward in short order.
In addition, chapters are devoted to the Shadow sides of the King, the high chair Tyrant and the effete Weakling. So our two writers do us justice by pointing out the complexities one faces when attempting to access this King energy.
So, the goal ultimately becomes not to be King (which after all, in the day and age we are living in, would only last one day) but rather to be a 'Generative Man' who, accessing King energy, empowers and inspires those around him and uses the destructive energy of the King to aid those who most need help.
It is said when one is ready, the Teacher(s) will arrive.
I was ready. Are you?