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The Six Archetypes of Love: From Innocent to Magician Paperback – September 1, 2008
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Allan G. Hunter is a therapist and a professor of literature at Curry College in Massachusetts. He is the author of Joseph Conrad and the Ethics of Darwinism, Life Passages, The Sanity Manual, and Stories We Need to Know.
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Two aspects of this book make it even more impressive. First, Dr. Hunter also uses plenty of examples to shed more light on his archetypes. The reader sees how the different profiles exist in folklore and classic literature as well as real life. This makes the material more believable and authentic - to the point that the reader will view Dr. Hunter as an expert on the subject matter.
Second, the tone of the book is informative and intelligent yet easy to understand. Dr. Hunter handles the wisdom and weight of his material with gentleness and skill, and it's evident that he wishes to guide the reader rather than instruct or criticize. He wants us to be open to his suggestions - and his tone allows this to happen with little effort.
I enjoy books that I can use as learning tools, and "The Six Archetypes of Love" is no exception. This book is a must-read for anyone who does not mind learning more about themselves and is seeking those ever-elusive answers to questions about love... They may just find the answers here!
Dr. Hunter has chosen a myriad of examples from literature, religion, pop culture and even the occult, not as sources of truth but as examples of common threads that humans cling to because they resonate. They speak to something within us. It is not enough to write a love story or a parable or even to illustrate a tarot card, each has to ring true or it is discarded and forgotten.
In this very accessible and clear book, Dr. Hunter walks us through phases of emotional development as they relate directly to love (in all its incarnations). In each, he tells us well-known tales from around the world, that illustrate the sorts of thinking common to that phase. At no point does he tell us that a particular phase is bad. In fact, The last phase needs to link right back to all the others, taking what's most valuable from each. Instead, Dr. Hunter asks us to consider whether we see both the good and challenging parts of our current state and suggests that we consider looking at what else could be a part of our lives. Ultimately, he asks that we not only seek our own happiness, but that we strive to bring happiness to others as well.
For the person seeking the sort of book that will claim "10 Easy Steps to Happiness and Tighter Abs" this book will leave you wanting. There are no special diets or subliminal audio recordings, promising instant gratification. But what this book can offer is a look at how our ancestors and our decedents have always and will always face the same sorts of emotional challenges in love as we do today, and you will see those challenges repeated in stories, media, religion, and by the end of the book, yourself.
Allan's book is about an absorbing and especially important question during these difficult times - How do we grow in love?
Using the archetypes, the author explores how our concept and practice of love evolves as we mature spiritually. In the Warrior-Lover, Monarch Pair and Magician chapters, he shows us what love could look like in our relationships and in our society.
He certainly gives the reader a worthy goal to strive towards!