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Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche Paperback – April 16, 2013
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— Brian Thomas Swimme, coauthor with Thomas Berry of The Universe Story
Here, Bill Plotkin guides us into a landscape where we recognize the extraordinary gifts of our own true nature. Through his Nature-Based Map of the Human Psyche we can find not only our powers of leadership, joy, sensuality, and renewal, but also the dragons of self-deception whose energies we can liberate for the healing of our world.”
— Joanna Macy, coauthor of Active Hope
In Wild Mind, Bill Plotkin maps the relationship between the human psyche and the rest of nature — a task akin to painting a detailed portrait of a tree in a stiff wind. As in his other books, Plotkin writes with grace, eloquence, and humor. And through this brave effort to capture the wind, he makes an enormous contribution to our species.”
— Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods
About the Author
- Publisher : New World Library; 4.9.2013 edition (April 16, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1608681785
- ISBN-13 : 978-1608681785
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #102,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eberhardt's duet with Richie Havens, The Long Road, is a song about your soul calling you...when you soul knocks, it's time to start living my friends!
Most importantly, the insights provide actual tools to deal with problems and grow into a much more whole, healthy and joyous being. This is good stuff, not silly or fluffy.
Unfortunately way too much of it really confusing--not because the various aspects of the psyche are that difficult to understand, but rather, how Bill groups them and structures things was, for me, impossible to follow at times. 4 parts of this, and 3 parts of that, and another 4 of something else? North equals one thing, and south equals another, and we're supposed to keep it all straight. As I took notes in my computer, I spent considerable time simplifying lists.
I also went through the book and crossed out every mention of north, south, etc., other confusing words, some sentences, and the text. As a result, the text came alive again, and was a joy to read. It became much easier to understand. I spent the time doing the editing because the core messages of the book are so valuable, and so many of the insights are just excellent.
I recommend this product to all coaches of all specialties from sports to life to education.
I highly recommend this book to all counselors of any type from school to space station to government.
I don't need to recommend this book to professional psychologists or psychiatrists because they will already have bought it and read it, out of professional curiosity.
Besides having new concepts of mental and emotional health and integrating a lot of great and modern work by western psychologists, this book also integrates concepts now being taught by indigenous wisdom keepers.
This book is well written. It is not academic-speak but real-speak.
There was one chapter which, when I read it, experienced, "Oh my god! How did he get inside me and describe me to myself? I didn't think anyone else knew!" It was astonishing to discover a way of seeing deeper and vital aspects of myself in such a way that I felt acknowledged for their intrinsic value rather than pressure to conform to a more culturally defined norm of how I "should" be in the world. What an enormous relief!
And as a psychotherapist, I am also using this map of the psyche to guide my work. More than other psychological theories, using Plotkin's map of the psyche as a guide helps to bring a sense of moving toward wholeness as a natural developmental progression instead of fixing what's broken. Bringing us toward integration and contribution rather than maintainence and consumption.
I find myself hungry for this kind of perspective and understanding of the world and being human. And, I find that I can only
read a chunk of it at a time because there is so much to absorb and integrate.
This book also makes me want to grow wild, in every possible way, and I would love to participate in the Wild Mind training
program that is offered through the Animas Valley Institute. But, even if I can't do the training program, I have the book now -- something so meaningful, a master work full of real ways to cultivate my wild mind and participate in life's greater story and unfolding.
Top reviews from other countries
Plotkin compassionately embraces human limitations and shows a way up to improve its capacity, not only in the service of self but all of life....