Absent Fathers, Lost Sons; The Search for Masculine Identity

Absent Fathers, Lost Sons; The Search for Masculine Identity

by Guy Corneau
     
 

An experience of the fragility of conventional images of masculinity is something many modern men share. Psychoanalyst Guy Corneau traces this experience to an even deeper feeling men have of their fathers' silence or absence—sometimes literal, but especially emotional and spiritual. Why is this feeling so profound in the lives of the postwar "baby

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An experience of the fragility of conventional images of masculinity is something many modern men share. Psychoanalyst Guy Corneau traces this experience to an even deeper feeling men have of their fathers' silence or absence—sometimes literal, but especially emotional and spiritual. Why is this feeling so profound in the lives of the postwar "baby boom" generation—men who are now approaching middle age? Because, he says, this generation marks a critical phase in the loss of the masculine initiation rituals that in the past ensured a boy's passage into manhood. In his engaging examination of the many different ways this missing link manifests in men's lives, Corneau shows that, for men today, regaining the essential "second birth" into manhood lies in gaining the ability to be a father to themselves—not only as a means of healing psychological pain, but as a necessary step in the process of becoming whole.

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"This is a clear and thought-provoking book, a synthesis of much recent literature on masculine identity that should appeal to a broad readership—women as well as men."—Jim Boothroyd, The Montreal Gazette

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877736035
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1991
Series:
C. G. Jung Foundation Books Series
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,358,818
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

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