Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., is an internationally known Jungian analyst, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, and a former member of the board of the Ms. Foundation for Women. She lives in Mill Valley, California. Contact jean Bolen at jeanbolen.com.
Gods in Everymanby Jean Shinoda, M.D. Bolen M.D.
In this challenging and enlightening companion volume to the bestselling Goddesses in Everywoman, Jean Shinoda Bolen turns her attention to the powerful inner patterns--or archetypes--that shape men's personalities, careers, and personal relationships. Viewing these archtypes as the inner counterparts of the outer world of cultural stereotypes, she/i>… See more details below
In this challenging and enlightening companion volume to the bestselling Goddesses in Everywoman, Jean Shinoda Bolen turns her attention to the powerful inner patterns--or archetypes--that shape men's personalities, careers, and personal relationships. Viewing these archtypes as the inner counterparts of the outer world of cultural stereotypes, she demonstrates how men an women can gain an nvaluable sense of wholeness and integration when what they do is consistent with who they are. Dr. Bolen introduces these patterns in the guise of eight archetypal gods, or personality types, with whom the reader will identify. From the authoritarian power-seeking gods (Zeus, Poseidon) to the gods of creativity (Apollo, Hephaestus) to the sensual Dionysus, Dr. Bolen shows men how to identify their ruling gods, how to decide which to cultivate and which to overcome, and how to tap thepwer of these enduring archetypes in order to enrich and strengthen their lives. She also stresses the importance of understanding which gods you are attracted to and which are compatible with your expectations, uncovers the origins of the often-difficult father-son relationship, and explores society's deep conflict between nurturing behavior and the need to foster masculinity.
In Gods in Everyman Dr. Bolen presents us with a compassionate and lucid male psychology that will help all men and women to better understand themselves and their relationships with their fathers, their sons, their brothers, and their lovers.
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This gives a detailed history of the Gods of ancient Greece, and their counterparts in Rome. Tells the birth of Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. Tells what came before them, and tells the origins of the other Olympian Deities - Ares, Aphrodite, Athena, Apollo, Dionysus, Hermes and Hephaestus. The myths alone are worth reading the book, but there is much more. Each God is symbolic, for the Most Potent Qualities of the Masculine Psyche. The Gods are the personification of the Eternal Traits of Masculinity. Any man can relate to Zeus, Poseidon and Hades to some degree, though most favor one of the three. The strong domineering types relate most to Zeus, Those with deep feelings prefer Poseidon, and Introverts favor Hades. Olympus, the Ocean, and the Underworld are used as metaphors for for the unconscious and subconscious minds. The lesser deities are also used. Their Myths embody the Timeless Tales, the stories that repeat in every generation. Dionysus, Hermes, and Apollo are the embodiment of the out going social actions. Ares is the personification of the Warrior Personality - he's both a protector and destroyer. Hephaestus represents the craftsman, and artist. He embodies men who express themselves through work/creativity. Every man can have a connection to one, or more, of the Gods. If he can identify the Archetypes he favors, he can then activate them, and harness their power. He can have The Divine Maleness flowing through his Mind, Heart, and Soul.
This book taught me so much about greek gods and mostly about myself. Thie book is a self help and pyscology book. It is intuitive and will help yiu learn so many thimgs that ulyou didnt knowabout yourself. Very much worth the money. You should have everyone you know read this book. Im 15 and i understand everything in this book so you can too :)