Psyche and Eros: Mind and Gender in the Life Course

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Asserting that the core experience of development differs along gender lines, the classical Greek myth of the gods Psyche and Eros serves as an evocative illustration of the author's theory, which argues that competition between masculine and feminine parts of the mind has limited developmental growth.
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"...delightful to read....The special contribution of this volume rests in its intelligent melding of mythic narrative and empirical science in the retelling."-Elizabeth A. Stine, Contemporary Psychology

"Particularly attractive is the way she uses religion and mythology, as well as literature, psychology and philosophy throughout her work. The work ends with a valuable bibliography and an index." Journal of Indo-European Studies

"Particularly attractive is the way she uses religion and mythology, as well as literature, psychology and philosophy throughout her work. The work ends with a valuable bibliography and an index." The Journal of Indo-European Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521433402
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Prelude 1
2 The rage of Aphrodite: The vertical mind 23
3 The marriage of death: Ascent and loss in development 64
4 Night and day: Reason and gender 115
5 Knife and lamp: Mythos rediscovered 161
6 Psyche's trials: The transformation of desire 208
7 Postlude: The sacred marriage 253
Appendix: List of goddesses, gods, other mythological figures, and sacred sites 271
Notes 281
References 299
Author index 323
Subject index 329
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