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Posted June 9, 2013
This book truly inspired me! If you are looking to become your most authentic self then you will love this book.
She teaches that the quest for identity is first deeply pondered in adolescence. The "soul" of a teen or young adult bursting with creative desire attempts to break free from parental and societal "ego" structures that feel confining. If the answers to the questions are not clear or the soul's determination not strong enough, the young person resigns to conforming to established social norms and conditioned cultural and family expectations or rebels against them. The ego takes charge - "Go to college, get a good job, get married, have kids," and so on or "No way am I doing that". When this happens, the soul's quest to be free goes underground, often to reemerge in midlife. At midlife, the conflict between the long entrenched ego and the freedom starved soul often manifests as a "midlife crisis".
Ms. Accad described me perfectly, I had continuous, "oh that is so me" throughout the book and so many "ah ha" moments. The hair stood up on my neck as I marked many passages. I loved all of her stories that illustrated her compassionate teachings on learning how to become your true self. Her own her personal stories were quite moving.
I will continue to refer to The Call of the Soul for a long time. It's a keeper.
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