The Wounded Woman: Healing the Father-Daughter Relationship

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This book is an invaluable key to self-understanding. Using examples from her own life and the lives of her clients, as well as from dreams, fairy tales, myths, films, and literature, Linda Schierse Leonard, a Jungian analyst, exposes the wound of the spirit that both men and women of our culture bear—a wound that is grounded in a poor relationship between masculine and feminine principles.

Leonard speculates that when a father is wounded in his own psychological development, he...

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Overview

This book is an invaluable key to self-understanding. Using examples from her own life and the lives of her clients, as well as from dreams, fairy tales, myths, films, and literature, Linda Schierse Leonard, a Jungian analyst, exposes the wound of the spirit that both men and women of our culture bear—a wound that is grounded in a poor relationship between masculine and feminine principles.

Leonard speculates that when a father is wounded in his own psychological development, he is not able to give his daughter the care and guidance she needs. Inheriting this wound, she may find that her ability to express herself professionally, intellectually, sexually, and socially is impaired. On a broader scale, Leonard discusses how women compensate for cultural devaluation, resorting to passive submission (“the Eternal Girl”), or a defensive imitation of the masculine (“the Armored Amazon”).

The Wounded Woman shows that by understanding the father-daughter wound and working to transform it psychologically, it is possible to achieve a fruitful, caring relationship between men and women, between fathers and daughters, a relationship that honors both the mutuality and the uniqueness of the sexes.

Using examples from her own life and those of her clients, Leonard, exposes the wound of the spirit that arrives from the father-daugher relationship.

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“In writing The Wounded Woman, Linda Leonard has spoken courageously from the depth of her experience and in so doing offered us a model of feminine authority, wisdom and spirit that is compelling.”

“A revelation for men, an inspiration for women, it offers all of us the chance to break the bitter cycle.”

“This is a good book, a strong book.… Speaks with the beauty and power of the feminine spirit.”

The Wounded Woman is a poignant, gentle book which examines the damaged relationship between women and their fathers both at the personal level and at the cultural level...The reader with a mind that resonates to the ideas of C. G. Jung, to poetry, to possibility, to sorrow, to hope will remain with this book to the redemptive ending.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804003971
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2014
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 946,881
  • Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

In addition to The Wounded Woman, Linda Leonard is the author of several other best-selling books, including Witness to the Fire and Meeting the Madwoman. She has been in private practice as a Jungian analyst for over forty years and is a founding member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She currently resides in Boulder, Colorado.

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