Hero And His Shadow, Revised Edition

Hero And His Shadow, Revised Edition

by Erel Shalit

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The Hero and His Shadow introduces a psychological perspective on the history, development and present myths of Israeli society. Erel Shalit focuses on the actualization of the Zionist myth, which depended on a small group of individuals to transform the idea into matter by merging personal identity with collective idea. He finds that this process emanates from the close proximity of the life of the individual and the life of the collective in Israel. Shalit searches for the psychological relationships and motivations of the people of Israel as they evolved from a movement into a nation of people guided by similar ideals. Shalit also explores the psychological consequences of Israel's wars, from independence to the present war of terror, from a personal and a psychoanalytic perspective, with social examples and clinical vignettes. Recognizing the use of the images of the pioneer-farmer, the guardsman, and the warrior, which became admired hero-ideals, he delves into the shadow side of the guiding myths of modern Israel, such as Peace vs. Greater Israel. Here he found feelings of hubris, weakness, arrogance, and despair. The mythological background of the archetypal struggle between Isaac and Ishmael, and the relationship between Jerusalem and the archetypal images of Wholeness and Satan are examined. Shalit exposes those aspects of past and present myths, which normally are repressed and left in the background.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761827245
Publisher: University Press of America
Publication date: 01/01/2004
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 0.48(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

About the Author

Erel Shalit, author and Jungian psychoanalyst, is a training and supervising analyst with the Israel Society of Analytical Psychology.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword: Andrew Samuels Chapter 2 Preface: The Beggar in the Hero's Shadow Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Return to the Source Chapter 5 From My Notebook Chapter 6 From Dream to Reality Chapter 7 Origins and Myths Chapter 8 From Redemption to Shadow Chapter 9 Wholeness Apart Chapter 10 Myth, Shadow, and Projection Chapter 11 A Crack in the Mask Chapter 12 The Death of the Mythical and the Voice of the Soul Chapter 13 Glossary Chapter 14 Bibliography Chapter 15 Index

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