The bestselling, widely heralded, Jungian introduction to the psychological foundation of a mature, authentic, and revitalized masculinity.
Redefining age-old concepts of masculinity, Jungian analysts Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette make the argument that mature masculinity is not abusive or domineering, but generative, creative, and empowering of the self and others. Moore and Gillette clearly define the four mature male archetypes that stand out through myth and literature across history: the king (the energy of just and creative ordering), the warrior (the energy of aggressive but nonviolent action), the magician (the energy of initiation and transformation), and the lover (the energy that connects one to others and the world), as well as the four immature patterns that interfere with masculine potential (divine child, oedipal child, trickster and hero). King, Warrior, Magician, Lover is an exploratory journey that will help men and women reimagine and deepen their understanding of the masculine psyche.
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It's easy to fall into the trap of being the men "society" wants us to be. The reality is that there are certain aspects to being a man that should be embraced, but are currently shunned. This book is an all-encompassing guide to accepting and loving every part of your masculine identity. It explains why we behave immaturely and how to get beyond that and advance to a higher level. This work is useful not only for young men, but men of all ages. In a world where we no longer have a system that adequately initiates boys into the world of men, books like this are indispensable.
This was published in 1990. The social problems it documents are even worse now than they were when it was written. Boys these days have no healthy role models, or any rites of passage. They're starved for Strong, Wise, Nourishing Masculinity. Also, as the book observed, Feminists have Demonized Masculinity itself. They don't see any value in Masculinity, all they see is it's weaknesses or it's shadow side. The Shadow Sides of Masculinity are the Tyrant, the Sadist, the Manipulator, and the Sex Addict. These are the examples most boys are left with. The ones who don't becomes these are left with no reason to believe in anything. They become the Weaklings, the Masochists, and the Impotent. Either way countless Boys are without any ideas of what Maturity is, much less Healthy Role models for Mature - Masculinity. This book has powerful insight into the Male Psyche. It uses the Archetypes of King, Warrior, Magician and Lover. Then gives powerful examples of each. These 4 are the essence of the Role Models boys need. It goes on to explain how even those who never had any Wise Elders can use Biographies, Documentaries and the books written by the Wise to build healthy Archetypes. The world needs this book even more now than when it was published.