The second in a projected series of four works on the structure of male archetypes, based on Jungian psychology, this study follows The King Within by the same authors. Moore, a professor of psychology and religion at the Chicago Theological Seminary, and Gillette, a graduate of that seminary and a pastoral counselor, hew closely to the Jungian party line, explaining with exceptional clarity the concepts of archetypes, the Ego, the Transpersonal Other (God for many individuals), the Self and the Shadow. Their thesis is simple: the Warrior is an integral part of the male psyche, but it must be socialized so that it does not lead the man to either sadism or masochism, and it must be incorporated with the King, the Magician and the Lover to achieve its fullest expression. The authors, both of whom are active in the men's movement, obviously feel that the Warrior's existence must be recognized, not repressed, because its unharnessed potential threatens psychic stability. Their book offers much food for thought. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Sept.)
Robert Bly minions Moore and Gillette have set out to define archetypes of the masculine, the reputed lack of which has caused untold psychic suffering. They first located and revealed an unsurprising four-fold image of the true masculine: "King, Warrior, Magician, Lover". Each aspect is now to be thoroughly explored in its own volume, hence "The King Within" , and now, "The Warrior". Patriarchy, the pair explain, has failed only because warped specimens are constantly at the helm, many of them "Shadow Warriors" who kill and maim rather than use their strength to protect. That such Shadow Warriors invariably see even a first strike as defensive is conveniently ignored, as are other facts that might limit archetypal speculations. This muddleheaded book really disappoints because by so quickly dismissing why men make war (M&G say it's "common knowledge" women are as violent and oppressive, so war making is simply human nature), the authors fail to address real questions that revolve around warriorship. A book about this archetype is needed. This isn't it, but the authors are popular in New Age and men's movement circles, so libraries should have it, anyway.