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King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine [Kindle Edition]

Robert Moore , Doug Gillette
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The bestselling, widely heralded, jungian introduction to the psychological foundation of a mature, authentic, and revitalized masculinity.

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"The author take on the difficult task of separating man from boy by excavating 'psychological facts' from ancient myths and modern movies"

"A map for men…When the intellectual history of the twentieth century is written, Moore's shrewd analysis of Jungian thought…will occupy an important place. [Moore and Gillette] are handing men concrete images and explicit ways of thinking and being, ways to mature and still remain fully masculine"

"A liberating guide to self-transformation"

"An exciting view of masculinity, one rooted not in domination but in creativity and empowerment of the self and others"

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King Warrior Magician Lover 19 Jan. 2009
I have to review this book as I've read it once and am reading it for the second time now. I first heard of it when studying David DeAngelo's On Being a Man Program (look on-line if you want to see what that is). I'd have to say this is a whole new realm of facination for me. This book is a big influence on the Mankind Project, a society which actually provides the ritual innitation into manhood that the book talks about as missing from society. If you like mythology you're going to love this book as it brings many of the mythical gods from around the world to life in a whole new way. These mythical figures represent hard wired behaviour patterns in the male sub-concious. The book is a guide to what these archetypes are and how the play themselves out in men's lives. There's a section at the end of the book that gives four techniques for activating the archetypes in your own life. There's a case study of a guy who can't get women in his life and the Phycho Analyst recommeds a techniques for invoking Eros (the Greek god of love that's responsible for male sexual appeal). Needless to say the guy starts feeling and acting more attractive and goes on to get what he wants. There are immature and mature versions of the archetypes, while reading the dysfunctional behaviours of the immature types I felt like I was reading a autobiography of my own life, both my own behaviour over the years and other guy's behaviour. Many problems in the world are created by boys in men's bodies who didn't grow up and are now acting hostile and destructive to try and pretend that they're men. This book addresses the issue and teaches you to allow the mature male behaviours to grow in your own life. I prefer this book ot Iron John because it's much easier to understand and had more meaning for me.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice insights but very New Agey 22 Aug. 2010
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Lying just beneath the surface of our conscious male minds, lies the structural framework of 4 great male archetypes. Each with their own attributes and unique characteristics, our mission is to allow these elements of our being to come to light. To cultivate their growth and imbue our very selves with the spirit and energy of these beings...

No, I wasn't describing the latest Final Fantasy or Pokemon game to you. This is, in fact, the hypothesis postulated by our intrepid authors; Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette. A tantalising one to say the least! Now, any man with a shred of intelligence will of course realise that we don't have a physical manifestation of a king going "get me out of here... I'm being cramped by your stomach and gall bladder", or that we have ghosts inside us ready to possess us... but more that the behaviours intrinsic to the classical male models are present in our instinctive framework. Any notion of an actual king in you is mere imagery to help move the process along (after all, vivid images are easier to grasp than banal ones)

In terms of fundamental principles... it's a delightful, uplifting idea. Not only do our authors say "these are the qualities men should aim for", but they comfort us with the notion that these very qualities are inside of us... we just haven't quite realised it. And for people seeking personal change, this is an excellent thing to encourage. All to often, the mistake in self-help is the focus on looking elsewhere for what we want - overlooking the fact that we have what we need inside of us... meaning that the poor readers engage in a game of trying to attain as many external symbols of success to feel good (be it more money, fast cars, big jobs or notches on their belt)

So as a concept goes... it's delightful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
No-one has 'all the answers' but this book, I personally feel, is amongst the best 'stepping stone' starting points for seekers seeking an orientation. It's concise, user friendly yet deep as opposed to fluffy. When the student is ready, the teacher appears as they say - thus, if you're ready, this will appear as a teacher to lead you into further paths to greater wisdom; if life may be thought of as a great, eternal cryptic crossword puzzle - here is a helpful 'clue'. Money well spent.
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I read this book because the guys at Danger and Play enthused about it, and inspiration might be found in the oddest places. It’s New Age. Every fibre of my being does not like New Age. I must have been feeling lost or in need of something. Anyway.

This was written in 1990 and is part of the “masculinity in crisis because men have no initiation ceremonies, nor village elders to lead them” movement, whose figurehead was Robert “Bongos” Bly. No wonder nobody took the nascent Men’s Movement seriously.

Right at the end, the authors recognise that men are not going to get the guidance they need from the village elders and so have to make it up for themselves. They should have started over right away with that insight right up front, but, well, publishers have deadlines, and sometimes it’s hard to see that a throwaway comment is actually the real thesis.

When anyone starts talking about “mature” and “immature” men, I flip the safety on my Glock, because I know I’m going to get something moral foisted on me in the name of psychological insight. The authors of this book try their hardest, but since the whole thesis is that young men were not getting the Manly Guidance they needed to “man up”, I mean, “mature”, shaming is pretty much implicit in the thesis.

What does the “mature man” look like? Surprise!
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Great book for exploring Jungian male archetypes.
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A book that have the development and atchetypes of the masculine man down to the detail! You learn to ser your self and others in a diffrent way as you can understand more what... Read more
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Worth a read, some weird analogies, but really helps with self awareness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An easy to read important book for men
An easy to read important book for men
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Amazing book. Should be a must-read for all those who identify as masculine (male or female!) or have an interest in gender. Read more
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