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Masculine and Feminine: The Natural Flow of Opposites in the Psyche [Kindle Edition]

Gareth S. Hill
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Book Description

Jungian analyst provides a new model for understanding the masculine and
feminine principles that exist in everyone, providing insight into the events
of daily life and the themes of entire lifetimes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2421 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications (5 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 26 Sept. 2012
By Raich
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This is a brilliant book full of insight. It contemporizes Jung's theory by doing a fantastic job of removing the outdated links between masculine and feminine principles and biology and gender. This book has given me fresh insight into Jung and enabled me to make much more sense of the masculine and feminine energies as they manifest themselves in each of us, male and female, throughout our lives.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Revisioning Animus and Anima 18 April 2015
By Graham Mummery TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Jung's ideas of the masculine and feminine, that animus and anima, have proven a useful tool to view culture and human nature. Jung, like Freud, viewed the psyche as basically androgynous. Though in Jung's view men had an unconscious feminine side, while women had an unconscious masculine side.

This view, as Gareth S. Hill observes holds some validity, but it shows the limitations of the cultural context Jung was writing in, where male/masculine and female/feminine roles were more sharply defined. In an early twenty-first century Western culture it can also seem sexist, though in years time, and with hindsight, there may also be some distortions in these views two, including perhaps their apparent failure to take in biological determinants.

What Hill attempts here is to update ideas of masculine and feminine, and the dynamics explored by Jung and his immediate successors. perhaps the most important being suggesting there are what he calls "static" and "dynamic" elements in both polarities. He points this out in mythology, suggesting goddesses such as the Ancient Greeks ones of Athena and Hera, though being female deities, who also hod certain aspects that can be seen as masculine. Similarly a male god, Dionysus, is shown to have a string feminine element. Then he uses case studies to show how these masculine and feminine aspects play out in both male and female clients. But Hill is more ambitious than that. He suggests ways this may be helpful towards a more integrative psychology drawing parallels with the Jungian thinking that is his own base and that of psychoanalysts like Donald Winnicott and Karen Horney.

This is very much a therapy based book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Assessment and treatment in Jungian psychoanalysis 9 Jun. 2005
By Bryan Wittine - Published on
Thank heaven for Gareth S. Hill. Nearly twenty years ago I floundered in my work as a psychotherapist. I had some decent technique but my capacity to think clinically was hampered by the plethora of psychoanalytic theories I had studied. It was the problem of too many tributaries and no central stream, no overarching theory to hold all the other theories. When I first read Hill's book, it brought order to my confusion. It became a kind of polestar around which I could integrate all the various psychoanalytic theories I had been studying: Kohutian self psychology, British object relations theory, even American existential-humanistic and transpersonal theory. Moreover, it does this within a Jungian context that is enormously practical and insightful, and encompasses the individualities and presenting clinical syndromes of the wide range of patients we see every day. For anyone looking for a basic volume on assessment and treatment in Jungian psychoanalysis, this is an excellent book. Moreover, it was after reading this book in conjunction with Barbara Stevens Sullivan's "Psychotherapy Grounded in the Feminine Principle" that I was inspired to undergo analytic training and become a Jungian analyst. I have since had my graduate students and a few of my analysands read Hill's book over the years, and all of them have found in it a useful lens through which to view themselves and their development. I wish the book were more widely read and used.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books on masculine and feminine archetypes 27 July 2008
By Green Stone - Published on
This was a text book used in one of my classes in a Master's program in Transpersonal Psychology. I fell in love with the book, emerging out of a Jungian psychological perspective, which gives such a good "feel" of the energies associated with these four patterns: Static masculine, Dynamic masculine, Static feminine, Dynamic feminine. The lengthy, wonderfully researched and resourced explication of these four types will really help you find them within yourself, something that will then assist you to discover where your own or your client's blockages may be (at which pole of the four you might find yourself stuck) so that you or your client can get moving again. If you absorb these types adequately, you can eventually begin to "sense" or intuit the particular pattern where someone is stuck: for instance, a particular person will strike you as having a "vegetable" or chthonic quality, and you'll know by this that they are situated in the Static Feminine. ANother will radiate a dryness and depressed quality, and you'll sense their location in the Static Masculine. Hill also describes the particular dynamics that are found in the tension between two polarities: for instance, in the US, we have tension between the dominant Static Masculine and the rebelling Dynamic Feminine.
These four patterns can easily be correlated, by those interested in doing so, with archetypes found in various myths or systems, such as in Greek Mythology or the Tarot. For instance, Hill correlates the Static Masculine to the Greek god Zeus, and the Dynamic Feminine to Dionysus or Bacchus. Whole societies can also be viewed through either these patterns or the polarities created by the tension between two poles. Hill also describes how particular psychological pathologies, such as acute schizophrenia, can be understood through this system of patterns and the oppositions their energies create in the psyche.
Altogether this is a fascinating, rich book offering a wonderful trove of insights. It will be treasured by those whose spiritual paths or personal growth paths are archetypally or intuitively oriented, or who in other ways are interested in understanding the psyche through what Jung and others concieved as its own ancient manner of communicating with us: its archetypal energies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is now more relevant than ever 3 Nov. 2012
By Alan Zulch - Published on
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I originally read Gareth Hill's Masculine and Feminine in the early 1990s and it was revelatory. Twenty years later, I continue to draw upon its concise theories of masculine and feminine dynamics. Considering what an absolute treasure is this book, it is incredible that it isn't a best seller. Indeed, what with the gathering crises we face as a humanity - largely a result of our long-held misunderstandings about the profound role of the feminine in maintaining balance in our individual and collective lives - the insights provided by this book are more relevant than ever. I cannot recommend it too highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masculine and Feminine 19 Feb. 2013
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Amazing text on the interplay and manifestation of the masculine and feminine in our conscious and unconscious interactions with others.
5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminates one of the fundamental patterns that pervades creation 28 Feb. 2014
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The feminine masculine polarity has intrigued me since a long time. No other book has been as helpful to understand and make visible this powerful dynamic. Recommended for any adult, mandatory if you are interested in human development.
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