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Under Saturn's Shadow: The Wounding and Healing of Men (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts) [Paperback]

James Hollis
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Inner City Books (1 April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0919123643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0919123649
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a real contribution 19 April 2006
this is one of the most engaging and understandable books about what we are trying to do by 'going into therapy'. Not just to feel better...but to realy grow. James Hollis has written a book that is a comfort and a guide on the oly journey worth making, the journey to discover who we realy are/
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books i ever read 19 Jan 2006
By J. Malnar - Published on Amazon.com
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Between an ex husband that dove off the deep end and a son living with two strong women and without an appropriate father figure, I have been wondering both what makes men snap like that, and what consequence living without a father might have on my son. How to be a mother and a father to him, how not to hurt my baby in the way I see people around me, and myself, hurting and thus hurting others. I believe every mother and father should read this. It truly spoke to me, and I would not put it down until I was done with it some time early this morning. Written in a language everyone can understand.
Collected exerpts, almost quoted, that I found most enlightening:
Greatest burden a child must bear is the unlived life of the parent. So each man must examine, without the motive to judge, where his father's wounds were passed on to him. Either he finds himself repeating his father's patterns or living in reaction to them - in both cases a prisoner. (..)
When we ask such questions, father becomes more a man like us, a brother who has suffered the same ordeal. If we are caught up in hate we stay bound to that which wounds us. (..)
We all develop a provisional personality in reaction to childhood experience. We set off into life with this false self and make choices that further estrange us, and by midlife we suffer growing split between the asquired personality and the natural self. (..)
The crux of the middle passage is the requirement that a man (AND A WOMAN, I WOULD ADD!), whatever his reason or station, pull out of his reflexive behaviors and attitudes, radicallyreexamine his life, and risk living out the thunderous imperatives of his soul. (..)
Being a man (AGAIN, I WOULD SAY NOT ONLY A MAN) means knowing what you want and then mobilizing the inner resources to achieve it. It is extraordinarily difficult to know what one wants. How does one separate the inner truth from personal complexes and cultural directives? (..)
Most men (AND INCREASING NUMBER OF WOMEN WHO LIVE AND SWIM IN GUY'S WORLD) use their job to validate themselves, but they do not feel valued even when they have achieved success. (..)
No man may leave home or be in the world without suffering grievous wounds to body and soul. He must learn to say "I am not my wound or my defense against the world. I am my journey".
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Classic of Masculine Psychology 2 May 2005
By Stevan G. Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Like All of his books, this one aims straight for the heart in a poetic and non clinical language everyone can understand. This is one of the few books it seems avalible on masculine psychology that I continually refer to and recommend. Mr. Hollis has a very clear and deep understanding of the basic problems many of us encounter on our journey towards a well considered life. I have found most of his books packed with experience and insight and along with this book I particularly liked "The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical other." as well.Taken together these two books have offered me so much understanding and real hope.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Painful but necessary reading 27 Aug 2007
By R. Castiglione - Published on Amazon.com
I am total James Hollis fan. I have now read four of his books and have found them liberating. Visit his website for a clue for why he is so effective - he is not 30 years of age with limited life experience. He commenced his training only after he completed another successful career in academia. Most would have been content to have lived the life he already had. He has the life skills and experience to help us all illuminate our lives.

The book concerns the burden of being a man, exposing some of the constricting myths that have made manhood so painful. It is a book about men but not necessarily only for men - my wife read it too and found it very moving. It is enriched by the signficant store of Hollis reading in poetry and literature. It is not an easy fix and like anything worthwhile requires your concentrated attention. Further, it is only a beginning rather than an end. Hollis says it himself when he quotes somewhere Jung's description of the psychoanalytical endeavour - it can provide insight but then there must come endurance and courage. You can have a vision of what you would like to be but then comes the fidelity to make that vision a reality.

I would recommend this book highly.

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 24 Feb 2012
By Jeffrey E Nord - Published on Amazon.com
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The Wounding and Healing of Men is an astounding gash to the core of maleness that left this reader exposed, raw, and angry. His core concepts are mined from the masters Jung and Freud, then digested by the author and fed back with depth and aplomb. His writing is densely poetic, overwhelming the reader with imagery and reference to philosophy. His turn of phrase and use of imagery stirs the unconscious like only a powerful dream can. While your average novel uses pages to delve into the psyche of a male character, Hollis drills straight down (on page 7) and just lists the demons that reside in the common male. He tears off the bandage over the most primal of the wounds to masculinity and then proceeds to leave it gaping for page upon page of emotional bloodletting.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, hard hitting, and to the point 10 Aug 2006
By Eric R. Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
This book is roughly 135 pages. It covers a wide range of relatively complex ideas presented in a clear, well organized manner. Ever notice that when someone really understands something they don't need 300 pages to explain it?

This book challenged many of my ideas about my relationships with parents, my ex-wife, and my life choices (since childhood... I'm 36). I recommend it to anyone who is in this field or just on their own personal journey to have a greater understanding of men and their wounds / healing...

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