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Absent Fathers, Lost Sons: The Search for Masculine Identity Paperback – 27 Mar 1991

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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications; First Edition edition (27 Mar. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877736030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877736035
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" This is a clear and thought-provoking book, a synthesis of much recent literature on masculine identity that should appeal to a broad readership— women as well as men." — Jim Boothroyd, "The Montreal Gazette"

"This is a clear and thought-provoking book, a synthesis of much recent literature on masculine identity that should appeal to a broad readership—women as well as men."—Jim Boothroyd, "The Montreal Gazette "

"This is a clear and thought-provoking book, a synthesis of much recent literature on masculine identity that should appeal to a broad readership--women as well as men."--Jim Boothroyd, "The Montreal Gazette "

About the Author

Guy Corneau is a Jungian analyst trained at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich and co-founder of the Jung Circle of Montreal. He has given numerous lectures and workshops on masculine psychology.


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I highly recomend this book to anyone who grew up without adequate parenting, and who wants to understand why he feels the way he does. Th author speaks frankly in very plain and easy language. Very accesible to anyone with no experience in reading books on psychology.
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Surprising enough I grew up without a mother as she died when I was 4. I was the oldest child in my family and I have a smaller brother from the same mum. My father got married after and had another 2 kids however I was never close to my father and he always was cold to me, he never hug me or listen to much to what I have to say. When I was little my grandparents used to take care of me and I've become more attached to my grandmother especially. Realising this now gives me a huge insight into my past into who I was and who I become today and makes me takes steps into becoming a better man.
Now that I'm around 30 after a long period during which I've isolated myself I came across a few deceptions in relationships deceptions that ultimately lead me into finding answers and getting to know about myself. A big "aha" for me was after reading 3 pages I realised the differences between becoming a man and becoming a woman, how hard it is for boys if a father is not there to breakthrough and to elaborate themselves from the mother.
I didn't finish the book but I believe the rest of the book is as good as the first third.
I will comeback with a followup when I will be finishing the book.
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I did enjoy this book and was captured by the first few insightful chapters. Unfortunately it went off into some Iron John heaviness near the end. Still worth a read. It is refreshing and insightful to put fathers in the frame - so many men blame their mothers which I think is some kind of transference or projection of their much more frightening hatred of their father. This approaches such dangerous territory.
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This book was easy to read without too much psychological jargon, yet it offered many insights to growing up without a stable father figure. It can be very helpful in realizing the sources of many difficulties which adults may face as a result of unresolved conflicts. I highly recommend it.
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I got this book while shopping other items... and I am really satisfied with the reading.
Men masculinity is a really interesting topic: where do you learn how to be a man? This book explains quite easily (the writing is quite scientific-like, but I am not a native English speaker and could follow it really well) some of the reasons why most of the current modern males have not yet grown into men.
This is something you may want for yourself, especially if you want to have a good relationship with a woman.
What happens when you did not _feel_ that your father was there, taking care of you? Why did it happen? For how long did it happen? Is there any solution for this?
All these questions are answered in this book, and you will get a new insight in the topic.
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after practicing jungian psychology in daily life, as a key to understand my prison, and the prisons of my children, grandchildren, friends and clients, this simple book puts new life on what i thought i already knew..

brilliant for all with a desire to get free. so many lost sons, and fathers, searching for an identity so they can let go of it. the bourne trilogy (matt damon) films, together with related reading like this one. . . don't think , just do it.

whatever helps us to understand our intricate cage, and to see the patterns of suffering based on ignorance, is an aid to jump over the whole, wonderful mess and become content with who we are, wherever we are.

just the title of this book is a step on the path of letting go, getting free: the only thing that makes sense in this collective madness on earth.

if you have the will to be free, don't think about it - just do it.
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