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  • Paperback: 83 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Row; Revised edition edition (1 Feb. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060963964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060963965
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 0.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What does it really mean to be a man? What are some of the landmarks along the road to mature masculinity? And what of the feminine components of a man's personality? Robert A. Johnson explores these questions in this new edition of 'He', updated to reflect his thinking on these subjects.

Robert A. Johnson is a noted lecturer and Jungian analyst in private practice in San Diego, California. He is the author of 'She: Understanding Feminine Psychology' and 'We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love'. He has studied at the Jung Institute in Switzerland and at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in India.

"Women do not really know as much about men as they think they do. They have developed, over the centuries, considerable expertise in the technique of adapting to men, but that is not the same as truly understanding them. Women often labour under the delusion that life is really pretty easy for men, at least when compared to their own lots, and they have no idea what a complicated struggle is really involved in the transition from male childhood to real manhood

I recommend this book highly. It is entertaining, informative, thought-provoking, mysterious, poetic. Men who read it will surely learn much about themselves, and women- particularly those who are unfortunately misled into thinking of men as 'the enemy'- will find it a real eye-opener"
RUTH TIFFANY BARNHOUSE, M.D., Th.M., Harvard University

About the Author

Robert A. Johnson is a noted lecturer and Jungian analyst in private practice in San Diego, California.


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Robert Johnson writes simply and elegantly about the human condition. This book is a must for men and women to help understand our wounds and how these are windows or experinces that can lead us to a richer life. Partcularly useful are the 6 feminine elements in a man (and indeed women too). He gives practical examples of how we live out the cross contaminated aspects of the inner feminine. The Grail story is a supportive and cathartic story for anyone who has embarked upon a journey and is looking for means to map the landscape they find themselves in.
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An account of Masculine Psychology that addresses its potential richness and connexion to suffering, as well as the spiritual dimension, in ways that strongly enrich the imagination. Its contemporary relevance, moreover, is elicited through an interpretation of the story of Parsifal's lifelong quest for the Grail that discloses the narrative's full potency; and this is contrasted with the naïve - and ultimately self-defeating - modern proposition: the belief in the 'quick fix' ideology. Essential reading!
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By M. Lawton VINE VOICE on 2 Jun. 2012
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The title of this book is a bit of a cheek really and promises more than it fulfills. It's actually a very brief summary of certain aspects of male psychology and although it's very interesting, it's hardly comprehensive. Johnson has a habit of making sweeping statements which he rarely fleshes out and you'll need to look elsewhere for any detailed analysis of the subject.

None of his books are any longer than a decent sized pamphlet and I can't entirely understand why someone who evidently has a need to communicate his ideas can't be bothered to deliver something that will do them justice. In Jungian terms I'd say that writing constellates his guru complex and he contents himself with gnomic statements and a general attitude of 'Go figure it yourself'.

He's a perceptive writer though and one who it's easy to warm to. This book is an ideal jargon free starting point that presents a complex subject in a very informative way. As other reviewers have pointed out, the book deconstructs Parsifal and the Grail Legend. After I read it I had a lot of fun doing the same with Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. Malory - Tennyson - Jung - Johnson - George Lucas. Ain't evolution amazin'.
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A very interesting journey through male psychology using the story of Parsifal and the Grail (inlcuding Arthur) as a springboard. Very interesting, some excellent perspectives on the journey of the male. Good reading whether you are a "He" or a "She."
Thoughts about the inner femininity of men and their search to understand and encompass meaning in their lives. If you have an adolescent son, very much worth reading!
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My fiance and I have both read this book and have found it incredibly helpful in understanding some of the dynamics going on in our relationship. It explains about the inner masculine in women as we as the masculine in men and how these two aspects can be in conflict. It gives idaes about what can be done to create a more harmonious relationship between men and women - uplifting, positive and inspiring.
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I fought with this book but was so thrilled to get to the end - it was an eye opener - Thank you for the translation and story and fear and anger that all fell into place at the end!
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This is one of the those books that every man should read. Enough said.
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