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Le dee dentro la donna: Una nuova psicologia al femminile

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  2,235 ratings  ·  115 reviews

A classic work of female psychology that uses seven archetypcal goddesses as a way of describing behavior patterns and personality traits is being introduced to the next generation of readers with a new introduction by the author.

Psychoanalyst Jean Bolen's career soared in the early 1980s when Goddesses in Everywoman was published. Thousands of women readers became fas

Paperback, 308 pages
Published 1991 by Astrolabio Ubaldini (first published January 1st 1984)
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Jul 06, 2007 Susan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women educators
My students may not be surprised but educators probably would be to see this book on my education shelf. I've used this book when guiding women (younger and older) as they've struggled with their personal, social, and cultural identities. Archetypes of the goddess are helpful as guides to defining ourselves, our paths, and our place within our communities.
Jan 31, 2009 Salma rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All women (and men who REALLY want to understand women)
I read this book at a point where I was clueless about my life, and Dr. Bolen helped me get back on track. This book may be one of the first of its kind ever written- blending Greek mythology with modern psychoanalysis.

According to Bolen, the stories behind these goddesses(which she recaps in the book) have seeped into the collective unconscious and mold women's personalities from birth. She's separated them into three groups- 'virgin goddesses' (representing the independent, self-sufficient qu
This book, as much as I read, read like a combination of a Cosmo quiz and a self-help book for women 30 years ago. Admittedly, I have not kept up with theories on Carl Jung's archetypes, and this book made me glad about that. As I began the preface, my mind continued to leap forward thing.. am I artsy Athena, homemaker Hestia, or, like most of my results for those awful quizzes, the dreadful middle of the road?? Essentially, Bolen's aim is meant to be supportive, I think. Unfortunately her theor ...more
I read this book as a senior in college, and more than twenty years later I still come back to its wisdom and insights.

Bolen, a Jungian psychologist, uses seven Greek goddesses as archetypal templates to help women -- and men -- understand some of the powerful psychological patterns that operate in women's lives. She divides them into three categories: the vulnerable (Hera, Demeter, Persephone) who are defined by their relationships; the virgin (Hestia, Athena, Artemis) who are not defined by th
Pamela Wells
Archetypes are a powerful tool for self-knowledge because they tap into the universal collective language we all share. Learning to become more aware of your own archetypes can help you see yourself, the bigger picture and is a good place to start creating solutions for yourself and others. Finding out which Goddess sits at the head of your table is also a very good way to balance your own personality so you are able to find a voice for lesser known parts (Goddesses) of your inner self. I high r ...more
Epiphanic !!! ...One word to sum up this book .. recommended to be read by any woman irrespective of her age and role...Powerful n subtle shifts in perspectives to be expected ! Sudden solution appears to perplexing life situations...and greater awareness of one's self...and ones own and others' motivations.... awesomely empowering and liberating !!! The Best Book I ever read.... Life Defining... I cant thank the author enough in ways that she helped me in understanding myself ....
V Mignon
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be my dad's daughter. He worked long hours and when he came home, he usually shut down. I wanted him to be my daddy so bad, but whenever I clung onto him, he would look at me like I was some strange creature who had wandered into his house. My mother told me once that I asked her if I even had a dad, he was gone so much. But one day, my sister got an erector kit for Christmas and she didn't want it.

My poor dad, trying to keep us girls interested in engineeri
Every woman who has ever had any interest in psychology or mythology must read this book. It is excellent! Bolen unlocks the secrets behind the Greek myths and shows us that those goddesses are alive within each of us. And she does it in a way that is useful and insightful.[return][return]The foundation of the book is that mythology, in all its manifestations, is a representation of universal truth. Commonalities across cultures that had no interaction show that they come from a place that is co ...more
May 17, 2009 Olga rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in Greek mythology and are inclined to psychological analysis
Recommended to Olga by: a cover jumped at me in the store
This book's subject is the intersection of ancient Greek polytheistic mythology and Jungian psychology. I don't mind Jungian psychology too much, even though I disagree with some of the major postulates. However, over the years I found a way for it to still work for me, as I see some importance even in the concepts I don't take on (i.e., collective unconscious). And as someone who grew up with Greek gods and goddesses being as much of childhood friends as fairy tales heroes, I was delighted to d ...more
Every woman on planet Earth needs to drop what they are doing right now and go get this book and then read it. I seriously wish this sort of stuff was required reading before graduating high school. Archetypes exist in all forms for us as people: from comic books, movies, astrology profiles, numerology profiles, religious texts, tarot, oral traditions, ect. These stories shape us as people from when we are children into our adult lives. They give us a blueprint to aspire towards and they help us ...more
Jan 14, 2008 Nathan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in archetypal/mythological psychology -- but only barely
Shelves: mythology, psychology
I liked Boden's "Gods In Everyman" so much, I grabbed this one as soon as I saw it in the local used bookstore. However, after just a partial reading, I found myself disappointed. It's not bad, it's just not that good, and somehow doesn't live up to the solid mythological archetypes of its predecessor. The analogies seem forced and lacking insight, the archetypes are more shallow than the ones with the gods and leave many empty spaces, many personality types uncovered. I suppose this could be co ...more
Mary the Library Dweller
A few months ago I went to an astrology who suggested this book to me, and commented that he saw a lot of Persephone in me. I've always had an interest in Greek mythology, so I bought it. And now I'm not entirely sure how to write this review.

As you probably already know, this book is about Greek goddesses, and how the archetypes of each one can be found in every woman. Some woman may only have one goddess archetype, or two, or three, or four, etc. Different archetypes might come to light at di
i found this book really interesting, if a bit dated (this edition has a 20th-anniversary foreword, which was written 10 years ago). she takes seven greek goddesses, split into three categories (virgin, vulnerable, and alchemical), and describes them as archetypes women may fall into or have characteristics of, with positive and negative traits and behavior patterns they may fall into. some of the archetypes instinctively rang true for people i knew, or for myself. it's a tidge victim-blamey and ...more
Donna Swindells
I read this classic & recommend it for all Women who are on the Goddess path, or are new to it. It is a great book, one I read while training in the Sisterhood of Avalon.
Give it as a gift for someone who is studying the Goddess & Her place in history. It gives so much informative information. It is not boring, you will enjoy reading the classic book that I recommend highly.
The archetypes you will recognize , the Queen, healer, Teacher and Compassionate Mother are a few you will come a
C.J. Prince
I have benefited from every book by Jean Shinoda Bolen. Put her on your list if you haven't already discovered her!!!
muy buena lectura. combina psicología y mitologia
The moment this book finally jumped the shark for me: "[ESP] can be developed by [Persephone women] when they...learn to be receptive to images that arise spontaneously in their minds."

As a feminist and a mythology nerd, this book is right up my alley. I was hoping it would be an interesting look into the female experience using the well-known stories of Greek goddesses as a framing device. What I got instead was a bunch of new age drivel based on an out-dated and discredited psychological theor
Lisa Louie
For as long as I can remember, I've been drawn to systems that purport to map out the human psyche and to label types of personality to be found, hoping that I might synthesize their various wisdoms into an ever more precise mirror in which to see and know myself. Goddesses in Everywoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen is a remarkable addition to that mirror-synthesizing process. Bolen bases her system on a creative blending of Greek mythology and the notion of Jungian archetypes. In her telling, archety ...more
Mariangela Lecci
E' un libro che mi ha dato molti spunti di riflessione. Le dee dentro la donna. Per par condicio sappiate che esiste una sorta di corrispondente maschile che è L’eroe dentro di noi di Carol S. Pearson. Ma è della dea che voglio raccontare, per scoprire come attraverso delle figure mitologiche si possa meditare sui nostri comportamenti, sull’interiorità, sui gesti consci e insconsci; senza pretesa di psicanalizzarci troppo. Come fosse un libro leggero da sfogliare, guardando delle raffigurazioni ...more
Gabriel-paul Israel
I've enjoyed reading this book. Bolen's use of the Greek goddesses as archetypes to show the different temperments and stages within a woman's life is excellent. Bolen discusses the changes of the archetypes throughout a woman's life as she matures and provides direction for the acceptance of the changes in the archetypes. I was unaware of the different characteristics of the different Greek goddesses until I read this book and the explanations of the archetypes. What was most important to me th ...more
Allison Frederick
This book has been around a long time. Unfortunately, I just read it. I would have fared better in life and my own psychology had a read it some time ago. The book is less technical and academic than The Goddess Within by Jennifer Barker Woolger and Roger Woolger (which is also an excellent, insightful book).

In The Goddesses in Everywomen, I found several archetype female characters with habits ringing true with mine. I was amazed at how much I connected with a couple of ancient greek goddess a
I am an Artemis type, with strong Athena, Demeter, Hera qualities. I also have some Persephone traits as well as Aphrodite...but not as much. Artemis is strong, independent, nature-oriented, and has vitality. Athena is knowledge, creativity, fierce, and strong. They are focused and driven, intent on their goals, wants and needs. Hera is the wife, the patroness of relationships and marriage. Demeter is the eternal mother, and Persephone is her daughter. These three are more geared toward relation ...more
This book offers useful tools for understanding one's own personal psychology through the analogy of Greek/Roman mythology. Beautifully written, this book helps the reader visualize and relate to an aspect of their psyche through discovering aspects about the Goddesses through their mythology. I was able to relate to several of the goddesses yet still felt like there was a part of me that was not being honored; the missing masculine.
May 17, 2008 planetkimi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in Jungian psychology & women's psychology
Goddesses in Every Woman offers an intriguing way to think about one's personality - by relating to one or more of seven Greco-Roman goddesses.

In the course of the book, Bolen examines the central myths of Artemis, Athena, Hestia, Hera, Demeter, Persephone, and Aphrodite. She talks about their goals and motivations, then relates these to ways that modern women may manifest similar behavioral patterns. She explains common traps that each of the goddess types can become ensnared in, and recommend
Annie Tucker
So I guess it turns out I've been reading one self-help book a year right around New Years Time for the past few years. I have lucked out in that each of them have had some helpful insights to offer. 2010 it was "Radical Self Acceptance," 2011 it was "The Dance of Anger," and this year it was" Goddesses in Everywoman" which my sister gave me for my birthday. The book was written by a feminist Jungian analyst, who uses the Greek Goddesses as archetypes active in women's lives: the "virgin" goddes ...more
It's been more insightful that I had expected. Her insights coupled with that of her patients was perfect to illustrate key concepts along the way. It provides an archetypal framework to explain seemingly innate differences in opinion and character within oneself. It was a perfect combination of story telling and feminist analysis, which was a joy to read!
Kate Lapinski
I haven't read a psychology book since college but this one sounded so interesting I couldn't pass it up. It's dated (1984) but I can see why it's a classic. Using stories (particularly some of the oldest stories around) to dissect different personalities and world views is a great idea, and I found a lot of things in the book illuminating. I would be very into an updated/revised edition.
Mimi Bear
I had a hard time with this book. Used as reference for a project I was interested in the mythology which at one time in my life I loved but the intense detail of it in this context was too overwhelming.
Scanning and searching for the meaning had me struggling.
Little is more enjoyable than a book that marries mythology and psychology, and Ms Boden does not disappoint! I've read the book perhaps 10 times - and will do so many times to come. If these topics tickle your fancy, a must-read before you die!
Melanie Walker
This was a fantastic book that delves into various psychology and personalities of women by using Greek Goddess archetypes. It's especially useful for women with "masculine traits" or career ambitions to find that they identify with the archetype of Athena.
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Jean Shinoda Bolen, M. D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing’s "Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award". She is a former board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women.
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