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Goddesses in Everywoman

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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 fascin
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 2nd 2004 by Harper Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1984)
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Jul 06, 2007 Susan rated it it was amazing
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 it was amazing
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
Jul 22, 2016 Sonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
نماد های اسطوره ای زنان
در این اثر نیروهای مسلط بر احساس و رفتار انسانها در قالب خدابانوان اساطیر یونانی معرفی شده است، هر زنی از درون تحت تاثیر کهن الگو ها و از بیرون با قالبهای رفتاری جامعه روبروست.
در مورد هفت خدابانوی کوه المپ با تقسیم آن به دو گروه باکره و آسیب پذیر توضیحاتی داده شده است. خدابانوان باکره آرتمیس، آتنا و هستیا هستند که مظهر ویژگی های استقلال و خود بسندگی در زنان هستند.
آرتمیس، خدابانوی شکارو ماه بود و طبیعت قلمرو او به شمار می رفت. وجود این کهن الگو در زنان آنها را قادر به پیگی
Mar 08, 2008 Bailey rated it it was ok
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
Feb 11, 2009 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Mar 15, 2010 Pamela Wells rated it it was amazing
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
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
Nov 18, 2013 Jenny rated it did not like it
Shelves: owns, book-club, kindle
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
Nov 30, 2012 M rated it it was amazing
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 ....
Lidia Guerra
Aug 22, 2015 Lidia Guerra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, eva
Un excelente libro, que te ayuda identificarte con arquetipos y comprenderte mejor. También permite que identifiques a las diosas de otras mujeres y así aprendas a valorarlas, entenderlas y aprender de ellas. Es un libro valioso, más si se lee en grupo.

El viaje de la heroína hacia la totalidad resulta de "tener la capacidad de ser activa y receptiva, autónoma e íntima, de trabajar y amar". Este es el reto.
Nov 20, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: girly-grrrrrl
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
Kirsten Elizabeth
Honestly, I went into this book knowing I'd love it. It's written by a renowned psychiatrist who's both a Jungian analyst and an ardent feminist. Her approach to mythology and discussion of archetypes bridges these two backgrounds. I came into this book after having been mildly disappointed by Joseph Campbell's Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine. While I love Papa Campbell, his often ecumenical approach tends to favour breadth over depth. This resulted in only a brief discussion of the ...more
May 17, 2009 Olga rated it really liked it
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
Sep 28, 2011 Kyleigh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Jan 14, 2008 Nathan rated it it was ok
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
Heidi Nobantu
A very good read for finding yourself in a spectrum of Feminine/Female ways of being in the world - especially if you do not fall into the current culturally accepted roles for women :)
C.J. Prince
Jan 03, 2009 C.J. Prince rated it really liked it
I have benefited from every book by Jean Shinoda Bolen. Put her on your list if you haven't already discovered her!!!
Sep 29, 2015 Brenda rated it liked it
If, like me, you're interested in myth and archetypes, this book is in its twentieth anniversary edition and well worth a look.
Dec 19, 2014 Siuxxx rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
muy buena lectura. combina psicología y mitologia
Oct 22, 2016 Ilaria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The more I read about archetypes and goddesses the more I understood I was an introverted Hestia at home, and a mix of Artemis and Persephone the rest of the time.
Oct 08, 2016 Dipa rated it it was amazing
My attempt to understand my own gender. I learnt a lot - again.

Written by psychiatrist and Jungian psychoanalyst Jean Shinoda Bolen, the book Goddesses in Everywoman tries to give its readers insight into the female psyche by using seven godly archetypes – those of Artemis, Athena, Hestia, Hera, Demeter, Persephone, and Aphrodite. Using their mythical stories, Bolen describes in-depth how these seven archetypes might influence women’s minds and women’s lives.

First of all, this is one of those books that you will probably only enjoy if you are interested i
Araminta Matthews
Feb 05, 2016 Araminta Matthews rated it liked it
Okay, I admit that this book taught me a lot about archetypal psychology, Jung, and even Greek mythology (a few things I didn't know; mostly about Hestia). I was stymied at first by the supposition that this writer did not know that most Greek myths as we know them are patriarchal reinterpretations of previous Goddesses and/or masculine-interpretations of feminine roles (and thus shallow, shells of themselves). The author quickly demonstrated her knowledge of recent evidence around these theorie ...more
Karen Radius
Sep 29, 2016 Karen Radius rated it it was amazing
Dr. Bolen has a brilliant mind. She has such a soft way of delivering important messages.
Mary the Library Dweller
Aug 31, 2016 Mary the Library Dweller rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Myriam Moreno
Sep 18, 2016 Myriam Moreno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un referente de la psicología femenina. Escuela de Jung, con su parte de misticismo.
Me ha resultado muy inspirador, basé mi PFC de Joyería en él.

Requiere conocimientos de mitología clásica.
Lisa Louie
Dec 21, 2012 Lisa Louie rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 05, 2011 Mariangela Lecci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 29, 2016 Chloe rated it it was ok
I can't discount the power of myth and storytelling as tools for self-understanding, mostly because I'm a writer and am loathe to talk trash about my own craft, but I feel a little disappointed in this book's approach. The "types" of women outlined seem inflexible, even as Dr. S.B. emphasizes the importance of acknowledging multiple forces or goddesses in our lives. At points, the book reads like an attempt at diagnosis, with "the Athena woman," "the Persephone woman," "the Aphrodite woman," etc ...more
Jun 27, 2016 Adam rated it did not like it
I love jungian psychology and jungian thinkers such as Joseph Campbell, for me, when it elucidated with understanding, jungian theory and comparative mythology makes for compelling and insightful reading. This however, was not. It confused jungian theories with new age balderdash. I wanted to read this book to gain insight into the psychology of women, hoping a jungian framework would provide a suitable vehicle for this. As it stands the book does indeed read like one of those online te
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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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