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Knowing Woman

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  62 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In this classic work, a noted Jungian analyst explores the division of the human psyche into masculine and feminine. Characteristic of feminine consciousness, she writes, is diffuse awareness, which recognizes the unity of all life and promotes acceptance and relationship. The masculine attitude is one of focused consciousness, the capacity to formulate ideas and to change ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published January 21st 1997 by Shambhala (first published January 1st 1973)
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John Kulm
Apr 12, 2012 John Kulm rated it it was amazing
I read this book because I want to understand women. Happily, I found that the book gave a lot of good clues.

The author died before this, her only book, was published, and she filled the book with the wisdom of her life’s work as a therapist. Not every chapter is about women. There’s a chapter on “actionless action” expressed with the Taoist Rainmaker story that Jungian authors use quite often. Her thoughts on purposelessness made more sense to me than any I’ve read from Taoist books. A footnot
Jackie Hilaire
Feb 16, 2015 Jackie Hilaire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was ready to listen and the book delivered it's message completely.

The following are a few quotes that spoke to me while pondering this book.

"To thine own self be true. My life depends on it."
"My word of honor to myself, this is the key."
"This is my truth, here is where I take my stand."
"To be sincere to my own feelings, to stand for my own inner knowledge."
"To see clearly enough to know something quite definitely, so solidly that one can express it and only than can I be be a torch bearer, mo
Anna Tonna
Dec 16, 2013 Anna Tonna rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me many years ago, along with Jung's "Memories, Dreams and Reflections", as well as his "Man and his Symbols". Referred by Jungian analyst and author of "The Goddess in Every woman" Jean Bolen, and writer and diarist Anais Nin, this book was published in 1973, in the middle of the nascent feminist movement in the United States. Insightful, spiritual and thoughtful, written in first person in an anecdotal manner, Castillejo's relates her thoughts about women, men, relations ...more
Jul 17, 2011 Crystal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am using this book as part of my research on the feminine spiritual memoir and it has been helpful. What few reviews and comments I can find about this book call it a classic. Why is it that I’ve never heard of it before and can find nothing on the author? Anyway, it is a good book… a bit dated but consistent with Jung and his “findings.” The author appropriately discusses the roles of women as well as other areas like the “rainmaker ideal” that seemed to be a bit off topic but interesting non ...more
A very good and inspired approach to the feminine psyche. Jung talks alot about the feminine aspects of a man's psyche, but regarding the psyche the female, he is mysteriously silent. THerefore, this is a welcome female approach to the feminine psyche. I still find some flaws that just don't innately sit well (primarily when she is refering to the male psyche) but as the female suppliment to Jung's approach, it is invaluable.
Jennie  Rogers
Somewhat dated (actually v dated) & some tangents on spirituality I didn't quite connect with but I understand why Anais Nin was so into this-- some beautiful passages on the importance of communication with your partner & connection, promotes understanding instead of hostilities
I started reading this book because my analyst suggested it. Some parts startled me because they read as though the author had somehow transcribed my own thoughts. Other parts made me feel irritable and skeptical. I will be thinking about this book for a long, long time.
Barbara Klaser
Apr 14, 2012 Barbara Klaser rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book and I got a lot out of it, I'm grateful for the detailed review from John that prompted me to read it. It's one of those books, for me, that I feel is important and that I'll return to and continue to gain insight from.
Jan 15, 2009 G rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous book with ties to Jungian Psychology that has been so helpful in the quest to experience my own self in gratitude.
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