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King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine (2 Cas)

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Arguing that mature masculinity is not abusive or domineering, but generative, creative, and empowering of the self and others, Moore and Gillette provide a Jungian introduction to the psychological foundations of a mature, authentic, and revitalized masculinity.
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Published October 1st 1991 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1990)
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Laura Oliva
Sep 03, 2012 Laura Oliva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-research
I really loved this book.

First, as a disclaimer, I have found Jungian psychology fascinating since I first discovered Clarissa Pinkola-Estes's book "Women Who Run With The Wolves", back in high school. I found the idea of understanding the human condition via the archetypes found in the myths we all share very compelling, and much more helpful than "traditional" psychological analysis.

Thus disclaim-ed, this book was very helpful for me as a woman writer interested in creating believable heroes.
jessi lee
Jan 22, 2008 jessi lee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people thinking about their own masculinity, maybe
i've been trying to read this book generously & not be dismissive about it because of its gender essentialism, heterosexism, & complete endorsement of the gender binary. not that those things aren't major problems.

but it seems like this book does fill a need, and that it acts as almost a checklist guide that folks struggling with enacting their masculinity can use to try to move into a kinder, stronger place. i like the way that it's broken down into four different areas (archetypes) &a
Michael Dober
Sep 16, 2014 Michael Dober rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
King, Warrior, Magician, Lover is a non-fiction combination of self-help book and psychology book on four male archetypes, where the book gets it’s name, and how to access them. I found it very interesting as well as useful in my day to day life. It shatters the modern idea of a stereotypical masculine, replacing it with one of a well balanced, kind, caring, intelligent, and courageous man. While reading this book, it is easy to find oneself soul-searching and recognizing previously unknown stre ...more
Oct 21, 2007 Lilli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really interesting look at some cultural archetypes of masculinity...a quick read, too.
A problem identified and addressed in this book, that boys now are growing into big boys instead of Men, is addressed on the detailed individual level more than the social level, even though the book acknowledges that the transition from boy to Man when executed correctly does not occur without help from elders. Most of the book is devoted to the four archetypes with lots of examples of how they appear in Men (a healthy state) and how their malignant forms appear in old boys. An introspective, r ...more
Aug 30, 2016 Leah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Showing its age, this one.

This appeared at the end too, pretty much out of left field, and made me do a legitimate double-take:

"In this book we have been concerned about helping men to take responsibility for the destructiveness of immature forms of masculinity. At the same time, it is clear that the world is overpopulated with not only immature men but also tyrannical and abusive little girls pretending to be women. It is time for men--particularly the men of Western civilization--to stop acc
Jul 08, 2013 Luboš rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Několik zajímavých postřehů. Místy trochu zavádějící, ale překladatel v poznámkách upřesňuje. České vydání plné překlepů!

Dealer drog, neupřímný a výmluvný politik, muž bijící svoji ženu, chronicky „předrážděný“ šéf, mladý byznysmen „ranař“, nevěrný manžel, firemní „kýval“, lhostejný výchovný poradce, pastor „svatoušek“, člen gangu; otec, který si nikdy nenajde čas podívat se za dcerou do školy, trenér vysmívající se svým nejlepším svěřencům; terapeut, který nevědomě potlačuje jedin
Tiago Macedo
Great book about masculinity and the four male achetypes that all mature masculine man have in them. Really enjoyed the mythical stories shared in order for better understanding of each archetype and the last chapter of the book where the authors gave pratical exercises and tips on how to get in touch with each archetype.
Apr 14, 2009 Murray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology, coaching
This book is not just for fans of thing Jungian. It is a valuable and very accessible exploration of male psychology (although much that is said would apply equally to women). I have used this with many clients in the consulting business and almost without exception they have found it both useful and enlightening.
We all have four energies or aspects, according to Moor, our King, Warrior, Magician and Lover tendencies. We often operate within these four quadrants by excess (the bully - too much w
Apr 08, 2016 Deusprimus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good source of introspective material. While not completely in line with my personal theological views, there was a good number of thought provoking ideas.
I enjoyed this book, even though it is ostensibly written for men. I read it because as an aspiring writer I wanted to understand a little more about male psychology, so I could hopefully create decent, realistic characters. The authors do emphasize that women do have paralell archetypes, so I did learn some things that I can use for myself.

It's a good introduction; not very deep. It's very approachable and accessible to the average reader. I would have liked a little more in depth, but I can ac
Mar 21, 2013 Avery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent exploration of the male psyche from a Jungian perspective. If one has done much interior exploration, such as that through the Mankind Project NWTA, some of these archetypes will be (sometimes uncomfortably) familiar.

I was happily surprised by the last chapter, which concisely described ways of utilizing the books insights, as well as an uplifting invocation of what it means to be a man. In these days in which men are constantly being degraded, it is quite refreshing to be reminded
Jun 20, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got a strange look from the librarian on checking this out, possibly because it's more of a self-help than a psychology book. Though I'm not really looking to unlock the power of my mature masculinity, I found the portions where Moore describes the historical rituals that marked the passage from boy to man & what they marked for each group fascinating, as well as his analysis of how patriarchy has been ill-defined through socio-political explanations since he believes it has never existed as ...more
Filip Stojak
This is the first book in my journey to decipher the masculine me. And with such lofty a title, I couldn't go wrong–or could I? Let me state right off the bat, that I have yet to be convinced that Psychology is a science. That, of course, takes its potential usefulness out of question. I see Psychology as a set of tools that categorises patterns in human behaviour and in doing so, may be beneficial. Thus, when recommended this book in an article of a trusted media outlet as a "spiritual guide to ...more
Sean Goh
Good core points, though very convoluted.

First, we need to take very seriously the disappearance of ritual processes for initiating boys into manhood.

Patriarchy is not the expression of deep and rooted masculinity, for truly deep and rooted masculinity is not abusive. Patriarchy is the expression of the immature masculine.

In order for Man psychology to come into being for any particular man, there needs to be a death. Death-symbolic, psychological, or spiritual-is always a vital part of any init
Rob Lipovsky
Jun 30, 2015 Rob Lipovsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is 4 stars instead of 5 because, while readable, it is utter hieroglyphics to the uninitiated reader. With talk about archtypes, psyche, and ego, you are left wishing you took psyche 101.

I appreciated this book much more after reading "A Little Book on the Human Shadow" by Robert Bly. Bly does a much better job of building the bridge between the mortal world and that of the psyche.

Once an understanding of the verbiage is obtained, the book proceeds to outline how within each man is th
May 07, 2011 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
With the exception of its reiterations of the most commonly accepted and observed realities that contemporary men face, this book is largely just one unsupported assertion after another. Because its premises are assumed to be true and never argued for, I don't even know how anyone would critically evaluate the information except as to whether they find it personally appealing or not. I had to spit out the Kool-Aid.
Jan 28, 2015 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was highly recommended, and I didn't like it at all. Thankfully it was a quick read.

It elucidates on four main male archetypes - the King, the Warrior, the Magician, and the Lover - each of which as an immature and a mature pole. When we are unconscious, we are ruled by an archetype, and typically switch back and forth between the active and passive poles depending on external events.
Abner Rosenweig
May 19, 2016 Abner Rosenweig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brief and powerful, KWML sets forth a new psychological model of masculine maturity and wholeness. By identifying the four central aspects of the male psyche and illustrating what a healthy, robust archetype looks like in each case versus the twin shadow sides of inflation or negation of the archetype, men can quickly identify where they're falling short and develop strategies for conscious growth.

Moore and Gillette provide great social commentary, suggesting that patriarchy is not to blame for
James Forbes
Aug 08, 2012 James Forbes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book taught me more about how I think than any other psychological text. its an operation manual for the masculine psyche. Metaphorical, mythical and historical its so damn insightful I have re-read it twice and look forward to reading it again.
Ryan Grondahl
Jan 04, 2015 Ryan Grondahl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For a book about boys becoming men, there are certainly a lot of boyish suggestions here. Dream analysis, tuning into the natural rhythms of the past, all that nonsense. Poorly written as well, I give this a single star.
Mitchell Hughes
Apr 11, 2016 Mitchell Hughes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just completed my second reading of this! Essential reading for any man seeking to achieve his very best whilst keeping in mind his limitations. The Jungian thought process and school of analysis is an extremely interesting one, especially when the authors start digging into each of the four archetypes' 'shadow forms'. Also the book is coated with well-researched theology, delving into stories from the Bible, Torah and Greek mythology, e.g. Eros. Upon reading the first chapters you will undoubte ...more
Jan 11, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally read this book. Really interesting. I have been thinking about the concepts in here since the men's retreat. I am looking forward to diving deeper into it the at the next retreat.
Feb 10, 2015 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
There's a lot that's ridiculous in here but there are enough nuggets that a lot of people could find it helpful. To me, what I took from it, it's an examination of what smart, calm, confident, and compassionate men should be - what masculinity should be. They paint it with a lot of anthropological mumbojumbo and while some of the rituals surrounding the casting off of childhood and being an adult are interesting, and the description of a masculinity without braggadocio, aggression, stupidity, an ...more
Eddie Black
You can tell if I enjoyed a book if I underline a lot of text. I did thus to this one. I found the portions detailing the bipolar shadow aspects of the archetypes particularly illuminating. In the end, however, my main criticism is two things. First, very little in regards to methods of coming out of the grips of a complex. And two, as some have pointed out, what constitutes this as masculine? There is little to zero discussion about how this is masculine within a Jungian view. There is no index ...more
Shane Ayers
Aug 10, 2016 Shane Ayers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
King, Warrior, Magician, Lover was an amazing reflection of my life and the lives of others. It came to me at a time when I had just led myself through a transition into manhood of my own design using ancient sources of wisdom and transcendence to push myself forward. I even had a self confrontation, something similar to what the author describes at t the end of the book, between what I had taken to calling the "prince' and the "wizened old sage". I had embodied the Magician, after having lived ...more
Michael Adams
Not the typical kind of book I read, being something of a self-help book, but nonetheless filled with very useful psychological, philosophical, and anthropological observations about the divine or mature masculine. These archetypes (first postulated by Jung, if my understanding is correct) are based on classical cultural roles and evolutionary psychology, and describe the ideal aspects of man; applicable in the spectrum of life from tribal hunter-gatherers to highly technological. It also descri ...more
Pedro Cordero
Mar 05, 2016 Pedro Cordero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In King, Warrior, Magician, Lover, Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette build upon Carl Jung's archetypes to propose a framework to understand the multifaceted masculine psyche.

In this seminal piece, authors Moore and Gillette posit that mature masculinity is neither destructive nor dominating, but is actually generous and nurturing both towards oneself and towards others. They also point to the elimination of masculine initiation rituals as the main cause of the crisis in masculinity in the 20th c
Jul 24, 2015 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An utterly fascinating exploration of masculinity through Jungian archetypes. At various points it is risk-taking and contentious, and I certainly do not concur with all of it. It was recommended as a primer for a workshop I am leading exploring the divine masculine and has proved to be invaluable, linking into other research I have already conducted. It has left me wondering what the feminine equivalents/countertypes are. I'd love to know if there is a feminine exploration that dovetails with i ...more
Feb 25, 2015 Quan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Eh, I'm not the biggest fan of this book. The authors argue that in today's society, there is a crisis of masculinity because we have gotten away from ancient traditions centered around the four archetypes that make up the book title. However, their evidence is shaky at best. They describe these archetypes and their historical/cultural background well. But they don't offer many reasons why we should necessarily be following these archetypes beyond the fact that they're old and they generally sou ...more
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“This is the man who thinks too much, who stands back from his life and never lives it. He is caught in a web of pros and cons about his decisions and lost in a labyrinth of reflective meanderings from which he cannot extricate himself. He is afraid to live, to ‘leap into battle.’ He can only sit on his rock and think. The years pass. He wonders where the time has gone. And he ends by regretting a life of sterility. He is a voyeur, an armchair adventurer. In the world of academia, he is a hairsplitter. In the fear of making the wrong decision, he makes none. In his fear of living, he also cannot participate in the joy and pleasure that other people experience in their lived lives. If he is withholding from others, and not sharing what he knows, he eventually feels isolated and lonely. To the extent that he has hurt others with his knowledge and technology—in whatever field and in whatever way—by cutting himself off from living relatedness with other human beings, he has cut off his own soul.” Refering the the dark magician energy.” 8 likes
“the positive Warrior energy destroys only what needs to be destroyed in order for something new and fresh, more alive and more virtuous to appear.” 4 likes
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