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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
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....more
jessi lee
Jan 22, 2008 jessi lee rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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) &...more
really interesting look at some cultural archetypes of masculinity...a quick read, too.
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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.
Apr 25, 2014 Columbus rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Introspective men
Recommended to Columbus by: Online Jungians
Shelves: psychology
This is the closest thing to a self-help book i've ever read. I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but I was pleasantly surprised by how intelligent and insightful it is. I found traits of each of the four masculine archetypes intuitively familiar. As someone who got into Jungian thought through his writings on the psychological types and functions, it was interesting to relate the masculine archetypes to the functions. For instance, the way Moore and Gillette describe the Lover archetype remi...more
James Forbes
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.
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.
The King, Warrior, Magician Lover by Robert Moore and Douglass Gillette was a light and interesting introduction to Jungian psychology, something I've always wanted to know more about. It made me more aware of the various idealized archetypes of men that we have in society, and that I have for myself. Lately I have been wanting to transform myself into a man, as I feel I'm still a boy in many ways.

They describe how our society has lost the ancient rights of passages that men had to go through t...more
Benjamin Espen
Based on a recommendation from the Art of Manliness, I bought King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine from Bookmans. I couldn't find it at my local new bookstores, but you can find it online new or used. Since I bought it used, it took me forever to find the tiny "Men's issues" section. It was only one shelf in a rather large bookstore, but I finally found it tucked underneath the sexual self-help books. It was worth the effort.

The four archetypes sho...more
Hugh Deburgh
Easy to read and follow for the non-professional (Psychology).

This book maps out the male psyche, both the boyish and the adult forms. It explains how much of the negative male behavior we see today originates in the boy, though negative aspects (the shadows) exist in both boy and adult man versions of these archetypes. The book describes the passive, active, shadow and dominant forms of each archetype. The authors state that all men need all four masculine aspects to be fully functional and he...more
Jim Morris
I had previously read two authors on the subject of archetypes as personality markers, Jean Shinoda Bolen and Carol S. Pearson. They're both terrific. But this is the only such book that I know of written specifically for men. As such it complements the others very well. I'd suggest it for men who want to know themselves and to women who want to know their men.
A bit New Age-y, this was a great read in terms of redefining the current perception of masculinity, which has been corrupted by the spoilt-brat antics of Justin Bieber and the wife-beater attitude of Chris Brown.

This isn't a book necessarily about being a "man" as such, more about becoming a well-rounded, empathetic and above all, responsible individual.
C.A. Young
Heavily gender essentialist and heterocentric, as well as being critical of feminism in ways that are not quite fair. Understandably male-centered book -- it's a book for men about masculinity -- but the assumption of binary gender and masculinity as something which is a singular thing instead of being a point on a spectrum is foundational to the book.

That said, there is some value in here in terms of contextualizing interpersonal and personal difficulties in a symbolic way, and in using that s...more
it is a great book for men and women to understand their thinking and the kind of characters behind that thinking.
The description of the four psychological masculine archetypes was great. I liked they way the put context around the various masculine characteristics and their positive and negative manifestations within individuals and society as a whole. On the other hand, I was disappointed by much of the explanation of where those archetypes arise from in the male psyche. It came across like someone trying to sound authoritative by padding what they know of a subject with lots of personal conjecture that s...more
Mario Tomic
Very insightful writing on masculine energy and how it shapes our lives. This is a book every man should read at least once.
Tejas Raghavendra
This is a beautiful book. A wonderful self help guide which teaches you how to be balanced.
Glen D
I found this book very insightful. It is by no means scientific, more so the theories of a very learned biblical scholar and Jungian psychologist.
Vinicius Dalpiccol
10/10 every man (or should I say boy) should read.
Very interesting theory on what it means to be a complete "man" described using archetypes that make it easy to understand. I found the Boy vs Man psychology section the most intriguing, for instance, how nowadays there are a lot of adult "boys" but few complete "men", "Man" not being synonymous with "macho", etc. but about being secure in oneself and being able to provide for wife and children in more ways than just financially. Some parts seem a little out there but didn't ruin it for me.
A quick and interesting read. Gives an ok idea about these four Jungean archetypes in relation to, claim the authors, being a man.

It is an introduction to the subject, really, and must be read as such. Even so it was loaded with conjectures (historical events, persons, data) that were too lightly spoken about as "facts" and solid evidence for this whole archetype idea. Without backing it up at all. That annoyed me quite a bit. And I remain very sceptical about the "dream arguments".
I found this book really helpful. The examples and writing style are a little dated and some may criticize it for using what seems like a more essentialist understanding of sexuality and gender, but for a guy like me trying to understand masculine psychology better I found this extremely helpful. A good combination of Jungian psychology and world mythology in explaining male consciousness.
This work is a structural, Jungian analysis of masculinity in a highly readable format. Although I'm often somewhat suspicious about archetypal excursions, it is an interesting and informative read. The plainness of the discussion might be considered to have one downside and that is the over-simplification of very complicated subjects.
Intriguing, especially the exploration of the Warrior and about immature male BUT somewhat undermined by the evidence they take from popular culture. It was as if a serious work tried to broaden it's appeal by citing modern culture as evidence for millennia of deep rooted archetypes. Thought provoking.
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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.” 1 likes
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