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Feet of Clay by Anthony Storr
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Oct 25, 2009

it was amazing
Read in January, 2003

A very important book by one of the truely wise men of the psychiatric profession, or in Storr's case vocation. I've collected all his book and read parts of them a few times. In a real sense Storr is my chosen guru teacher on field of psychiatry, of which I am both highly critical and pragmatically involved. In turn he compares the guru characteristics of both Jung and Freud.

What I learned, fundamentally, from this book is to constantly check in the mirror and recognise my own tendacy towards gurudom ... which is pretty much part and parcel of being a charasmatic writer. The sub-title "Saints, Sinners and Madmen" pretty much covers the symbolic spectrum (though I'd also add Angels to the list before Saints), at least in terms of male gurus. Comparative literature about women gurus would be useful to this being.

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