The Hero Within
Works like Joseph Campbell's The Hero With a Thousand Faces have introduced readers to the significance of myth and archetype in our lives. Carol Pearson's bestselling The Hero With...more
But as a psychology book... Read Non Violent Communication and everything by Nathaniel Branden instead.
"The belief that we have to compromise critical parts of ourselves to fit in makes visible and real to us both our need for love and our equally strong need to explore who we are. The tension between these incredibly strong and apparently conflicting impulses leads us first to give up important pieces of ourselves in order to fit in, and in that way to learn how much love and belonging means to us, and finally, radically, to choose ourselves and our journeys as even more important to us than car ...more
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However, the last "stage" and largely most important steps are all related to spirituality, with a massive swath of Cristian examples. Other religions are used, but by far and above capital ...more
A slightly lengthier review on my blog: https://adventuresofatraveller.wordpr...
This book spends 80% of the time explaining 6 heroic archetypes that we all live by and the journey we must all take to complete the cycle. The last 20% of the book has a quiz to identify the archetypes roles in your current life and lists exercises on how to maximize your potential through each role. The two issues I have with this book are that it's descriptions of the archetypes seem to ramble on and on;I've said it before, why say in 500 ...more
Somehow, in the middle, I felt it didn't show much promise as its title did. I admire Carol Pearson's observation of how humans interact and behave in society.
The question is: "How different or similar are the archetypes she talks about from the characters we already know from mythology, the Bible, or etcetera?"
Re-readable? Sadly, no. :(
Memorable and thought-provoking.
Dr. Pearson previous book, The Transforming Leader, is an edited collection of cutt ...more