The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By
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
I recommend the extended edition that includes exercises to work towards the experience and integration of each step asking the way.
These stories generally fall into six archetypes: orphan, innocent, magician, wanderer, warrior, and altruist. The type of story shifts over time and is partly culturally constructed (this is the third edition, and the author talks about the changes briefly). The idea is that we think of ourselves as heroes in our stories. The type of hero differs, but we c ...more
"Women, minority men, and the working class all have been culturally define as inferior and, as such, their role is to serve. To the degree that these groups have internalized such ideas, much o...more
Although her perceptions of the mentioned archetypes are largely correct, I can't help but get very tired of her feminist, anti white male stance.. So tired I couldn't take her seriously after the first 60 pages.
From someone writing a book on psychological archetypes, I'd expect a more balanced and less Marxism-lite ideology suffusing almost every page. ...more
Honestly, I've never really liked self-help bo ...more
"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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I also like that we need to pull up different archetypes within us depending on the situation, and that the traits we dislike in others may sometimes speak to the archetypes ...more
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
This book was mentioned many times on a YouTuber (like stories of old), I really like the book. I would say my two strong archetypes I see now are the Innocent and The Magicians but I see the author is telling we all have these archetypes and we got find every way to balanced them. Later on I will try the exercise
It's a treasure throve of exercises too, and can even be read as a therapeutic analysis of yourself. ...more
This book breaks down people’s perspective that are attached with an archetype. It breaks out from minute details to look at people’s strengths and weaknesses as a whole. These are not viewed as judgement but as areas for growth or developing strength. It’s a treasure of clarity and simplicity.
Really interesting interpretation of life and its challenges!
A slightly lengthier review on my blog: https://adventuresofatraveller.wordpr... ...more
Dr. Pearson previous book, The Transforming Leader, is an edited collection of cutt ...more