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The Heroine's Journey: Woman's Quest for Wholeness

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This workbook guides readers through the heroine's journey--the quest to heal the deep wounding of the feminine nature on personal, cultural, and spiritual levels. Each chapter recounts personal experiences as well as a myth or fairytale to describe a phase of the journey. Illustrations. 20,000 print.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published June 23rd 1990 by Shambhala (first published 1990)
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Roya
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
تمام مایعات بدن ما وقتی که تحت تاثیر قرار میگیریم-وقتی گریه میکنیم، عشق می ورزیم، خونریزی داریم- جاری می شوند. تمام تجارب الهی بدن مابه رطوبت ربط دارند و این رطوبت است که به این سیاره حیات می بخشد. بزرگترین گناه بشریت خشکی و بی حاصلی است و نیاز بزرگ بشر نیز این است که رطوبت و سبزی را به زندگی بیاورد.
Emily
Apr 01, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: 1990
This book is DATED. Which is interesting because it was published 18 years ago. It's kind of wild that a book like this can seem so old because it indicates to me that quite a lot has happened in the last 18 years. This book came out when I was beginning my most radical feminist years and if I'd read it then, I'd probably have loved it. But the issues in it now seem like they are of another time, in a way. This is not to say that women don't still struggle with the balance of having it all or ho ...more
Sue Mii
Sep 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book at its best was a disappointment, and at its worst was literally offensive.

THIS IS NOT a female-oriented companion to Joseph Campbell's study of the Hero's Journey/Monomyth. First, you need to know that if you are looking for a study of narrative structure, you will be just as disappointed as I was, and will find very little of value for your writing or analysis.

Second, know that this is a feminist self-help book written in 1990, and is rife with dated, unbalanced views of feminism cl
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shyla
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Very insightful read about spiritual and feminist liberation. However, there was a chapter on the continuation on the stereotype that women of color being the bearers of the great mysteries and great healers of the world. I don't see this as being much different than the black mammy stereotype. There was also a story in which she pointed out that the woman was black but which had nothing to do with the story. I think I am going to write her a letter.
Samaneh
بسیاری از زنان بسیار موفق ،دختران پدر محسوب میشوند زیرا آنها در جستجوی کسب تایید و قدرت آن اولین الگوی مردانه هستند.تایید و تحسین مادر آنها چندان مهم تلقی نمیشود و این پدر است که زنانگی را تعریف میکند و این تعریف ،بر جنسیت دختر،توانایی ارتباط با مردان و قابلیت او برای موفق شدن در دنیا اثر میگذارد.احساس خوب زن ازبلند پرواز بودن ،قدرت داشتن ،پول در آوردن و داشتن رابطه موفق با یک مرد از رابطه او با پدرش ناشی میشود.
روانشناسانی که روی انگیزه های افراد مطالعه میکنند دریافته اند که بسیاری از زنان موفق
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Brittany Nelson
Feb 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
I was initially excited to read this book. It is supposed to be the female companion to Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Being a great fan of that book and Joseph Campbell, but finding lack of the feminine in that book, this is what first drew me in. However, I am even hurt by this comparison because Campbell’s masterpiece, with its faults, is still genius. This book, besides being racist, or at the very least fetishizing race, and being backwards in its feminine politics is jus ...more
Christine Locke
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I started quoting this book before I finished reading it. That's pretty much an indication that it's an important one for me. If you write women's fiction and you haven't read this book, read it. If you write about women and you haven't read this book, read it. I'm having a reaction that I've heard others have when they "discover" Joseph Campbell's work for the first time: how did I not know about this book sooner? It's especially strange for me that I wrote a master's thesis in the 90's about t ...more
Shannon Heather
I felt that I connected with the intent and spirit of the book. Being a fan of Joseph Campbell, this went right along with that only from a feminine point of view; the heroine vs. the hero. Some of the modern content/stories did seem a bit dated, at least compared to my own small social community. There were quite a few phrases, stories and quotes that really did stick with me though. I believe it would be a good book to start off with to jump start research and exploration into the development ...more
Laura
This book was strongly recommended by several speakers at Geek Girl Con who were disappointed that Joseph Campbell’s worth on the monomyth excluded the female mythic adventure. Campbell’s comment that women don’t need to make the journey pains me deeply.* Like the author, I found it deeply unsatisfying.

I like the idea of expanding on The Hero’s Journey; of moving from a monomyth to a multiplicity of mythic paths. Murdock proposes a different, 10 step mythic adventure for women:

1. Separation fro
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Warren Rochelle
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Murdock wrote this book to be therapeutic, to not just share the "essence of the female journey," but to guide women through a journey of self-actualization, of self-discovery, as she grows up, comes of age, as she becomes her self, as she becomes an adult woman.

The heroine's journey template used is akin to the Hero's Journey or the Monomyth made so familiar by Joseph Campbell, and the book takes the reader through each stage, from Separation from the Feminine to Integration of the Feminine an
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Chandra Ryder
I like that Maureen set out to create a book for women along the lines of Joseph Campbells research on "The Hero's Journey" and I benefitted from this book personally because of the emotional and relational issues I was working through at the time. However, as a work to lay out the Heroine's Journey for the sake of learning how to tell women's stories, I felt it was lacking in a structure which another writer could follow, which is why I wanted to read the book.

It's a good read if you know what
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Serena Jade
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Patriarchal Relationships, there is always a Dominate and Submissive-Excerpt from Heroine's Journey - Maureen Murdock touches upon the enormous task of going into the abyss and transforming into wholeness.


"My mother deemed worthy that I should be the rejected, quiet, martyr, powerless/ full of shame and doubt, insignificant Co-dependent-caretaker. However, I have to identify with the other side of my personality. I have to accept and regard myself worthy of being different and to stand up for
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Ms. Riojas
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of only 2 books I have ever read that changed the way that I view my life as a woman. I loved this book and could hardly put it down. It is a beautiful way to add to the work of Joseph Campbell by answering to the way that women experience the journey. It is different and that should be acknowledged. Maureen Murdock did a wonderful job and illuminated some mythology that I see in a whole new light now. Her analysis of the myth of Demeter and Persephone as well as Inana and Erishkigal ...more
Melody
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Any woman familiar with Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey will resonate with this book. It addresses the journey from a uniquely feminine perspective. Although Campbell himself told the author that the female does not need to make the journey because she is the Goal of the hero's journey, Maureen felt that women have their own journey to make. We follow Maureen's journey loosely through each chapter as well as face the many challenges that women deal with and have been dealing with for centuries. ...more
Tamara
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A stellar tool for understanding one's psychology; using the concept's originally authored by Joseph Campbell, Murdock offers a more female-specific journey to which I had no troubles relating. Understanding that the journey is a spiral path (meaning one can revisit any portion of it over and over again) gives the reader an extremely useful tool in the quest for psychic individuation. Filled with some touching anecdotes, this book is a must-read for women who feel overwhelmed, wounded or lost in ...more
Caillean
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Da questo libro mi aspettavo qualcosa di più. E' molto interessante da leggere, però a tratti ho la sensazione che prenda in esame solo alcuni tipi di donne, nello specifico le donne in carriera degli anni Novanta. Inoltre, mi sembra che la figura dell'autrice sia troppo presente e ciò a scapito dell'oggettività del libro; infatti, sebbene la Murdock voglia descrivere il viaggio che qualsiasi donna intraprende nel corso della vita, le sue vicende personali non mi hanno aiutata a condividere tale ...more
Cherity Cook
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
A few good insights, but you have to wade through an awful lot of chaff to get to the wheat.

Not a parallel to Campbell's monomyth. More a self-help book that might be useful if you struggle with the EXACT issues as the author.

A few good moments. There are even a few people I might recommend it to, but it's objective seems misrepresented to me.
Terelyn
May 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Draws from epic tales of women's rites of passage: identification with the masculine, reconnection with the feminine, healing the mother/daughter split, duality, and finding the prince with a heart.
Elmira
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this book, and I enjoy reading it. It has so many facts that I faced in my life. Some times I feel the writer is living inside me :)
Marydanielle
A guide for deep traveling.
Sonya Madden
Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book that gripped me from start to finish. It explained so much in regards to family relationships around me. I plan on reading it again!
Bridget Finklaire
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages but the timing was perfect for now. I could relate to every page, each one providing ongoing insight into the existential dilemma that I suspect most women battle with internally - even if they’re unaware of the conflict. It makes sense of the struggles we have on so many levels, from adrenal fatigue to overwhelm, to the perennial juggling act between wanting a life in the world and wanting to nurture children and family. Ultimately to find balance an ...more
Julianna
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This book explores feminine and masculine archetypes, as told through telling of mythological tales from different traditions and manifestations of them in real life. Maureen Murdock makes a compelling case for the links between the destruction of our ecological systems, subjugation of women and animals and minorities, and unbridled greed to masculine energy in our society gone haywire. At a more micro level, the imbalance between masculine and feminine energy causes many women (and men) to burn ...more
Angie Mattson Stegall
Life-affirming

I love this book about the heroine's journey, which IS different than the Hero's Journey. So many stories, instructions, and so much enlightenment for me in this book. If you are a woman awakening, read this book.
Karen Briscoe
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A true classic on woman's quest for wholeness. The material acts as a guide for the reader through story, myth, and experiences. Powerful insights into how to heal and move forward as a woman with both power and grace. Karen Briscoe, author and podcast host "5 Minute Success"
Danielle
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Read for screenwriting research. immediately struck a chord with me. highly recommend for female and male readers/writers. interesting snippets of women's place in history and society. great starting point for the healing journey.
Bernadette
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women
Very thankful to Maureen Murdock for writing this book. Issues highlighted are still issues today. Recommend reading this after "Women Who Run with the Wolves" by Clarissa P. Estes.
S.E. Ellis
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simply one of the best books I've ever read. Great for authors and for those interested in feminism. And if you're a feminist author, you'll be in heaven!
Stephanie Nidess
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A book you could read over and over again and constantly find new inspiration. The book speaks to the subconscious so beautifully and to the consciousness with honesty and love. Read it and be open.
Brian
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed that there wasn't more focus on a feminine story structure to use in contrast to the standard monomyth.
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Maureen Murdock is an author, educator, Jungian-oriented psychotherapist and photographer. Maureen teaches memoir writing, which she loves, through UCLA Extension Writers' Program and in workshops throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe. She has a small private psychotherapy practice in Santa Barbara and was Chair and Core faculty of the MA Counseling Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate I ...more
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