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He by Robert A. Johnson
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"She may be the one who notices, even before the man himself is aware of it, that there is suffering and a haunting sense of injury and incompleteness in him. A man suffering in this way is often driven to idiotic things to cure the wound and ease the desperation he feels. Usually he seeks an unconscious solution outside of himself, complaining about his work, his marriage, or his place in the world.
This is to say that the wound, which represents consciousness, is bearable only when the wounded is doing his inner work, proceeding with the task of consciousness which was inadvertently started with the wound in his youth." pg. 8

"A boy may conquer a rough or rude sum of energy inside himself, overcome a bully or a clever cheat within. This is equally effective in making the transition from boy to man. This is native language to the introverts of our society.
If the Red Knight battle goes badly, either inwardly or outwardly, that sum of energy will go rampant in the personality and emerge as a bully, a vandal, or an angry young man. It can also take the form of the beaten and defeated shy man.
The Red Knight is the shadow side of masculinity, the negative potentially destructive power. To truly become a man the shadow personality must be struggled with, but it cannot be repressed. The boy must not repress his aggressiveness since he needs the masculine power of his Red Knight shadow to make his way through the mature world." Pg. 24

"It is the accomplished man who is most capable of asking unanswerable questions about his worth and the meaning of his life. This questioning, often called the "dark night of the soul" in medieval theology has an uncanny way of claiming one at two or three o'clock in the morning. Someone observed darkly that it is always 2 a.m. when one is in the "dark night of the soul."
There is a great urge in a man at this stage of his life to get a new Fair Damsel as protection from the Hideous Damsel; but unless he comes to terms with the dark element first, no old or new damsel of any description will save him from this dark time of his life." pg. 69
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August 22, 2018 – Started Reading
August 22, 2018 – Shelved
August 22, 2018 – Shelved as: anthro-sociology
August 22, 2018 – Shelved as: men-s-health
August 22, 2018 – Shelved as: non-fiction
August 22, 2018 – Shelved as: psychology
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