©1992 Robert Moore; (P)2009 Phoenix
Through historical studies, psychological profiles of popular ideologies in both the media and in religion, the authors (Moor and Gillette) seek to answer the questions, What is Masculinity? Is it important? Where did it go and why can't we seem to find it?
Throughout the twentieth century, primarily in Western Culture, we've lost the ability to separate being a Boy from being a Man. There are no longer any defined qualities that everyone recognizes as being "manly." Many people (not merely feminists) decry men as brutes. Phrases like "be a man" or "man up" are sexist and crush the creativity of our children. The authors cite the absence of a father in many homes in recent years is an example of why its important that we soon discover, and teach our sons, exactly what it means to be a man. That men, through the help of our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, wives, lovers, and friends, must discover the King that resides in all of us.
This book raised my eyebrows a lot. The authors tend to treat wide sweeping subjects like religion and politics as examples for their psychological evaluation. If those subjects are touchy for you, then just be warned. Every so often the authors let their own internal biases slip inside this document in sarcastic gibes that made me cringe, but those moments are few. And for the most part this book is inspirational and eye-opening. I recommend it highly.
This book is extremely powerful. It has guided me to a great new path where I am striving to master my king archetype. I've experienced years of therapy, self help books, meditation, etc, and I have to say, this book would have helped me even more tremendously if I had read it years ago.
Awesome narration. Useful, often bizarre, frequently laugh-out-loud, content. Highly recommended! Background in psychology will help appreciate more. The King framework here creates useful heuristics to guide action and introspection, I might suggest 'intentional change theory' as a supplement
Really good stuff. I see a lot of the problems mentioned in myself and now I know what I need to fix and more or less how to do it. Although, it will take much effort on my part. Makes me want to read the unabridged version for more insight on the ideas
This book requires that you have some knowledge about the work of Freud, Ericson and/or Jung.
I'm sure that if I had known more of their work, this book would be great!
(In addition the language was very complex, and the narratir read a bit too quickly which made it hard to understand everything)
Bad, like real bad.. There's no science in this, the author is using examples and stories of kingdoms and religions and explains it in his own way to reach his own poetic conclusions (which may or may not be true), and why on earth is this hard language? I got the feeling that he opened a dictionary for every single word and chose the most uncommon synonym.. Why man why? Horrible horrible!
Easy read, made really awesome points & the used to write it was very captivating.
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