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The King Within: Accessing the King in the Male Psyche | [Robert Moore, Douglas Gillette]

The King Within: Accessing the King in the Male Psyche

In this contribution to the emerging men's movement, Robert Moore, a Jungian psychoanalyst and Douglas Gillette, a mythologist, examine the inner King - one of the four archetypes on the male psyche. The inner King integrates power and nurturing, firmness and caring, courage and creativity, self-affirmation and self-sacrifice. From his central position between the world of imagination and the world of action, the King within challenges every man to take up his own scepter, to dream and to make them come true.
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In this pioneering contribution to the emerging men's movement, Robert Moore, a Jungian psychoanalyst and Douglas Gillette, a mythologist, examine the inner King - one of the four archetypes on the male psyche. The inner King integrates power and nurturing, firmness and caring, courage and creativity, self-affirmation and self-sacrifice. From his central position between the world of imagination and the world of action, the King within challenges every man to take up his own scepter, to dream and to make them come true. The King Within both responds to the needs being formulated by the men's movement and addresses the larger questions of male psychology.

©1992 Robert Moore; (P)2009 Phoenix

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    John Griffin, GA, United States 10-12-11
    John Griffin, GA, United States 10-12-11 Member Since 2011

    Audiobooks! WOOO!!!

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    "Compelling Psychology"

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Chris C. 02-28-15
    Chris C. 02-28-15
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    "The answer to a lot of my life's struggles"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Salik 06-14-15
    Salik 06-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Too quick"

    The reader is too quick, I can't catch up sometimes and have to go back 20-40 sec

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    Brian 06-12-15
    Brian 06-12-15 Member Since 2014

    Fan of biographies, history, and books about the mind.

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    "A little fast paced but good"

    Interesting concepts. I'd be interested to see more updated or later editions of this though.

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    mdg 04-29-15
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    "Enlightening book"

    I'll definitely have to listen to this a few times to fully grasp the message, but The King Within is a very good read/listen with a very positive message.

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    E. Bybee 03-30-15
    E. Bybee 03-30-15 Member Since 2014

    Big Boston

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    "Lived up to expectations"

    You will need to listen more then once to understand it. I plan to cover this book several more time to internalize as much of it as possible.

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    Richard 02-27-15
    Richard 02-27-15
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    "Great starting point "

    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

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    Amund 02-21-15
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    "Hard to understand"

    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)

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    Fares Alahmar Warsaw 06-10-15
    Fares Alahmar Warsaw 06-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Bad book"

    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!

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    melvin 12-31-14
    melvin 12-31-14 Member Since 2015
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    "I don't understand"

    I have absolutely no idea what's going on. I'm sure if I understood then this book would probably be one of the best.

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    "Breezed it!"

    Easy read, made really awesome points & the used to write it was very captivating.

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