©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.
Appreciate his broad perspective and drive to put this book out there. The subject of masculinity is more and more needed for the younger generations especially.
There were some valuable triggers offered in many of the concepts. Some of the religious ideas he gives are based on a very good general knowledge, but are misrepresented from being "zoomed-out" too far. You'll know them when you hear them if you understand your religion well.
There's also a "bashing" of a historical political leader that is unnecessary and exaggerated.
Overall, it is good "food for thought"; all things considered.
This has to be one the the best books I've ever read. Highly recommended for motivated men. I gave 4* for performance because sometimes the narrator would say the most profound things so calmly and fast as if they didn't have such a profound meaning.
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
Easy read, made really awesome points & the used to write it was very captivating.
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