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Archetypes of masculinity – a blog re-reviews a classic on masculinity by a Jungian analyst

August 1, 2011

The Art of Manliness is a blog that is sometimes tongue-in-cheek and sometimes heart-on-sleeve, but always relevant to it’s focus:

The purpose of the Art of Manliness is to help men become better men. To that end, we often explore some of the problems unique to modern men and offer suggestions on actions they can take to overcome those problems

A recent post may be of particular interest to therapists with a Jungian bent. It features a review of King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine, by Jungian psychologist Robert Moore and mythologist Douglas Gillette.

Moore argues that masculinity is made up of four archetypal male energies which serve different purposes. All men, whether born in the U.S. or Africa, are born with these archetypal energies. The authors argue that to become a complete man, a man must work to develop all four archetypes. The result of striving to become complete is a feeling of manly confidence and purpose.

The post also goes on to present a short introduction to Jungian psychology.

http://artofmanliness.com/2011/07/31/king-warrior-magician-lover-introduction/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheArtOfManliness+%28The+Art+of+Manliness%29/

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