Men, power, and myths : the quest for male identity

by Allan Guggenb├╝hl

Book, 1997

Status

Available

Call number

MS

Call number

MS

Publication

New York : Continuum, 1997.

Physical description

215 p.; 24 cm

Local notes

In this book, Jungian analyst Allan Guggenbuhl develops a completely new psychological theory about men. His idea is that traditional psychology has failed to tackle the main objectives that motivate men in their private and public lives.
When men dedicate themselves to work, fight for social causes, start families, or get crazy over sports, they are enacting concealed mythic patterns -- patterns that lie at the very heart of our culture. Men have a natural affinity for myth and mythmaking which, Guggenbuhl maintains, results in grandiose aspirations and what often appears to be the purest sort of self-indulgence. At the same time, such thinking also helps to explain a seeming helplessness that men have in dealing with their own feelings.

Once all of this is understood, Guggenbuhl maintains, a true equality in relationships, based on the differences between the sexes, can also be attained. Men can thereby achieve a greater understanding and more realistic appreciation of their strengths and weaknesses.
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