In the face of the cultural myth that women fade away as they age, this book offers an historical look at women's potential to transform the third phase of their lives into one of wholeness and personal integration. This Jungian perspective on the mature woman looks to Greek, Egyptian, and Asian mythology for powerful archetypes of women in the third stage of life. The mythic origins of goddesses such as Metis, Sophia, Hecate, and Hestia are explored in order to illustrate how their intellectual, mystical, spiritual, intuitive, or meditative attributes can help women to forge more meaningful lives.
Después de los cincuenta años, la mujer entra a la tercera etapa de su vida—la que normalmente no es respetada por la cultura popular. En contra del mito cultural que la mujer se apaga con maduración, este libro propone que las mujeres tienen la capacidad de trasformar la tercera etapa de sus vidas en una de unidad e integración personal. Esta perspectiva de la mujer usa los mitos de Grecia, Egipto y Asia como los arquetipos de mujeres maduras. Los orígenes de las diosas Metis, Sophia, Hecate y Hestia son discutidos para ilustrar como sus características intelectuales, místicas, espirituales, intuitivas o meditativas pueden ayudar a las mujeres a crear sus propias vidas significantes. read more
Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker. She is the author of The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don't Whine, Urgent Message from Mother, Like a Tree, and Moving Toward the Millionth Circle. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, a past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the International Transpersonal Association. She was a recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing's "Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award." She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She was in three acclaimed documentaries: the Academy–Award winning anti-nuclear proliferation film Women—For America, For the World, the Canadian Film Board's Goddess Remembered, and FEMME: Women Healing the World. The Millionth Circle Initiative www.millionthcircle.org was inspired by her book and led to her advocacy for a UN 5th World Conference on Women http://5wcw.org. Her website is www.jeanbolen.com.read more
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Recycling a format she successfully employed in Goddesses in Everywoman (1984), Bolen, the author of seven works of Jungian psychology, addresses an older audience, urging women over 50 to search out positive archetypes or patterns of behavior that lie dormant in their inner selves that will help them realize their full potential. A Jungian analyst and professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, Bolen relies heavily on her earlier work, in which Greek goddesses personified aspects of the feminine psyche. For "crones" (women in the postmenopausal stage of their lives), Bolen posits four principal goddessesÄMetis, Sophia, Hecate and HestiaÄeach of whom embodies practical intellectual, mystical, spiritual, intuitive or meditative aspects of wisdom. She recounts the goddesses' mythic origins and shows how their attributes can help women forge a more meaningful life. Bolen also highlights the empowering attributes of outrage, mirth and kindness incarnated in certain Asian myths. In the second part of this work, Bolen revisits seven goddesses described in her original work, this time relating them to older women. Finally, Bolen urges older women to congregate in groups patterned on the consciousness-raising circles of the 1960s, to become a force for change spiritually and politically. Readers skeptical of Jungian philosophy may find the concepts here too abstract and convoluted to serve as a practical guide to aging. But for those who celebrate their maturity, Bolen's thoughtful mytho-psychology will be an inspiration. (Mar.) Forecast: Though this invitation to embrace their inner "crone" probably won't appeal to the wide female readership that made Goddesses in Everywoman a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and backlist staple, Bolen is closely connected to her core readers. With 32 workshops, bookstore appearances and lectures planned in 25 cities, she can look forward to solid sales. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved