A classic work of female psychology that uses seven archetypcal goddesses as a way of describing behavior patterns and personality traits is being introduced. Goddesses in Everywoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Goddesses in everywoman Archetypes in women’s lives; 2. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a Jungian psychiatrist, has written several books on the.

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At the very least, the author acknowledges that men have aspects of Goddesses within them, and women have aspects of Gods within them.

Goddesses in Everywoman : Powerful Archetypes in Women’s Lives

Maybe I’m too self-sufficient and don’t view myself as being under the psychological influence of anything in particular. There were also many times when I would notice something had been explained several times already, and have to sit through the author explaining it to me all over again, such as certain myths or backstories for Gods.

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A classic work of female psychology that uses seven goddssses goddesses as a way of describing behavior patterns and personality traits is being introduced to the next generation of readers with a new introduction by the author.

In ancient cultures, they came to be seen as mythological Goddesses. I took Freud’s theories to apply to both men and women, while ignoring his stuff on women.

Goddesses in Everywoman

This resulted in only a brief discussion of the key goddesses of the Greek pantheon. Customer Support Privacy policy Home. It does give interesting insights into the development of patriarchal religion and how the female has been denigrated through time.


To her credit, Bolen mitigates the problem somewhat by showing the reader how to interlace two or more personality archetypes together to make a more concrete image, but the advice is still too generic to call helpful.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of The moment this book ahinoda jumped the shark for me: The author did an excellent job in tying in the traits and archetypes of each God and Goddess to their mythology, everjwoman accounting for alternate retellings, and the cultural context in which myths were developed.

It’s not bad, it’s just not that good, and somehow doesn’t live up to the solid mythological archetypes of its predecessor. The author acknowledges that we all have many different aspects of the Gods inside of us, but that was just something that I noticed.

Recommended to Olga by: Archetypes of the goddess are helpful as guides to defining ourselves, our paths, and our place within our communities. Mysteries of the Feminine Divine.

Goddesses in Everywoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen

The way this book becomes useful is that in understanding these goddesses women of modern times can relate to different aspects of themselves both in their current life and in their younger life. She is a former board member of the Ms. Yeah, that’s definitely the problem. Psychoanalyst Jean Bolen’s career soared in the early s when Jezn in Everywoman was published. I kept reminding myself that the author was speaking metaphorically–I get metaphor.

Mar 08, Bailey rated it it was ok. These include Artemis, Athena, and Hestia.

For women, you are either an Artemis, who does not interact with men at all and focuses solely on her career, or you are a Hera, who does not know who she is without her husband, and hates all other women. I think, as a human being, I have to read Gods in Every Man as well. I enjoyed reading both about goddesses I tend to see in myself – namely Artemis and Athena- and the two I reluctantly accept as not-insignificant portions of my persona – Demeter and Persephone – as well as the three I fail to fully comprehend – Hestia, Hera, and Aphrodite.


Essentially, Bolen’s aim is meant to be supportive, I think. Does this book impart similar wisdom to any potential male readers? She cited virtually no scientific studies to support her theories.

Sometimes this was in relation eevrywoman Gods and Goddesses that I already knew I felt close to, such as Artemis, but oftentimes it was in relation to deities that I would never have dreamed to developing a personal connection to, like Zeus, Poseidon, or Ares. It’s written by a renowned psychiatrist who’s both a Jungian analyst and an ardent feminist. This is the sort of thing that Goddesses In Everywoman teaches.

Every woman on planet Earth needs to drop what they are doing right now and go get this book and then read it. Most women will express one of these goddesses as our natural archetype. There has never been a better time in history for you to fulfill your full potential by embracing and embodying your true Self.

And at different times in a woman’s life, a different goddess may be in her.

All of the [fluids] in our body become moist when we are moved-we cry, we lubricate, we bleed, all of the numinous experiences of our bodies have to do with moisture. At the very least, some compelling statistics.