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Stories We Need to Know

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Chapter 1 What if there is a road-map to personal growth? What if that map exists in our culture's literature? Chapter 2 An overview of the six archetypal stages and what it means to work with archetypes. Chapter 3 A discussion of the individual stages: The Innocent. Chapter 4 The Orphan: Looking for something to attach to. Chapter 5 The Pilgrim: Looking for meaning. Chapter 6 The Warrior-Lover: The twinned attributes of love and decisiveness that must be mastered, even if they seem contradictory at first sight. Chapter 7 The Monarch Pair. The alliance between the King and Queen, 'male' power and 'female' compassion. Chapter 8 The Magician: Bringing out the best in others. Chapter 9 The Road to Magician Level, and the Role of the Ego. Chapter 10 The Archetypes and their Sub-Stages. Part II Chapter 11 Where Did these Ideas Come From? A specific assessment of how this theory of the stages came about, the empirical research, and a case history. Part III Chapter 12 The Stages as Reflected in Literature. The Odyssey, the Oresteiad, Sophocles' Oedipus, the New Testament, and Sir Gawain. Chapter 13 The Literature, the Modern Period: Shakespeare, Marlowe, James, Dickens, Conrad, and J. K. Rowling. Chapter 14 What the Literature has Shown: The way we human beings make sense of our life-journeys. Chapter 15 Identifying Stages of Development in Oneself and Others: And why this is essential. Chapter 16 Love and Creativity: How to nurture them, and the way towards peace.

About the Author

Allan G. Hunter is a therapist and a professor of literature at Curry College in Massachusetts. He is the author of Joseph Conrad and the Ethics of Darwinism, Life Passages, and The Sanity Manual.


"A brilliant taxonomy of humanity." -- Timothy Staveteig, publisher, Pilgrim Books

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