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Three Cheers for Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette's 1990 Book: Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! (REVIEW ESSAY)

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Duluth, Minnesota (OpEdNews) February 29, 2016: In an intelligent essay titled "'Son of Saul,' Kierkegaard, and the Holocaust" in the New York Times dated February 28, 2016, philosophy professor Katalin Balog reviews the deeply affecting film "Son of Saul," a film set in Auschwitz-Birkenau during the Holocaust.

As Balog explains, the character named Saul is "a member of the Sonderkommando, a group of mostly Jewish prisoners the Nazis forced to assist with herding people to the gas chambers, burning the bodies and collecting gold and valuables from corpses."

Balog says, "The movie's central theme is Saul's inner world, the loss and recovery of his soul."

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It is remarkable that Balog's lucid essay appears in such a widely read venue.

However, all of us have lost our souls as a result of the traumatization that we have experienced, starting in our early childhood. So all of us need to recover our souls. As Balog intimates, the recovery of our souls involves recovering our subjectivity (also known as inwardness).

Now, approximately 25 years ago, Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette published their accessible short book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine (HarperSanFrancisco, 1990).

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Subsequently, Moore and Gillette co-authored four separate books, one each about the four masculine archetypes of maturity (William Morrow, 1992a, 1992b, 1993a, and 1993b).

Over the years, the Jungian theorist and psychotherapist Robert L. Moore of the Chicago Theological Seminary presented numerous workshops about the masculine archetypes of maturity, which were tape recorded and audiotapes of them were made available to interested people.

According to Moore's elaborate theory, each of the four masculine archetypes of maturity involves one optimal form, but two "shadow" forms.

Moore also claims that there are four parallel feminine archetypes of maturity, each of which involves one optimal form but two "shadow" forms. In addition, he claims that each human person comes equipped with both sets of archetypes of maturity in his or her psyche. As a result, optimal recovery involves recovering from all "shadow" forms of all eight archetypes of maturity.

Even though Balog does not happen to mention C. G. Jung explicitly, she says, "A subjective orientation . . . is based on an attunement to the inner experience of feeling, sensing, thinking and valuing that unfolds in our day-to-day living." Which calls to mind Jung's terminology about intuiting, sensing, thinking, and feeling-valuing functions.

Concerning Jung's thought about the masculine and the feminine archetypes in the human psyche, see my essay "Understanding Jung's Thought" that is available at the University of Minnesota's digital conservancy: hdl.handle.net/10792/2576.

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However, to commemorate and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Moore and Gillette's 1990 book, I am going to list here profiles of all the different combinations of "shadow" forms of only the four masculine archetypes of maturity that all men and all women have in their psyches, using Moore and Gillette's colorful terminology.

I invite you to look over the profiles I sketch and try to figure out for yourself which profile might describe the psychopaths who have spurred Rob Kall's interest.

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)
 

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