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Jean Shinoda Bolen’s celebrated work of female psychology that uses seven archetypical goddesses to describing behavior patterns and personality traits, as relevant and timeless today as when it was first published thirty years ago.Myths are fascinating stories that become even more intriguing when we realize that they can reveal intimate truths about ourselves and others.Jean Shinoda Bolen’s celebrated work of female psychology that uses seven archetypical goddesses to describing behavior patterns and personality traits, as relevant and timeless today as when it was first published thirty years ago.Myths are fascinating stories that become even more intriguing when we realize that they can reveal intimate truths about ourselves and others. Jean Shinoda Bolen brings the Greek pantheon to life as our inner archetypes and applies the power of myth to our personal lives. Once we understand the natural progression from myth to archetype to personal psychology, and realize that positive gifts and negative tendencies are qualities associated with a particular goddess within, we gain powerful insights.Depending on which goddess is more active within, one woman might be more committed to achieving professional success, while another more fulfilled as a wife and mother. From the autonomous Artemis and the cool Athena to the nurturing Demeter and the creative Aphrodite, she teaches women how to decide which to cultivate and which to overcome, and how to tap the power of these enduring archetypes to become a better “heroine” in their own life story....

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Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archetypes in Women's Lives Reviews

  • Shima Mahmoudi
    2019-04-07 18:11

    این همون کتاب انواع زنان بنیاد فرهنگ زندگیه که با "مشکل چاپ" مواجه شده.در مورد انواع آرکتایپ های زنانه ست.کلا مطالعه آرکتایپها خیلی تکه های پازل رو کنار هم قرار میده و جواب خیلی از سوالات رو میشه از این طریق گرفت.کنارش گوش دادن به کلاس صوتیش رو هم پیشنهاد می کنم. کلا مسیر طولانیه و بهره بردن از راهنمایی های کسی که چندین سال در این زمینه داره فعالیت می کنه خیلی جاده رو هموار می کنه.

  • Susan
    2019-04-20 16:12

    My students may not be surprised but educators probably would be to see this book on my education shelf. I've used this book when guiding women (younger and older) as they've struggled with their personal, social, and cultural identities. Archetypes of the goddess are helpful as guides to defining ourselves, our paths, and our place within our communities.

  • Salma
    2019-04-18 11:51

    I read this book at a point where I was clueless about my life, and Dr. Bolen helped me get back on track. This book may be one of the first of its kind ever written- blending Greek mythology with modern psychoanalysis. According to Bolen, the stories behind these goddesses(which she recaps in the book) have seeped into the collective unconscious and mold women's personalities from birth. She's separated them into three groups- 'virgin goddesses' (representing the independent, self-sufficient quality in women), vulnerable goddesses (representing relationship-oriented women), and Alchemical, or transformative. Interestingly, only Aphrodite's in the last category, and she also seems to be Bolen's favorite. That's cool with me- we all need Love. The primary goddesses that Bolen use are as follows, and I've added my very brief and somewhat crude take in parentheses on the kind of modern women these goddesses represent : 1) Artemis- goddess of the hunt and protector of women(workaholic and/or the President of NOW) 2) Athena- goddess of wisdom and craft, more comfortable around 'male' spheres (science nerd/law firm partner) 3) Hestia- goddess of the hearth and of solitude (a nun) 4) Hera- goddess of marriage (girls who went to college for their "Mrs." degree) 5) Demeter- goddess of grain and the maternal archetype (lady who's pregnant all the time) 6) Persephone- maiden and queen of death (Goth girls)7) Aphrodite- Need I say anything about her? The Goddess of Love (The girl who has three dates on Saturday night)My own intepretations are partly in jest, of course. One important thing to realize is that most women are a blend of the goddesses, or 'adopt' different goddesses at different stages of their lives. At the time I read this, I was a blend of Persephone, Artemis, and Aphrodite. I guess this means I'm totally wacked... Bolen describes what typical childhood, adolescence, and adult years are like for each goddess, and lists the strengths and weakness for each archetype, so one can become more self-aware and take steps to remedy what's not working and strengthen what is. There's also a great quiz somewhere floating around on the Internet called "Which Goddess are you?" based on this book, that I recommend taking as an intro. My one problem with this book was the focus on Western archetypes. So would this still apply to people in India and China who've had different myths seeping into their unconscious? Or has Western Imperialism ensured that everyone in the world will relate to these Greco-Roman myths? Being a Hindu, I tried drawing parallels to our own gods and goddesses and found similarities...but I'm still not sure. Either way, this book was very helpful, so I don't really care.

  • Jenny
    2019-04-26 15:49

    The moment this book finally jumped the shark for me: "[ESP] can be developed by [Persephone women] when they...learn to be receptive to images that arise spontaneously in their minds."As a feminist and a mythology nerd, this book is right up my alley. I was hoping it would be an interesting look into the female experience using the well-known stories of Greek goddesses as a framing device. What I got instead was a bunch of new age drivel based on an out-dated and discredited psychological theory. The chapters read like horoscopes: worded in such a way that everyone can find a way to make their life experience fit any of the descriptions.I kept reminding myself that the author was speaking metaphorically--I get metaphor. I've studied poetry and have a degree in anthropology--which helped, but here's the problem. The author didn't have a metaphorical attitude. She poke in definitive terms and made sweeping, declarative statements without any substantiation. She cited virtually no scientific studies to support her theories. Sorry, but in order to be taken seriously and respected as a legitimate therapy technique, you need actual empirical, verifiable data that can be duplicated and stand up to peer review. At the very least, some compelling statistics. Otherwise, you're just making shit up.And that's what I thought this book was. Shit.But then again, maybe my Athena is just too dominant and I can't appreciate spiritual nuance. Yeah, that's definitely the problem.

  • Sonya
    2019-04-22 20:05

    نماد های اسطوره ای زناندر این اثر نیروهای مسلط بر احساس و رفتار انسانها در قالب خدابانوان اساطیر یونانی معرفی شده است، هر زنی از درون تحت تاثیر کهن الگو ها و از بیرون با قالبهای رفتاری جامعه روبروست.در مورد هفت خدابانوی کوه المپ با تقسیم آن به دو گروه باکره و آسیب پذیر توضیحاتی داده شده است. خدابانوان باکره آرتمیس، آتنا و هستیا هستند که مظهر ویژگی های استقلال و خود بسندگی در زنان هستند. آرتمیس، خدابانوی شکارو ماه بود و طبیعت قلمرو او به شمار می رفت. وجود این کهن الگو در زنان آنها را قادر به پیگیری اهداف خود به طور مستقل از مردان می نماید و آنان به طور کلی حامی زنان ناتوان بوده و علاقه ای به مردان سلطه گر ندارد.آتنا خدابانوی عقل و مهارت می باشد که این زن مدیری رزم آرا و عزیز کرده ی پدر است و او اراده و عقل را برتر از غریزه و ذات می داند، آتنا در اسطوره ها حامی بسیاری از قهرمانان مرد اسطور ها بوده و وفاداری خاصی به مردان قدرتمند دارد. این زن تحت فرمان عقل خود بوده و حتی فاقد حس همدلی با محرومین است.هستیا خدابانوی آتشکده و زنی دانا است که بر خلاف دو خدابانوی قبلی جهت هوشیاری اش رو به درون بود و حالت برون گرا ندارد. این زن فاقد جاه طلبی بوده و خواهان حجب و آرامش است گروه بعدی هرا، دیمیتر و پرسفون خدابانوان آسیب پذیر نامگذاری شده اند که مظهر نقش های سنتی زنان یعنی همسر، مادر و دختر هستند.هرا خدابانوی زناشویی است که بیانگر وفاداری به عهد و تحمل در رابطه می باشد. این زن نیاز به مقام همسری دارد و شادمانی اش در وفاداری به شوهر و قدردانی همسر از وی می باشد.دیمیتر، خدابانوی روزی دهنده و مادر می باشد که از ویژگی های بارز او استقامت فراوان و بخشندگی می باشد. آری گفتن بی قید و شرط به خواسته های دیگران و فرو خوردن خشم در این زنان دیده می شود.پرسفون که در اسطوره دختر دیمیتر می باشد با ظاهری همیشه جوان توصیف شده است که تمایلی به فاعل بودن نداشته و منتظر کسی یا چیزی است که زندگی اش را تغییر دهد. داستان زجر و غم دیمیتر در دوری از پرسفون و انتظار او برای بازگشت فرزندش در اسطوره ها بیان شده و ویژگی های این دو خدا بانو در آن به وضوح شرح داده شده است. آخرین خدا بانو آفرودیت می باشد که از خدابانوان متحول کننده می باشد در مورد ویژگی های این خدا بانو در قسمت های مختلف این کتاب توضیحاتی داده شده است، اما بر خلاف موارد قبلی فصلی مختص به آن وجود ندارد، او خدا بانوی زیبایی و عشق است و در بین اسطوره ها معشوقه های فراوانی دارد.در درون هر زنی از ویژگی های خدابانوان مختلف به مقدار کم و زیاد دیده می شود اگر زن با بخشهای مختلف درون خود هماهنگ باشد، با تفکیک اهمیت جداگانه ی این ویژگی ها می تواند انتخاب آگاهانه ای داشته و با اراده خود در مواردی که لازم است اولویت را به خدا بانوی سازنده و مفید درونش دهد

  • Bailey
    2019-04-17 12:55

    This book, as much as I read, read like a combination of a Cosmo quiz and a self-help book for women 30 years ago. Admittedly, I have not kept up with theories on Carl Jung's archetypes, and this book made me glad about that. As I began the preface, my mind continued to leap forward thing.. am I artsy Athena, homemaker Hestia, or, like most of my results for those awful quizzes, the dreadful middle of the road?? Essentially, Bolen's aim is meant to be supportive, I think. Unfortunately her theories came off as unsubstantiated and subjective, which was my problem with Jung's theories to begin with. I will not be finishing this book, I became uninterested in the history surrounding Goddess lore and less intrigued about which was most dominant. While reading, I found myself distracted, thinking of what event is next on the work calendar, the next time I'll see my friends & family, or what better book I could possibly be reading. I suppose, based on what I learned, that places somewhere along the lines of Artemis... Goddess of the Hunt and Moon, Competitor, Sister.

  • Lidia Guerra
    2019-04-24 11:53

    Un excelente libro, que te ayuda identificarte con arquetipos y comprenderte mejor. También permite que identifiques a las diosas de otras mujeres y así aprendas a valorarlas, entenderlas y aprender de ellas. Es un libro valioso, más si se lee en grupo. El viaje de la heroína hacia la totalidad resulta de "tener la capacidad de ser activa y receptiva, autónoma e íntima, de trabajar y amar". Este es el reto.

  • V Mignon
    2019-03-28 17:42

    When I was a little girl, I wanted to be my dad's daughter. He worked long hours and when he came home, he usually shut down. I wanted him to be my daddy so bad, but whenever I clung onto him, he would look at me like I was some strange creature who had wandered into his house. My mother told me once that I asked her if I even had a dad, he was gone so much. But one day, my sister got an erector kit for Christmas and she didn't want it.My poor dad, trying to keep us girls interested in engineering so that maybe one of us would fulfill his dream of becoming an architect, painstakingly tried to intrigue my sister with the kit. She couldn't have cared less. I, however, was fully attentive, watching my dad build, intent on proving to him that I was interested. Slowly, he picked up on a pair of small gray eyes watching his hands, itching to build along with him. The last time my dad and I had connected was when he had to watch me for the night and he started to read me The Hobbit, instead of my mom's child-friendly books. I was probably five. At nine, we connected over a stupid erector set.I tried to impress my dad anytime he was home. I listened to his music and tried to strike up a conversation with him about David Bowie. I read Dune and tried to prove to him that I understood it. I watched crappy horror films with him and learned to make snide comments at the TV. But then, I ruined it. There was a science/math program for girls when I was in junior high, trying to get girls interested in things other than, oh, I don't know, language and arts? It makes no sense to me now, probably because I ended up studying English literature. My mom signed me up for all these practical lectures. My dad saw the one class related to architecture and signed me up. And do you know what I did in that lecture? Do you know how I broke my dad's heart? I snoozed in it. Never again would my dad bring up architecture or engineering around me.I was a little Athena girl in the making.Goddesses in Every Woman by Jean Shinoda Bolen fills in where others have failed. I am, of course, talking about my favorites, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Because as much as I love Freud and Jung, no matter how brilliant I think they were, they were definitely men of their time. Freud said that women were only castrated men and that they could never be psychologically complete because they'd never be a full man. Doesn't take away from Freud's brilliance for me, but I don't really agree with that theory. Jung said that the unconscious part of a female is expressed through an inner masculine personality, her animus. This is supposedly similarly true for men. However, by divvying up traits into "masculine" (dominance) and "feminine" (sensitivity), it gets kind of vague. I mean, what are masculine and feminine traits? And many Jungian analysts have developed this theory further. Jean Shinoda Bolen herself is a Jungian analyst.Before I read this book, I had never really read anything that focused on female psychology. I took Freud's theories to apply to both men and women, while ignoring his stuff on women. I also had never read a book where someone analyzed Greek mythology in a way that made so much sense. Having a fascination with dream women, the idea of the great goddess and Bolen's explanation of it was a bit of a revelation. The only way you can take power away from an idea is by splitting it up. The only way that a patriarchal society could take away power from the great goddess was by splitting her up into different ideals. Some goddesses were revered for their feminine attributes (Demeter, Persephone), while others were looked down upon (Aphrodite, that sly vixen).There's no such thing as a woman who is entirely Athena or Aphrodite. And at different times in a woman's life, a different goddess may be in her. Not that I am saying "goddess" as in, the goddess is speaking through her. More, she's showing aspects of that archetype. Bolen breaks up the goddesses into three areas: Virgin, Vulnerable, and Alchemical. Virgin goddesses are women who can live without men in their lives. These include Artemis, Athena, and Hestia. Men didn't have much of a part in their mythology. The only exceptions were not romantic in any way. Artemis thinks of men as brothers, Athena is only looking for heroes, and Hestia's in her own little world. The vulnerable goddesses cannot live without men in their lives. They've also had men screw them up in some way. Hera was cheated on, Demeter was raped by Poseidon, and Persephone was kidnapped. And Aphrodite applies to both vulnerable and virgin. I found Goddesses in Every Woman to be an absolutely fascinating book. If you're like me and you have an interest in psychology, or if you have an interest in analyzing literature, I'd say read it. Because all of the Greek archetypes are still in literature and popular culture. I think, as a human being, I have to read Gods in Every Man as well. It's not just, "If you're a woman, you should read the one on goddesses and if you're a man you should read the one on gods." I think reading both will only help in understanding people more, regardless of gender.

  • Janet
    2019-04-06 19:03

    I read this book as a senior in college, and more than twenty years later I still come back to its wisdom and insights.Bolen, a Jungian psychologist, uses seven Greek goddesses as archetypal templates to help women -- and men -- understand some of the powerful psychological patterns that operate in women's lives. She divides them into three categories: the vulnerable (Hera, Demeter, Persephone) who are defined by their relationships; the virgin (Hestia, Athena, Artemis) who are not defined by their relationships; and Aphrodite, whom she calls "The Alchemical Goddess" who has relationships but is not hurt by them in the way the vulnerable goddesses are. Each archetype has its strengths and riches, and each has its shadows and challenges.While no one goddess sums up any one women, Bolen's illumination of how the ancient stories convey forces that remain part of our psyches today is extremely valuable. I highly recommend it.

  • Pamela Wells
    2019-04-17 20:07

    Archetypes are a powerful tool for self-knowledge because they tap into the universal collective language we all share. Learning to become more aware of your own archetypes can help you see yourself, the bigger picture and is a good place to start creating solutions for yourself and others. Finding out which Goddess sits at the head of your table is also a very good way to balance your own personality so you are able to find a voice for lesser known parts (Goddesses) of your inner self. I high recommend this book in every woman's collection for insight into strengths and weaknesses and personal empowerment.

  • Lily Borovets
    2019-04-09 19:11

    Кому цікаво заглибитись в жіночі архетипи, вам сюди!

  • M
    2019-04-04 15:12

    Epiphanic !!! ...One word to sum up this book .. recommended to be read by any woman irrespective of her age and role...Powerful n subtle shifts in perspectives to be expected ! Sudden solution appears to perplexing life situations...and greater awareness of one's self...and ones own and others' motivations.... awesomely empowering and liberating !!! The Best Book I ever read.... Life Defining... I cant thank the author enough in ways that she helped me in understanding myself ....

  • Mileidy
    2019-03-27 17:42

    Esta reseña es una invitación a una forma diferente de abordar el entendimiento de las mujeres, en ese sentido, mi primera conclusión es que todas las mujeres deberían leer este libro, todos los profesionales de la psicología deberían leer este libro, cualquiera que se defina como feminista, igualitario, también debería leerlo.Ha hecho mucha falta una visión de los arquetipos femeninos que no surjan de la idea freudiana de la "envidia del pene" y de la idea junguiana del "animus". El entendimiento de la psicología femenina surgía a partir de la idea del hombre. Shinoda Bole permite acercarse a las mujeres a partir de sí mismas, ya que ella misma es mujer. Describe siete arquetipos femeninos a partir de las diosas griegas, las cuales representan una parte de la Gran Diosa, toda poderosa, prepatriarcal. Su clasificación en diosas vírgenes (Artemisa, Atenea, Hestia); vulnerables (Hera, Démeter y Perséfone) y alquímicas (Afrodita), permite entender la psicología de muchas mujeres, permite entender que dentro de cada una coexisten diferentes arquetipos de forma armoniosa o discordante dependiendo del ego de cada persona.Sólo un comentario de forma:La versión en español me estorbó casi al final ya que es intertextual, y la traducción tiene varias cosas que pueden mejorar y que se sienten para quienes entiendan las referencias a otros textos literarios, fuera de eso está muy bien.

  • Keith
    2019-04-23 13:53

    This came as a Goodreads suggestion, after reading Women Who Run With Wolves; a book I didn't enjoy at all.Purely on the style and prose, this book is easier to read and if, like me, you know next to nothing about Ancient Greek myths and legends, it is interesting. It does give interesting insights into the development of patriarchal religion and how the female has been denigrated through time. It is also a book of its time, and treats gender as a binary and slips into descriptions of male and female traits that will definitely annoy some readers.The crux, however, is the use of these legends to explain or guide a person's reactions, actions and their place in the world. Jung analysis is not something I have studied and, after reading both these books, I probably never will. I understand the help and assistance analysis can give, but, It's just not for me. Maybe I'm too self-sufficient and don't view myself as being under the psychological influence of anything in particular. Yes I know; very boring of me.

  • Farhad
    2019-04-19 16:07

    Starts very strong and convincing, ended up almost pop psychology, anyway I don't regret reading it. it has for the most part created a good frame of reference in my mind. unfortunately it's a bit vague even for the updated more modern version of Jungian psychology, Bolen seems to struggled wrapping up her ideas here and there toward the end of her book.

  • Heather
    2019-04-11 17:56

    Every woman on planet Earth needs to drop what they are doing right now and go get this book and then read it. I seriously wish this sort of stuff was required reading before graduating high school. Archetypes exist in all forms for us as people: from comic books, movies, astrology profiles, numerology profiles, religious texts, tarot, oral traditions, ect. These stories shape us as people from when we are children into our adult lives. They give us a blueprint to aspire towards and they help us to understand our current journey and life conditions. This is the sort of thing that Goddesses In Everywoman teaches.Jean Bolen is a student of Jung whom (as she points out in the book) is a much more women-friendly psychologist than Freud ever thought about being. What this means is that in this book she references the goddesses she teaches about and then also ties the mythological teaches into Jung's school of thought (though not always exclusively). 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. For example a woman focused on career and moving up the corporate ladder is said to be in her "Athena" state whereas a woman deeply in love and desiring marriage would be channeling her inner "Hera" and "Aphrodite". Though on the surface these may seem like simple analogies the book is far from a simple summary (not like what you would take in a personality quiz or read in a trashy Cosmo-type magazine) and instead jumps into complex breakdowns of the different types of goddess/women and shows both the positive sides and the shadow sides.One of the ways I felt like this was useful for me was that beyond my own identities for certain life choices I have made (which this book made me feel more liberating and less judgmental towards myself on) I also had greater understanding and compassion towards those goddesses that I don't relate to as much as before I felt like (especially coming from a feminist background) that there is sort of 'my way or the highway' attitude but with these archetypes I see that other less powerful, more vulnerable and simple (example: Hestia, home and hearth goddess) female spirits are also at play for some and that is just fine too. Rigid expectations that women place on ourselves and each other can be lessened after reading and learning about these various goddess archetypes. This book helps women understand how to stay true to herself. From this platform excellent things are allowed to unfold and these archetypes are fuel for that fire.In summary a couple of quotes I loved by Bolen near the end of the book: "The heroine's trip is a journey of discovery and development, of intriguing aspects of herself into a whole, yet complex personality" and "When the heroine-choicemaker finds herself in an unclear situation, where every route or choice seems particularly disastrous, or at best a dead end, the first trial she faces is to stay herself. In every crisis a woman is tempted to become the victim instead of staying the heroine...whether in myth or real life, when a heroine is in a dilemma, all she can do is be herself, true to herself and her loyalties, until something unexpectedly comes to her aid. To stay with the situation, with the expectation that an answer will come, sets an inner stage for what Jung called 'the transcendent function'. "

  • Kirsten Elizabeth
    2019-04-09 12:07

    Honestly, I went into this book knowing I'd love it. It's written by a renowned psychiatrist who's both a Jungian analyst and an ardent feminist. Her approach to mythology and discussion of archetypes bridges these two backgrounds. I came into this book after having been mildly disappointed by Joseph Campbell's Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine. While I love Papa Campbell, his often ecumenical approach tends to favour breadth over depth. This resulted in only a brief discussion of the key goddesses of the Greek pantheon. Also, while Campbell tends to favour Jung, his position as a mythologist rather than a psychiatrist keeps him at arm’s length from dissecting the psychiatric implications of each goddess archetype. Shinoda Bolen divides the goddess of the Greek pantheon into the Virgin Goddesses: Artemis, Athena, and Hestia; the Vulnerable Goddesses: Hera, Demeter, and Persephone; and the lone Alchemical Goddess: Aphrodite. She then discusses each goddess, providing the reader with genealogical and mythological background, an explanation as the goddess as an archetype (including how she fits into the aforementioned grouping and a description of her primary individual characteristics), the goddess' standard life map (including how she interacts with parents, peers, children, and significant others), and psychological implications of embodying the goddess' archetype. Shinoda Bolen is careful to note that while "everywoman" possesses one, or perhaps a couple primary goddess archetype within her, she may also call upon portions of other goddess archetypes through different stations of her life.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. Athena I've always identified with as a scholar and strategist; likewise, Artemis is my model as a goal-setter and feminist. Demeter and Persephone represent those vulnerable sides of my persona that Brené Brown has recently forced me to accept. Conversely, Hestia, Hera, and Aphrodite still remain notably foreign given my aversion to fully worship hearth or husband, or to embrace beauty and love as important above all else.Shinoda Bolen concludes her work with a discussion of the heroine's journey, calling to mind Campbell's famous journey. Her conclusion revisits the notion that as women journey through life they call upon various goddess stereotypes, visiting some on multiple occasions. This book should be admired both for its thorough study of goddess stereotypes and for the logical, methodical manner in which this study is presented. Shinoda Bolen writes in a manner that is once accessible and respectful of her readers' intelligence and prior knowledge. She is kind and warm, writing with the tone of a seasoned therapist. It's books like this that renew my faith in the power of women to eloquently express the intrinsic motivations at play in their own lives. Girl power!Sorry, Papa Campbell.

  • Lysistrata
    2019-04-20 12:43

    Less about goddesses in every woman and more a potpourri of 80s female stereotypes with the names of a few Greek goddesses slapped on them.Jean Bolen’s feminist take Jungian psychology attempts to bunch address the layers of sexism in the original school of psychology, while giving the modern woman (circa 1984) complex feminine figures to embody and embrace. Each goddess is given extensive analysis, their prescribed roles ranging from familial duties to workplace relationships and potential activism. Bolen even includes sections on archetype manifestations in lesbians, helping the book feel a little more progressive than otherwise would be expected. However, GODDESSES IN EVERYWOMAN primarily focuses on women’s relationship with the men around them. In fact, most of the archetypes feel in service of the patriarchy rather than overcoming it—even the “independent” goddesses, such as Artemis, only serve to reject the system and possibly forfeit whatever voice they have in it. Likewise, the book is riddled with issues such as taking “wife” and “daughter” and turning them into the primary personality focus of a woman, or using dated examples of expected workplace behavior. Several of the goddesses, for example, are noted for finding fulfillment in making coffee runs for their male counterpoints. A woman can’t simply be a woman under Bolen’s philosophy, and the book suffers for it.Like most self-help books on Jungian psychology tend to do, the author applies too many contradictory traits to each specific goddess. It begs the question: if everything is a spectrum, why have categories in the first place? The “wife” goddess, Hera, suffers the most from this treatment, as Bolen tries to incorporate every single issue a wife may have into a single image. 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.All in all, there are worse Jungian self-help books in the world, and it’s interesting to see a genuinely feminist revision of the concept. However, GODDESSES IN EVERYWOMAN has not aged well, and it is functionality useless in a society where equally deep horoscopes and personality quizzes are a dime a dozen on the internet. Might be an enlightening read for baby feminists, but not much else.

  • Olga
    2019-03-31 14:43

    This book's subject is the intersection of ancient Greek polytheistic mythology and Jungian psychology. I don't mind Jungian psychology too much, even though I disagree with some of the major postulates. However, over the years I found a way for it to still work for me, as I see some importance even in the concepts I don't take on (i.e., collective unconscious). And as someone who grew up with Greek gods and goddesses being as much of childhood friends as fairy tales heroes, I was delighted to discover an adult way to play with them.Jean Shinoda Bolen takes seven familiar Greek goddesses and puts on a new lens to look at them. Artemis/Diana, Athena/Minerva, Hestia/Vesta (the goddess of the hearth), Hera/Juno, Demeter/Ceres, Persephone/Proserpine, and Aphrodite/Venus. She sees the first three as the virginal goddesses ("virginal" in her view means not defined by any relationship to others, although they sometimes are seen as literal virgins as well), the second two as vulnerable goddesses (defined chiefly by their family role -- wife, mother, daughter), and Aphrodite, the Goddess of transforming vision.Each chapter on a goddess covers her myth/s, discusses her archetypes and goes on to trace how this archetype can manifest itself in a girl's childhood, adolescence, adulthood and older age.I have to admit, this book made me look at how either of these archetypes fit myself, and made me go down to research my own past quite a bit, looking for evidence for certain archetypes from my childhood and school years. I even had my Mom to read this book and discuss with the me the archetypes of women in my family.Of course, men can find some of the archetypes of the goddesses as familiar forces at work in their own lives, both through their relationships with women and as the integral part of their own psyche.For me, it became a very transformative book. I can see an analogy: my friend was telling me once how she would walk in the park and invite her own self of a 5 year old girl, 10 yeard old, a fifteen year old teen, an adult in her 20s, etc. to take a walk with her and have a conference about the things important for each one of them. Reading this book, if you are introspective memory lane walker, can provide you with the same experience.

  • Kyleigh
    2019-04-11 16:06

    Every woman who has ever had any interest in psychology or mythology must read this book. It is excellent! Bolen unlocks the secrets behind the Greek myths and shows us that those goddesses are alive within each of us. And she does it in a way that is useful and insightful.[return][return]The foundation of the book is that mythology, in all its manifestations, is a representation of universal truth. Commonalities across cultures that had no interaction show that they come from a place that is common to all human experience, regardless of situation, culture, or influence.[return][return]Bolen focuses on the Greek Goddesses as archetypes for female behavior. The jealous wife as Hera, the focused Artemis, etc. But what is so great about these archetypes is that Bolen shows the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities in each. She shows how they work together, how they conflict, and how to mediate between.[return][return]My only real struggle with the book is that I felt Bolen was a bit biased against some and towards others of the archetypes. She is clearly a strong Artemis, and tends to speak of Artemis in glowing terms. Persephone, Athena, and Hera don't fare nearly as well. I suspect this comes from her experience as a psychiatrist and seeing those types suffer more than others. That doesn't excuse devaluing those goddess types, though.[return][return]I can't speak highly enough of this book. If you haven't read it, go out and get it. If you have, pick up your copy and give it another go. Amazing!

  • Nathan
    2019-04-03 15:59

    I liked Boden's "Gods In Everyman" so much, I grabbed this one as soon as I saw it in the local used bookstore. However, after just a partial reading, I found myself disappointed. 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 analogies seem forced and lacking insight, the archetypes are more shallow than the ones with the gods and leave many empty spaces, many personality types uncovered. I suppose this could be colored by my decidedly not-female perspective, and I'd like to hear what women who have read this think; however, the handful of ladies I know who have read it seem to feel about the same -- less than thrilled. It's really too bad -- maybe a revised edition, or a new version of the same thing by someone else, would fill the spaces.

  • Heidi Nobantu
    2019-03-26 12:11

    A very good read for finding yourself in a spectrum of Feminine/Female ways of being in the world - especially if you do not fall into the current culturally accepted roles for women :)

  • C.J. Prince
    2019-04-15 13:43

    I have benefited from every book by Jean Shinoda Bolen. Put her on your list if you haven't already discovered her!!!

  • Siuxxx
    2019-04-15 16:53

    muy buena lectura. combina psicología y mitologia

  • Brenda
    2019-03-29 14:09

    If, like me, you're interested in myth and archetypes, this book is in its twentieth anniversary edition and well worth a look.

  • Rafael
    2019-04-12 15:56

    I enjoyed this book very much. Bolen convincingly links together two wellsprings of our Western culture: Greek mythology and Jungian archetypes. The UCSF psychology professor and prolific author explains in simple terms how the seven different goddesses/archetypes are present to all us, though possibly repressed. Both positive and negative aspects of the goddesses bigger than life examples are drawn out and identified through the exciting and ancient stories that Bolen has well summarized for us. For example, she taps Demeter's loving kindness with her children to show how she can be useful to us for her vulnerability as well as her strength.For me, the book exceeded my expectations when the author explained how the positive and negative aspects of these archetypes lie within all of us. You may have already tapped into your inner Demeter/mother figure, or Hestia the wise old crone, but if not, Bolen will give you a few pointers as to how. If you can imagine Joseph Campbell asking you to place an order for your favorite archetype, then this is the menu.These examples give us a much more full explication of the feminine than the oversimplified dichotomy (of good and evil, or virgin/whore) that have been problematic stereotypes for women for centuries. I encourage you to find this easy to read book if you would like to better understand the different aspects of yourself or the women around you.Next up, the Gods in Everyman!

  • Ola Quinn
    2019-04-23 12:05

    One of my fav ever, has a special place in my heart.One of the books that has allowed to understand myself and the women (and men when then I read also Gli dei dentro l'uomo) around me in a way that I never knew it was possible. Pure perfection, must read.Uno dei miei preferiti in assoluto, ha un posto speciale nel mio cuore.Un libro che mi ha permesso di capire me stessa e le donne (e uomini quando poi ho letto anche Gli dei dentro l'uomo) intorno a me in un modo che non credevo nemmeno fosse possibile.Pura perfezione, assolutamente da leggere.

  • Lilamedusa
    2019-04-23 12:02

    I guess to enjoy and benefit from this book you've got to drop your skeptic glasses and be very flexible, which I hate as a defense of mediocrity. The main issue, I think, is that while it tells you you should read this as of it were a metaphor, the languade used never implies it, so you have to do some very weird and at times uncomfortable mind acrobatics to treat this seriously. If you do though, and the effort doesn't distract you too much from letting go and jumping into the reading, this can be a very enjoyable, introspective and healing book.

  • Rosalía
    2019-04-21 14:04

    3.5/5I didn't have any strong "aha moment" with a particular Goddess archetype but more like little "aha moments" in every chapter. Anyway, I enjoyed the book, the idea of mixing Ancient Greek mythology and psychology, the no judgemental narrative and the structure. I also liked the last chapter in which I think you can feel a therapeutic hope and compassion that encourages you to self-improvement.

  • Anita
    2019-04-22 13:07

    A really engaging exploration of various Greek/Roman goddess archetypes, and how various real-life-normal women exhibit some of these traits. It felt like sortof a highbrow horoscope; entertaining and instructive to recognize some of the traits in myself, but nothing to take too seriously.