Transformation: Understanding the Three Levels of Masculine Consciousness

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Using the literary archetypes of Don Quixote, Hamlet and Faust the author examines the three distinct levels of human consciousness development that each of these figures represent - the simple or two-dimensional, the complex or three-dimensional and the redeemed or four-dimensional. In Cervantes' Don Quixote, we see unconscious perfection, the simple man who is perfect without realizing it and who lives in a world where anything can happen. Hamlet represents conscious imperfection, man divided between the opposing forces within himself and full of despair in the face of the tragic nature of life. The redeemed state, conscious perfection, is represented by Goethe's Faust, the man who beat the devil. The author argues that most of the world's male population are stranded in the intermediate stage of Hamlet's three-dimensional man - anxious, neurotic and incomplete. He shows that the true work of the redeemed state of maturity is to move through the three levels to the redeemed state of self-completion and harmony.

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Robert A. Johnson, a noted lecturer and Jungian analyst, is also the author of He, She, We, Inner Work, Ecstasy, Transformation, and Owning Your Own Shadow.

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On the heels of Robert Bly's best-selling Iron John ( LJ 11/15/90), comes this slim volume which offers quite a different assessment of maleness and its self-completion. Johnson, author of Inner Work ( LJ 7/86) and We ( LJ 2/1/84), uses three literary archetypes: Don Quixote (simple, two-dimensional man); Hamlet (complex, four-dimensional man); and Faust (complete, four-dimensional man). As a result of modern education and urbanization, Johnson posits, Western man is no longer simple; yet he lacks self-determination and therefore is trapped. The insights found here seem applicable to universal self-fulfillment and provocation (e.g., what significance does Faust's victory over the devil hold for men in these AIDS-ridden, economically troubled times?). Also, where Bly's book demands action, Johnson's is purely cerebral and more interesting to readers familiar with classic literature.
- David Nudo, New York
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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