The Fisher King and the Handless Maiden: Understanding the Wounded Feeling Function in Masculine and Feminine Psychology

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This is an exploration of the malaise of our time, the wounded-feeling function, through the mystic stories of "The Fisher King" and "The Handless Maiden". Johnson looks to the heightened, magical language of myth for an analysis of, and a prescription for curing, this contemporary malaise. The "Fisher King" story can be seen as an experience of the masculine in either gender; so too, the tale of "The Handless Maiden" explores both a woman's interior experience, as well as being an allegory of the feminine element in us all.

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It is very dangerous when a wound is so common in a culture that hardly anyone knows there is a problem. Such is the case right now with our wounded feeling function- our inability to find joy, worth, and meaning in life. Robert A. Johnson, the celebrated author of 'He, She', and 'We', revisits two medieval tales and illuminates how this feeling function has become a casualty of our modern times.

Johnson tells the story of the Wounded Fisher King from the Grail Myth to illustrate the anxiety and loneliness that plague men. From the folktale of the Handless Maiden, he explains the very different frustrations of women and describes how these disparities in the way we suffer account for much of the tension and miscommunication between men and women. His insightful analysis shows that these two stories, created centuries ago, are even more relevant today.

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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Robert A. Johnson is a noted lecturer and Jungian analyst in private practice in San Diego, California.

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