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The Goddess Within: A Guide to the Eternal Myths That Shape Women’s Lives

Woolger, Jennifer Barker, & Woolger, Roger J.

 This work provides an in-depth introduction by Gestalt (Jennifer) and Jungian (Roger) psychologists, to goddess psychology. They postulate that the six major goddesses play a dynamic role in our psyches throughout life—male and female. The six are (introverted): Artemis, Persephone, Demeter, and (extraverted) Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite. They provide very detailed literary/historical/psychological profiles of each in the first half of the book. Then the reader is offered a goddess profile questionnaire to determine their present goddess psychology. The last half of the book is on the psychodynamics of goddess psychology, how it relates to the life cycle, how to integrate the goddesses, and transformations of the goddesses. Appendix A presents some games and psychological exercises that can be done to identify and express the goddesses, and another presents a brief history of goddess psychology. There is a bibliography for each chapter and a videography for the six goddesses. The authors illustrate each chapter with examples from their own case histories and their goddess workshops.
Publisher Information:New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1989. 486p. Bibl: 438-451; 11 figs; Index: 463-482; 1 questionnaire; Videography: 452-461
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