Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archetypes in Women’s Lives
The celebrated work of female psychology by Jean Shinoda Bolen, which employs seven archetypical goddesses to describe behavior patterns and personality traits, remains as relevant and timeless today as it was thirty years ago.
Myths are enthralling tales that become even more so when we realize they can reveal intimate truths about ourselves and others. Jean Shinoda Bolen resurrects the Greek pantheon as our inner archetypes, bringing myth’s power to bear on our personal lives. Once we grasp the natural progression from myth to archetype to personal psychology, and recognize that both positive and negative tendencies are characteristics of a particular goddess within, we gain profound insights.
Depending on which goddess is more active within, one woman may be more dedicated to professional success, while another may be more fulfilled in her role as a wife and mother. She teaches women how to choose which archetypes to cultivate and which to overcome, and how to harness the power of these enduring archetypes to become a better “heroine” in their own life story.