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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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"Incisive, stark, healing. . . . .In his unique style, Robert Johnson identifies wounded feeling in the heart of contemporary society and, through two powerful tales, points the path to healing."--Marion Woodman, author of "Leaving My Father

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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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Hike
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Great Book for Understanding our lives
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2017
Great book! Robert A. Johnson uses myths and legends to show the issues that normal people face in developing their personal lives. Also, using myths and legends, it helps one gain an appreciation for earlier literature, stories, etc. These two myths are part of larger... See more
Great book! Robert A. Johnson uses myths and legends to show the issues that normal people face in developing their personal lives. Also, using myths and legends, it helps one gain an appreciation for earlier literature, stories, etc. These two myths are part of larger myths and are used by other "psychology" writers. I enjoyed this book and read each section in one sitting because it was so engrossing and informative. I have read other books by Robert A. Johnson and have found all of his books to be entertaining, informative and helpful.
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Helen Summerbread
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I viewed the making of the silver hands as an incredibly loving gesture from a man who did the best he could and not as a mechan
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2016
I found this analysis very depressing and one dimensional. The myths are viewed from a very negative and narrow point of view. The writing style is hard and terse. I almost felt as if a bit of male bashing was going on. The positive and transformative aspects were under... See more
I found this analysis very depressing and one dimensional. The myths are viewed from a very negative and narrow point of view. The writing style is hard and terse. I almost felt as if a bit of male bashing was going on. The positive and transformative aspects were under played.
I viewed the making of the silver hands as an incredibly loving gesture from a man who did the best he could and not as a mechanical act to appease a complaining women. It reminded me of the film the Piano where the husband fashions a metal finger for the women he adores. Mr Johnson''s views are not necessarily Western Culture but rather American......an American analyzing European myths.
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danland
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Yet another deeply insightful read
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2020
Although most of Mr. Johnson’s books are very short, they are packed with profound wisdom which offer insight into one’s own life. I really enjoy this author and have read all of his books, this being my last. I will likely go back and read them again. His body of work is... See more
Although most of Mr. Johnson’s books are very short, they are packed with profound wisdom which offer insight into one’s own life. I really enjoy this author and have read all of his books, this being my last. I will likely go back and read them again. His body of work is essential reading at midlife.
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Profound and prescient
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2013
I have read this book twice, with many years in between. In my youth, I thought Robert Johnson understood the myth of the Fisher King exceptionally well, but did not really understand the handless maiden. I attributed this to his gender bias, which he mentions at... See more
I have read this book twice, with many years in between.

In my youth, I thought Robert Johnson understood the myth of the Fisher King exceptionally well, but did not really understand the handless maiden. I attributed this to his gender bias, which he mentions at the beginning. He understands men better than women, from personal experience. I re-read the book again recently. I have been researching sexism, and I now understand things I simply was not aware of before. This time when I read the handless maiden myth, I was astounded. One of the things Robert Johnson talks about are the silver hands the king has made for the maiden. This is a metaphor for technology! And I was previously so enamored of technology that I could not even see the metaphor.

The highlights of the book are Johnson''s re-interpretation of foundational mythology.

In the Fisher King, he tells the story of a king who is wounded in his feeling function. In modern terms, we would say he is damaged in his ability to experience emotions -- to relate to other people. He has respite from his pain only when he is fishing, hence the name. He lives in the castle of the holy grail. Direction to the castle are critical: the fisherman tells Parsifal (the youthful hero of the myth) that he should go "just down the road a little way, turn left, cross the drawbridge, and you will be my guest tonight." Johnson interprets these directions for us. "The specific instructions are to go down the road -- whatever road one is involved with at the moment -- turn left, which is to say go toward the unconscious or the world of imagination and fantasy, cross the drawbridge -- the division between our conscious world and the inner world of imagination -- and one will be in the grail castle, the miraculous place of healing." The book Johnson wrote -- all his books in fact -- are verbal guides to this process.

The story of the handless maiden is about a young girl whose hands were cut off as a consequence of her father''s unwitting bargain with the devil. In modern terms we would say she is denied agency, just as men are denied emotional connectivity. But the story is so much more than that! A king falls in love with her and marries her. He had silver hands made for her, and these hands are widely admired in court. The silver hands stand for the technology we use as a barrier between ourselves and our deep persona -- specifically that place that is "down the road a little way, turn left, cross the drawbridge". The agency the maiden particularly lacks is the agency to access this process. She, like many modern people, relates more closely to her iPhone than to her companions. Silver-handedness is unbelievably attractive, even addictive. (Johnson wrote this book in 1993, so his illustration of silver-handedness is more mundane: a lavish hotel with silver dinnerware and fawning servants. Johnson would have recognized our current technology as more a more telling example.)

Johnson mentions that Jung was asked "Will we make it?" -- meaning will we survive as a civilization. Jung replied "Only if enough individuals do their inner work."

This book is a part of that inner work.
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Alexandra L.N
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Best book. My therapist recommended it
Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2020
My trans personal therapist suggested this book...I highly recommend it for an excellent story based breakdown of the masculine and the feminine journey but to remember to take your time and be gentle with yourself.
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LifeIsGood
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Great book, used came in mint condition
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2016
I love Robert A. Johnson''s work. This is, as all his books tend to be, a great book. I bought it used for very cheap but it came in mint, new condition - not like new, but just as if it were new. It must have been remaindered, which is too bad for Mr. Johnson but it worked... See more
I love Robert A. Johnson''s work. This is, as all his books tend to be, a great book. I bought it used for very cheap but it came in mint, new condition - not like new, but just as if it were new. It must have been remaindered, which is too bad for Mr. Johnson but it worked for me.

I gifted one to a friend, too.
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Quiet Traveller
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A must read, with reservations...
Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2007
I purchased this book because the Handless Maiden myth resonates for me, my having first been introduced to it through a dream and then through Clarissa Pinkola Estes book ''Women Who Run With Wolves''. I felt I had more to learn from this myth, and Johnson''s book put the... See more
I purchased this book because the Handless Maiden myth resonates for me, my having first been introduced to it through a dream and then through Clarissa Pinkola Estes book ''Women Who Run With Wolves''. I felt I had more to learn from this myth, and Johnson''s book put the Handless Maiden myth in a matrix that helped me to understand it more personally, as a metaphor for the feminine in contemporary society. Placing it in a context I could understand so well brought this myth to life, and was the greatest value of this book for me.
The only off-putting thing, which changed it from 5 to 4 stars, is a small thing but which strikes to the heart of the issue. The author apologised in the beginning for perhaps not being able to do justice to the feminine wounding myth as much as the male myth. It was honest and ethical of him to state such concerns, which makes me respect his integrity, but he is alas, correct. As wonderful as his assessment of the Handless Maiden is, he still put a great deal of emphasis on the male value and aspects of it, which he did very little in reverse for the male Fisher King myth. The section in The Handless Maiden where he abandons such careful integrating of the masculine is the section which resonated most for me. I''m not sure why he did this, but if one goes through both chapters and counts instances of other-gender applicability you''ll see what I mean. In one paragraph I almost felt like this myth was being ripped from my "hands" and given to the male, a dynamic of the actual myth.
Nevertheless, the author put the myth into a powerful and broad matrix of understanding for contemporary women, something which ''Women Who Run With Wolves'', as much as I love it, didn''t allow me to see as clearly. What I would suggest is first reading Johnson''s book, and saving Clarissa Pinkola Estes interpretation for last, when you can appreciate it more, in all its profound and subtle complexity.
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2017
Terrific insight on the psychology men and women and symbolism
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Gini
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A bit too too superficial, he could have digged deeper
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 21, 2019
Interesting to read but it kept a bit to close to the Christian versions of the stories and not digging further into pre-Christian origins. I felt, especially with the handless maiden, that more consideration could have gone into gender analysis and power relations....See more
Interesting to read but it kept a bit to close to the Christian versions of the stories and not digging further into pre-Christian origins. I felt, especially with the handless maiden, that more consideration could have gone into gender analysis and power relations. Although, to be fair, he does mention at the start that it is not his area of expertise...
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powerful and deep truths
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 10, 2015
This is a deceptively simply little book that contains powerful and deep truths that I will need to work on. I bought the book months ago, waiting for the right moment to read it. The moment came, with all sorts of synchronicities to herald the reading of a book I shall...See more
This is a deceptively simply little book that contains powerful and deep truths that I will need to work on. I bought the book months ago, waiting for the right moment to read it. The moment came, with all sorts of synchronicities to herald the reading of a book I shall recommend to all seekers.
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Brilliant, don''t judge this book by it''s size. It''s heavy!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 5, 2017
Concise, but with a flood of information that can take a lifetime to consider and implement. Read when you are calm and open to possibilities. Read again when you need to.If you take even a small portion of the powerful metaphor in this book and it''s application in personal...See more
Concise, but with a flood of information that can take a lifetime to consider and implement. Read when you are calm and open to possibilities. Read again when you need to.If you take even a small portion of the powerful metaphor in this book and it''s application in personal and societal ways,you will be the better for it
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Still reading this little book. My advice is don''t rush it. There''s a lot to think about in here.
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