Spirit-Controlled Temperament by Tim LaHayeI read this book years ago. It was amazing for someone of my particular temperament. I found the book immensely helpful. It allowed me to give myself a little grace, to understand the bundle of strengths and weaknesses that seemed to be intrinsic to me, and to accept that each weakness is probably the bad side of a good trait. Of course, the book also helped me give grace to others, particularly those who are so unlike me that I might previously have envied their gifts while simultaneously condemning and judging them for their weaknesses--things no reasonable person would struggle with, or so I thought, because those weaknesses were not MY weaknesses. This book broadened my view of humanity and certainly increased my compassion and empathy, especially for those who are nothing like me. For thirty years the insight I found here has shaped my thinking in a fundamental way.
Recently, my daughter, whose temperament is so much like mine, was struggling with her own issues, and I realized it was at about the same age that I first read LaHayes great book. I must find a copy to pass on to her.
By the way, I dont particularly believe in temperaments, and Im sure even LaHaye has no great interest in the theory of the humours from which the idea is derived. Like so much of psychology and our understanding of the mind and heart, these are just theories and metaphors, no more tangible or prove-able than the existence of a conscious and sub-conscious, or the id, ego, and super-ego, or the related personality inventories that divide humanity into golden retrievers, and lions, and whatever else. None of these things are real and certainly they cannot be proven with any evidence. However, like the modern approach to psychology and other soft sciences, these things work on a pragmatic level. Temperaments may not be real exactly, but human personalities do group themselves quite neatly along the lines described in this book. Writers and thinkers have been using the temperament theory to categorize and analyze human personalities for thousands of years; whether subject to evidentiary proof or not, this stuff works. There is a lot of wisdom here.
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The first popular work to combine the spiritual and psychological insights of modern psychoanalysis with the archetypes of world mythology, the book creates a roadmap for navigating the frustrating path of contemporary life. Examining heroic myths in the light of modern psychology, it considers not only the patterns and stages of mythology but also its relevance to our liv. Examining heroic myths in the light of modern psychology, it considers not only the patterns and stages of mythology but also its relevance to our lives today--and to the life of any person seeking a fully realized existence. Myth, according to Campbell, is the projection of a culture's dreams onto a large screen; Campbell's book, like Star Wars , the film it helped inspire, is an exploration of the big-picture moments from the stage that is our world. It is a must-have resource for both experienced students of mythology and the explorer just beginning to approach myth as a source of knowledge. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
Jan 06, PM. I'm not sure when this thread was started I'm new to goodreads , but I think Joseph Campbell is brilliant. It's been a while since I read this, but the concept of the underlying thread of the Hero's Journey which weaves through the stories, including the myths of people stretching as far as the eye or mind! I think when we pick up and identify these threads, it's like a wise map which we can use to help live our lives and solve our problems. Which I think is Campbell's point! The universality of this can so help you get perspective on your life - and paradoxically these journeys as we identify with them can be incredibly personal at the same time.
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Sexism can really kill a mood. I used to respect this guy somewhat, but if he couldn't shake the most basic of social constructs, after having clearly stated that he knew otherwise, then I can't help but to doubt the validity of all else he has interpreted. I'm not saying there's nothing of value in there. Take it for what it is, but that was my experience here. That type of arrangement I have the background context for understanding I just wanted to be clear about that.
See Featured Authors Answering Questions. Answered Questions 1. I have not that deep knowledge in Mythology; would you recommend it to me anyhow? Shawn According to Campbell, the function of mythology is often to circumvent the immediate need for deep knowledge or, at least, to initiate the seeker …more According to Campbell, the function of mythology is often to circumvent the immediate need for deep knowledge or, at least, to initiate the seeker into the thirst for a pursuit of deeper knowledge. Campbell probably relates many more myths in this book than is necessary to get his points across and that can possibly become tiresome to some readers before the book is concluded. I, by no means, would rate this as an easy read. You'll likely know within the first fifty pages if this is something you wish to absorb fully now or perhaps reserve for a later time.
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