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As usual Myss is passionate about what she teaches, loads of info given but not always that indept with regards to individual archetypes, not sure it's been the best audio book I've heard by Caroline Myss in terms of helping self development. I would of liked to hear more about what to do if you are stuck with a certain archetype but I guess the volume of different ones meant there wasn't much room for more detailed advice. This is not to dismiss it, it's worth a listen if your into your archetypes.
From listening to the sample this title gripped my attention and I thought, "wow, this is going to answer a few questions". Either I missed something or the sample was the most interesting part of this. Couple this with the voice of the author having a song-like quality that distracted me throughout (you know when someone has a peculiarity in their diction and you stop listening to the words and focus on the peculiarity?) I don't wish to be mean, this is only my opinion, perhaps if I had bought the book and read it myself it would have been more enjoyable. I hope this helps others to decide on this title.
Highly recommended, as well as the theory behind each archetype, Caroline builds on what we already know with her point of view, client stories and her opinions. Yes she lectures us in this, she gets passionate and angry, and soft, but that's why we love her!!
Well worth a listen, in fact you might want to put it away after the first listen, and listen again a year later to pick up what you need to be reminded of!
"A truely awesome value, you NEED this book."
Ok, it is an audio book in original form, I know.
There are not allot of people that come along and can point you in the right direction, or more importantly, give you the tools to choose the right direction. Caroline Myss is both, depending on what you are looking for. Either way, I think everyone from teen to into their 70's should listen to this book. She teaches you to know yourself first, and then you can, if you choose, identify other people's Archetypes. Listen very carefully to her, know where the line is and what you are crossing when you do this, it is easy to misuse what she teaches you. If you use your knowledge as a weapon, well, just don't do it. What you become is the shadow-side of your own archetype. You don't want that.
One last note, I cannot finish this review before commenting on some of the others, sorry, it's just in me. I think some misunderstand her, either by choice or not. Don't mistake her coarseness at times for raw feeling, or for heaven's sake, DON'T take it personal. LISTEN..., that is all I can say.
I found these lectures very informative as well as meditative! Sometimes while I listened I took notes... other times I danced. I shared the author's ideas with friends and family. She definately had an effect on me! I was somewhat familiar with Carl Jung's archetypes before listening to these CDs, so this all wasn't completely new material... it's just that the way the author presents her ideas is so practical, it really helped me to understand myself and everyone around me with more compassion and awareness. I also laughed more than a few times. Ms. Myss has such a matter-of-fact way of stating things... I couldn't help but laugh at some of my own deep-set belief patterns.
Overall, I was very impressed.
Caroline Myss is not as widely known as she should be. The study of archetypes in our lives is not a new idea; it dates back to ancient philosophers, and is well-known to modern psychology. However, it is not a common topic for the average person. I propose that it SHOULD be, and Ms. Myss has put it into a context that will appeal to the average reader. We all regularly use this "language" of archetypes when we point out the "bully" in the school yard or the "princess" at work. But rarely do we look carefully at the characterics that make these traits so easily and naturally identifiable to us all. When seen through fairy tales, movies, and common experiences, these traits suddenly come alive and you (the reader/listener) will discover a whole new view of the world and of yourself. You will soon find that you can see the REASON for another's behavior (and your own as well) in a way that will provoke thought, understanding, and compassion. I recommend THE LANGUAGE OF ARCHETYPES as the first step into this delightful, insightful and astonishing world. You will find you want to learn more.
"The Language of Archetypes"
Caroline Myss is a genius in understanding and teaching of our purpose for being.Her explanation of God are so extraordinarily easy to understand and comprehend.This book I feel is a smooth transition to all of her previous work.She truly understands the energetics of humans.If you are on a path of self discovery and have asked yourself why you are here and for what purpose, this is a MUST read.
"Captivated from the first click"
This book is a wonderful introduction to and expansion of the concepts of archetypes and how they apply to our everyday existence. I have been looking for a title that would help me gain a modern day view of Jungian psychology. Caroline Myss is interesting to listen to and very informative. She concretely explains the 'language' in such a way that the casual listener can understand while at the same time offering the budding expert enough to whet the palate. She is truly a master teacher!
"Finding Your Life Purpose"
This is the most excellent book/lecture on finding your life purpose ever written. Purchasing it will change your life. If you are tired of stumbling through life not really knowing why you are here, or how to discover why things happen in your life, she will help you discover your life's true meaning.
"Be Aware That This is a Live Speech..."
If you like Myss' works, this will not disappoint as it contains great in-depth explorations of the relationship between various aspects of our personalities and the traditional Archetypes that she covers, but be aware this is a live speech rather than an actual reading of a book, which can be fun as there is some audience feedback and interaction, but can also be frustrating as there are times Myss starts to talk about a particular situation or Archetype, but then gets distracted and wanders off elsewhere. If you want a more structured discussion about archetypes, consider reading her "Sacred Contracts" book.
In terms of performance, I have to confess that the more Myss ages, the more unpleasant I find her voice and mannerisms. The early audios weren't bad, but listening to her here made me want to stab myself in the eye with a pencil. I just had to stop at one point and haven't listened any further. Make sure you listen to the sample first to see if you can handle her voice before you purchase.
"Too much opinion Not enough "fact""
I realize that this isn't exactly a topic that is generally accepted as documented "fact" to begin with, but I felt that this book was pitiful. I would say this book is 15% archetypes, and 85% the author ranting about her life and the fact that she is right and everyone else is wrong. I am generally able to listen to about anything. I listen to books on quantum physics for crying out loud. This was terrible. I listened for almost 3 hours before she started actually getting in to individual archetypes. When she finally did, she kept going into asides that completely took away from any learning process that was being started. Unless you love this author specifically, and are a huge fan of her personal agenda I would highly recommend finding another read. That is my personal opinion of course.
"The potential to Heal the Soul if you do the work!"
This is an amazing body of work. If you are willing to look deep into yourself and acknowledge all that resides there you could come out a healed and healing force in the Universe. The only caveat is you must be honest with yourself or you will be wasting your time and money. We are all good at hiding the truth from ourselves, it is the ego's way of staying in charge. But if you want to control your destiny then it is time to take back your power. This book can help you do that.
"Awesome book to help one understand his/her charac"
I would recommend this book to a friend, because it helps to explain the personality traits of oneself and those in one's lives.
I enjoyed learning about the different archetypes. It would have been better if there was a question/answer piece to help us understand or at least recognize all of our 12 archeteypes.
This book, like Carolyn Myss' other works had a ring of truth to it, and I would truly love to learn more about archetypes to better understand myself and those I have contracts with.
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