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Personal Mythology: The Psychology of Your…

Personal Mythology: The Psychology of Your Evolving Self

by David Feinstein

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Booklist: Psychologists Feinstein and Krippner show us how to take responsibility for renewing our personal "guiding" mythologies. These myths establish our identity and provide a sense of direction and self-worth. The book explains how to identify outdated myths ("Everything I do must be perfect"), produce alternative imagery, and integrate a new vision into our life. The program uses dreams, journals, and ritual to create "personal shields," "power objects," and individualized fairy tales that will aid the transformation. During the 12 weeks, the authors explain how to identify conflicts between prevailing and emerging myths, how to understand both, and how to construct, refine, and make a commitment to live from a newly created mythology. They suggest three one-hour sessions per week as well as optional time on journaling and dream work. The authors admit that their prevailing thesis is a reiteration of the Hasidic proverb "Carefully observe which way your heart draws you, and then choose that way with all your strength." Patricia Hassler
  mmckay | May 16, 2006 |
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A remarkable 12-week program that will teach you how to tap into deep sources of wisdom and find greater fulfillment in these challenging times.
The Mythic Path (1997) is a powerful antidote for modern lives caught in the disorienting grip of a world in turmoil. This newly expanded and updated edition brings to you a highly successful seminar that has been evolving for over two decades. An engaging book/tape "workshop," it is being assigned as homework by a growing number of psychotherapists and used to structure meetings in numerous men's and women's groups, recovery programs, and other settings where people are committed to deep personal change.
Your personal mythology--comprised of beliefs and motivations that operate largely outside your conscious awareness--is the internal guidance system that shapes your journey. The more effective your guiding mythology, the better equipped you are to meet the challenges your life presents.
* Become less bound by the grip of outmoded patterns from your childhood and your culture
* Recognize crises of faith, courage, and identity as calls for renewal in your personal mythology
* Cultivate a vision that empowers you and nurtures your finest qualities
* Explore your dynamic role in your culture's evolving mythology
* Foster your appreciation of humanity's larger story
* Embark upon a spiritually attuned journey of self discovery
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