Metaphors of the Feminine and Masculine – Table of Contents

Breaking the code of co-dependence

Contents

PART I: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES

Chapter 1: Gender Considerations…………….……………….1
Historical Considerations………………………….………………3
Femaleness and Maleness………………………….……………..7
Biology of Belief……………………………………………………….8
Evolutionary Lens on Gender………………………..…………10
Complementary Strategies……….……………………………..11

Chapter 2: How the Self Develops.………………………..15
Listening to Our Biological Wisdom..……….…………….17
The Search for Perfectio….…………………….………………18
Fictional Finalism……………………………………….………..19
Developing an Inferiority Complex …………..………….…..19
The Creative Power of the Self…………..……………………20
The Will, Anxiety and Guilt……………………………..…………………………………….20
Our Will……………………………………………………………………………….…………..21
The Separation/Symbiotic Paradox……………………………….……………………22
A Tool For Overcoming Guilt………………………………………………………………24

Chapter 3: Defense Mechanisms That Impede Our Growth……………………..27
Repression……………..…………………………………………………………….…………29
Suppression…..….……………………………………………………………………………..29
Denial………………….…………………………………………………………………………30
Displacement…………………………………………………………………………………..30
Reaction Formation………………………………………………………………………..…..31
Projection………………………………………………………………………………….…….31
Regression………………………………………………………………………………………33
Rationalization……………………………………………………………………….…………33
Fixation……………………………………………………………………………………….…34
Sublimation………………………………………………………………………..……..….…34
Summary……………………………………..……………………………….………………….34

Chapter 4: Understanding Archetypes………………….……..…………………….37
Individuation…………………………………………………………………………………….39
The Nature of Libido………………………………………………………………………….40
Principle of Opposites…………………………………………………..……………….…..41
Principle of Equivalence………………………………………………………………………42
Principle of Entropy ………………………………………………………….…………..……43
Archetypes…………………………………………………………………………………….44
The Seductive Quality of Archetypes…………………………………………………45
Major Archetypes…………………………………………………………………….……….46
Persona…………………………………………….……..………….………………………………47
Shadow………………………………………………….……………………………………….……47
Anima/Animus…………………………………………………………………..…….…………48
Self……………………………………………………………….………………………….…………52

Chapter 5: Psychological Types………………….……….…….…………………..…..55
Attitudes……………………………………….…………….………………………………..….56
Introversion………………………….……….………………………………………….………….57
Extroversion………………….…………………………………………………………..………58
Functions………………………………………………………………………………….……..59
Irrational Functions……………………………………………………….………………….….59
Rational Functions…………………………………………………………….……………….60
Hierarchical Nature of Functions……………………………………………………….60
Eight Major Types…………………………………………………………………………….64
Extroverted-Thinking……………………………………………………………………….….65
Extroverted-Feeling……………………………………………………………………………..66
Extroverted-Sensing……………………………………………………………………….…….66
Extroverted-Intuitive………………………………………………………….………….…….66
Introverted-Thinking……………………………………………………………..……………..67
Introverted-Feeling…………………………………….………………………….…..……….68
Introverted-Sensing………………………………………………………………..……………68
Introverted Intuitive ……………………………………………………………………….……69
Summary………………………………………………………………………………………..…69
Weblinks……………………………………………………………………………………………70

PART II: MYTHOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING

Chapter 6: Our Guiding Myth…………………………………………..…….…………..…73
Our Personal Mythology………………………………………………..…….……….…..…78

Chapter 7: Goddesses As Metaphors of Feminine Behavior…………….…..…..83
Three Categories of Feminine Archetypes………………………………………………84
Vulnerable Goddesses………………………………………………………..……………………85
Virgin Goddesses…………………………………………………………………………………..85
Alchemical Goddess………………………..……………….…………………………….………85
The Myth of Hera………………………………………………………………………………87
The Effects of the Archetype………………….….……………………………….…………….87
The Myth of Demeter………………………………………………….………………………89
The Effects of the Archetype…………….…………………………………………….…….……90
The Myth of Persephone………………………………………………………………….…92
The Effects of the Archetype…….…………….………………………………………………..92
The Myth of Artemis………………………………………………………………………….93
The Effects of the Archetype …………………………………………………………………….94
Awareness of Time Passing…………………………………….……………………………..….95
Awareness of the Importance of Love……………………………………………………….95
Procreative Instinct and Creativity……………………………………………………………95
The Myth of Athena………………………………………………….……………………………96
The Effects of the Archetype ……………………………………………….…………………….96
The Myth of Hestia……………………………………………………………………………….97
The Effects of the Archetype……………………………………………………………………..98
The Myth of Aphrodite…………………………………………………….………….…..…..98
The Effects of the Archetype ……………………………………………………………………..99
Summary……………………………………………………………..………………………..……101

Chapter 8: Gods as Metaphors of Masculine Behavior……..………..……..……103
Fathers and Sons……………………………….……………………………..………………104
The Myth of Zeus…………………………………..………………….………………………104
The Effects of the Archetype………………..………………………..……………………..104
The Myth of Poseidon……………………………..……………………………….………….105
The Effects of the Archetype ……………………………………..…………………………106
The Myth of Hades………………………………….………………………………………..107
The Effects of the Archetype…………………………………..…………………………….107
The Myth of Apollo………………………………………………….……..…………………108
The Effects of the Archetype………………………………………………………………….108
The Myth of Hermes………………………………………………………….………………109
The Effects of the Archetype ………………………………………..………………………109
The Myth of Ares…………………………………………………………………….………..110
The Effects of the Archetype ………………………………………………………………….110
The Myth of Hephaestus………………………………………………………………………111
The Effects of the Archetype…………………………………………………………………..112
The Myth of Dionysus………………………………………….……………………………..113
The Effects of the Archetype…………………………………………………………………..113
Summary………………………………………………………………………………………..114

PART III: INTEGRATION

Chapter 9: Integration of the Feminine and Masculine.………………..………..…119
Identification of Our Prevailing Myth………………………………….……………………120
The Dialectical Process and the Emergence of a Countermyth……..…………….120
Re-Visioning Our Personal Mythology……………………………….…………………….121
Stage 1: Framing Personal Concerns and Difficulties in Terms of
Deeper Mythological Conflicts…………………………………………………………………….122
Stage 2: Bringing the Roots of Each Side
of the Conflict into Focus.……………………………………………………………………….…123
Stage 3: Conceiving a Unifying Mythic Vision………………………………………….…….123
Stage 4: Refining the Vision into a Commitment
Toward a Renewed Mythology …………………………………………………………….……124
Stage 5: Weaving the Renewed Mythology Into Daily Life ……..…………………….124
Cognitive Structures as Templates for Belief……………………………………………125
Self-Statements………………………………………………………………………………….125
Coding System………………………………………………….……….………………………..126
Unconscious Templates………………………………………………………….…………..126
Neuronal Connections………………………………………………………..…….…………126
Developmental Processes……………………………………………………….……………127
Summary……………………………………………………….………………………………….127

APPENDIX: EXERCISES…………………………………………………………………..………….128
Exercise 1: Questioning the Question………………………………………………………131
Exercise 2: Positive Programming……………………………………………………………..133
Exercise 3: Core Beliefs………………………………………………………………………………136
Exercise 4: My Personal Fairy Tale……………………………………..……………………138
Exercise 5: Understanding Dreams………………………………………………………….139
Exercise 6: Working With Archetypes ………………………………………………………145
Exercise 7: Basic Fear Exercise…………………………………………………………………..149
Exercise 8: Goddesses and Gods In Me………………………………………………….….151
Exercise 9: Activating My Renewed Mythology……………………………………………152
Exercise 10: Journal Work Issues……………….………………………………………………153

References…………………………………………………………………………………….…………15