The Fisher King & the Handless Maiden: Understanding the Wounded Feeling Function in Masculine and Feminine Psychology

The Fisher King & The Handless Maiden The Fisher King & The Handless Maiden HarperOne

Robert A. Johnson

HarperOne, 1995

The renowned Jungian analyst and author of many books on the Jungian perspective, Johnson examines the two fairy tales, 'The Fisher King" and "The Handless Maiden," in view of their meaning for the wounded masculine and feminine feeling function, particularly in European and North American cultures.

With a deep understanding of Jung as well as many ancient myths and cultures, Johnson explains how our inability to be in touch with our own value or worth and therefore our potential for authentic vitality, is the cause of so much suffering and loneliness. He examines these fairy tales which represent this tragic loss for men and women in relationship with the world, themselves, and each other, yet also hold our own redemption as they deliniate the path to healing in their unfolding.  Johnson's sensitivity to our collective woundedness and compassion for our individual pain coupled with his intellectual strength and literary gifts make this small book a powerful witness to our contemporary world of anger and despair.  For those readers whose interests lie in the non-duality of consciousness, this too is a way to the realization of that inner wholeness.



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