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Psyche and Eros : Mind and Gender in the Life Course - Gisela Labouvie-Vief

Psyche and Eros

Mind and Gender in the Life Course

Paperback Published: 9th January 1995
ISBN: 9780521468244
Number Of Pages: 346

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In Psyche and Eros, Gisela Labouvie-Vief describes historical and current concepts of mind and development, drawing from disciplines as diverse as philosophy, mythology, religion, literature, and psychology. She then presents a powerful theory of the maturing of mind, which brings together her empirical work and her exploration into mythology. The classical Greek myth of the gods Psyche and Eros serves as an evocative illustration of the author's theory. Psyche and Eros asserts that the core experience of development differs along gender lines. Rationality is regarded as masculine, while imagination is viewed as feminine. Competition between 'masculine' and 'feminine' parts of the mind has limited our ability to describe the mind and its development over the life course, just as it limits our experiences of development as men and women. The author suggests that we overcome the dualistic way of thinking about mind, and see how rationality and imagination can complement each other.

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"...delightful to read...The special contribution of this volume rests in its intelligent melding of mythic narrative and empirical science in the retelling."-Elizabeth A. Stine, Contemporary Psychology "Particularly attractive is the way she uses religion and mythology, as well as literature, psychology and philosophy throughout her work. The work ends with a valuable bibliography and an index." Journal of Indo-European Studies "Particularly attractive is the way she uses religion and mythology, as well as literature, psychology and philosophy throughout her work. The work ends with a valuable bibliography and an index." The Journal of Indo-European Studies

Acknowledgments
Prelude
The Mind Divided
The rage of Aphrodite: the vertical mind
The marriage of death: ascent and loss in development
Night and day: reason and gender
The Mind Restored
Knife and lamp: Mythos rediscovered
Psyche's trials: the transformation of desire
Postlude: the sacred marriage
Notes
References
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ISBN: 9780521468244
ISBN-10: 0521468248
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 346
Published: 9th January 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.34  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.52

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