Mythopoetic Perspectives of Men's Healing Work: An Anthology for Therapists and Others

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group context might employ themes of the mythopoetic or use a ritual process to simulate transitions and passages of clients. In some ways the therapist, regardless of age, symbolizes a mentor to the client. If the importance of this relationship is honored, it can be used as a positive force in aiding the client to new understandings and therapeutic experiences. It is also strongly suggested that the therapist experience his or her own ritual work enhancing personal growth, congruence, and experiences in this North American culture devoid of meaningful spiritual journeys, symbols, and rituals.

This exploration of the mythopoetic perspective within the framework of contemporary psychological theory and application has supported the approach as a viable psychoeducational experience for many men, while at the same time capturing only a fleeting glimpse of the richness and meaning for those who have grown, been transformed, and continue on their own hero's journey.


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