Sunday, May 20, 2012

Archetypes of Romantic Love

Divine Madness: Archetypes of Romantic Love examines the transforming experience of romantic love in literature, myth, religion, and everyday life. John Ryan Haule holds a doctorate in religious studies from Temple University. He is a Jungian analyst trained in Zurich and is a faculty member of the C.G. Jung Institute-Boston.

 “John R. Haule’s wonderful study of Romantic Love... is a first-rate psychological, literary and spiritual study... The author’s passion and courage in delving into his own experience... makes reading it a powerful experience in its own right.... One cannot help seeing oneself reflected in the magic mirror of Haule’s study and deriving light and succor therefrom. This is one of the rarest of books—one that really does speak to the heart as well as to the mind.” —Timothy O’Neill, Gnosis Magazine

 “The author brings us wonderful stories from all over the world that point to the lover’s task: to see through to the soul of the beloved. Even our tangled relationships hide this task in their sufferings. Even the love of God brings us to this work. A moving and helpful book.” —Ann Belford Ulanov, Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychiatry and Religion, Union Theological Seminary

 “Haule has the clear eye of an analyst, the spirit of a theologian, and the heart of a troubadour. His lyrical prose invites the reader into the depths and breadth of romantic love by exploring its rich and varied imagery in literature and music. ...There are some little surprise jewels tucked in and under the main theme, such as some fresh definitions of classical Jungian concepts.” —Elizabeth S. Strahan, Past President of the C.G. Jung Institute in Los Angeles

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