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Storr says that gurus tend to be introverted and narcissistic, people who don’t think that anyone really cares for them, which may stem from childhood experiences. I thought the first couple chapters were great and I was pretty into it, but about halfway through it starts to feel like a textbook and by the end I just wanted it to be over with. What traits or life-experiences do they share?
Great and fasinating pen portraits of a series of gurus – both good and bad – including David Koresh, Rudolf Steiner, Sigmund Freud and Jesus. This had been mentioned on my yoga course there’s one yoga guru in it and it’s mostly quite interesting, although I think inclusion of some of the individuals was stretching it a bit.
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Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. There is discussion of Jung’s schizophrenic symptoms, Ignatius’s physical convalescence after being an athlete, Rajneesh’s long depression he is thought to be bipolarJesus’s forty days and nights in the desert, and anthojy on.
All in all a fascinating read. And many gurus, like some creative scientists and many artists, show symptoms of manic-depression bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.
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Feet Of Clay
A revelation that the guru says has transformed their lives. A Study of Gurus by Anthony Storr. Then he finds the theology to justify the craving. A very important book by one of the truely wise men of anhhony psychiatric profession, or in Storr’s case vocation. Why do followers prostrate themselves at the feet of other human beings who claim to be gurus?
He was a child who was to endure the typical trauma of early 20th century UK boarding schools. Why are some gurus particularly dangerous? Other examples of gurus that he mentions include Wagner a bad guru and Cardinal Hume a good guru. Storr discusses these issues abstractly and also illustrates them with case studies of some well-known people he considers gurus, including bad cclay like Jim Jones and David Koresh, iffy guys like Bhagwan Shree R Anthony Storr is a British psychiatrist who stkrr written extensively about Freud, Jung, creativity and violence.
Storr believes that we are hard-wired to respect good teachers. Gurus have much more likelihood of becoming powerful when times are hard and stressful. Gurdjieff as self-deluded narcissists who shamelessly exploited their followers.
Jul 18, Meghan Rae rated it liked it. Storr considers that Harvey was seeking a mother figure which came from the effective loss of his mother at a young age from being anthon to boarding school at the age of six. All of the people Storr examines stror men, save for the last 9 pages briefly mentioning a woman who actually does not fit any of the patterns Storr develops in the rest of the book.
Feet of Clay: The Power and Charisma of Gurus
This book provided a lot of insight into my cult leader. Storr grew up to be kind and insightful, yet, as his obituary states, he was “no stranger to clqy and was himself allegedly prone to the frequent bouts of depression his mother had. Other editions – View all Feet Of Clay: It is a very basic human impulse.
The cast of characters that we meet in “Feet of Clay” are charlatans, magicians, and sco The human condition is a tricky affair and the characters who presume to know more than mankind-at-large are an interesting bunch. Published April 1st by HarperCollins Publishers first published Disciples, of course, seek the peace, acceptance and authority that gurus offer.
Yet this to me would seem a vitally important issue. It explains what makes them gurus and why they have had such an impact on their followers. It was the longshoreman philosopher, Eric Hoffer, who pointed out that science will never fathom the human soul since the behavior of this strange animal springs more from an alchemy of motives than from the orderly and discernible laws of nature–and alchemy is the realm of magic.
Character traits of many good gurus. Communes even if harsh are remembered by some followers as happy periods of their lives due to the sense of community and abnegation of mental responsibility that comes from following an authoritarian.