In this collection of diary entries made by British psychiatrist E.A. Bennet during his visits with the Swiss analyst C.G. Jung over a 15-year period, Bennet’s colorfully spontaneous accounts reveal Jung’s down-to-earth personality and his extraordinary mind, at ease in his daily surroundings. Meetings with Jung serves as an ideal introduction to Jungian psychology while providing a rare, intimate perspective into Jung’s life and work for those already familiar with the more scholarly literature.
Edward Armstrong Bennet was born in Poyntzpass, near Armagh in Northern Ireland, on 21 October 1888. He was educated at Campbell College, Belfast, and studied philosophy and theology at Trinity College, Dublin, where he obtained an honours degree in philosophy. After further studies at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, he was ordained in the Church of England. At the outbreak of the First War he joined the Sixth Northants Regiment as their chaplain, and in 1915 he was awarded the M.C. for conspicuous bravery. The experiences of the war led him to return afterwards to Trinity College where he qualified in medicine in 1925. Later, in 1939, he was awarded the Sc.D. by the same college.
From the start of his medical career Dr. Bennet’s interest lay in psychiatry. Soon after 1925 he moved to London and joined the staff of the Tavistock Clinic; he also took up an appointment at the West End Hospital for Nervous Diseases, and within a few years was lecturing regularly on psychological medicine. His work was characterised by a deep concern for people and their suffering – which is probably the basic motivation of all really good doctors.
Redefining age-old concepts of masculinity, Jungian analysts Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette make the argument that mature masculinity is not abusive or domineering, but generative, creative, and empowering of the self and others. Moore and Gillette clearly define the four mature male archetypes that stand out through myth and literature across history: the king (the energy of just and creative ordering), the warrior (the energy of aggressive but nonviolent action), the magician (the energy of initiation and transformation), and the lover (the energy that connects one to others and the world), as well as the four immature patterns that interfere with masculine potential (divine child, oedipal child, trickster and hero). King, Warrior, Magician, Lover is an exploratory journey that will help men and women reimagine and deepen their understanding of the masculine psyche.