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Apparently a few of the chapters were written earlier as papers, which results in some repetition, especially late in the book. Then he finds the theology to justify the craving.

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Unlike animals which depend largely on nature for their behaviour, we depend largely on nurture, and part of that process involves a respect for good teachers. Felt like one of those people who tabloids consult to diagnose celebrities from far away To ask other readers questions about Feet of Clayplease sign up. Our admiration for someone we see as our guru just takes this one step further. Character traits of many good gurus.

It is the unchallengeable truth—objective verification is irrelevant. Apr 22, Dyun Tsang rated it it was amazing. An OK attempt at analysis of gurus.

Feet of Clay: The Power and Charisma of Gurus

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The characteristics of a guru: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Must reading for anyone who has been in a cult, high-demand or spiritually abusive group.

Lists with This Book. And buried he rose again, which is certain because it is impossible. There are not always positive outcomes of course – many gurus become corrupt and are confidence tricksters such as Gurdjieff who extracted large sums of money from followers. 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. 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.


So much covered in one book – gurus, nasty cult leaders, why, what characteristics they share whether fdet are good or downright hideous, and why people feel the need to follow them. Quotes from Feet of Clay. Storr was a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, and writer of some excellent books. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. This would perhaps be a good introductory book, but the well-read individual walks away without The book, whilst not clearly not bad, was underwhelming.

Started sttorr, but quickly became repetitive.

I enjoyed this book. All in all a fascinating read. This is a very good, straightforward book by a sane, insightful and humane man.

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In the book Storr details various aspects of gurus and their followers, which I roughly outline here Storr grew up to be kind and insightful, yet, as his obituary states, he was “no stranger to suffering” and was himself allegedly prone to the frequent bouts snthony depression his mother had. 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 so on.

Other examples of gurus that he mentions include Wagner a bad guru and Cardinal Hume a good guru.

Instead he found that his patients made him into an idealized lover, a father figure, or a saviour. An interesting exploration of the phenomenon that is gurus by a psychologist. In turn he compares the guru characteristics of both Jung and Freud. Invariably led by gurus, or spiritual leaders, the fruit of these cults are mass suicides in the South American jungle or the self-immolation of hundreds in besieged fortresses.

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This book explores these guys over the ages and is an interesting, albeit predictable, read.

I began to lose interest towards the end when th This had been mentioned on my yoga course there’s one yoga guru in it and stor mostly quite interesting, although I think inclusion of some of the individuals was stretching it a bit.

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 syorr from an alchemy of motives than from the orderly and discernible laws of nature–and alchemy is the realm of magic. Anyway, it’s basically saying that all people who are revered in ways like these guys are have many similar characteristics, mostly in the childhood lives.

Other examples of gurus that he mentio This book is a fascinating study of gurus — the good, the bad and the ugly. There was a problem adding your email address. Several motivations come into antuony And that Jesus dude? Melissa Gorman rated it it was ok Sep 21, I know some self-absorbed people who need help, but I’m not sure if Storrs has answers for them.

I began to lose interest anthojy the end when the chapters moved away from the people to general points which I felt he’d already covered. A powerful analysis on the minds of gurus and saints. Common terms and phrases Anthony Storr appear became become behaviour belief system believed Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh C.

Antbony editions – View all Feet Of Clay: Storr died in Feet Of Clay Free Press paperback.