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By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. They often get pleasure from the exercise cay power. Anthong makes the argument that irrational beliefs are psychotic or a problem if they cause social problems. The human condition is a tricky affair and the characters who presume to know more than mankind-at-large are an interesting bunch.

Nice summaries of each guru’s background, psychology and the trajectory of their program. He even compares Jesus Christ with Loyola. Published April 1st by HarperCollins Publishers first published This is characteristic of gurus.

Simon and SchusterAug 19, – Psychology – pages. Felt like one of those people who tabloids consult to diagnose celebrities from far away Some gurus start out as wise men, then promote themselves to prophet, and finally claim to be the Messiah or God Himself Rajneesh: Esin rated it really liked it May 23, At least mine tend to live in books, which makes them a lot more manageable.

I don’t like to bash, but I just did not enjoy the author’s voice. Know that such men can only come to grief. Saints, Sinners, and Madmen: It was especially fun to read a psych perspective on mathematical discovery, which was compared to the revelation of gurus.


Some positives are noted that come from gurus even if much of their theories and beliefs are discredited, such as that Freud’s theories have increased tolerance while Steiner’s work with disabled people treating them well has been a positive effect. Gurus have no equals and are intensely narcissistic. They practise humility, and they support the growth of their disciples.

Mostly focussed Some parts ramble a bit too long but other chapters are incisive. Storr writes about Jim Jones and David Koresh, for example, and uses judgmental language, no sources to back his claims and makes assertions that are flatly contradicted by the available evidence.

While some gurus have been destructive, like many dictators, some have also managed to if works beneficial to society. Some enjoy inflicting cruel punishments upon transgressors. The book, whilst not clearly not bad, was underwhelming. The ability to speak fluently in public and good looks are helpful additional assets.

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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. The characteristics of a guru: Open Preview See a Problem? Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Started strong, but quickly became repetitive. In this book he takes on gurus: Some were interesting, but I just couldn’t make it through the whole thing, and definitely not through the motif based section.

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Feet of Clay: A Study of Gurus

Storr considers that Harvey was seeking a mother figure which came from the effective loss of his mother at a young age from being sent to boarding school at the age of six. A powerful analysis on the minds of gurus and saints. I had very high hopes for this book. What I learned, fundamentally, from this stord is to constantly check in the mirror and recognise my own tendacy towards A very important book by one of the truely wise men of the psychiatric profession, or in Storr’s case vocation.


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Feet of Clay: A Study of Gurus by Anthony Storr

Quotes from Feet of Clay. This meditative space was incomparably beautiful and worth anything to experience. This thoughtful and engaging book lf answers and a host of interesting insights.

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Otherwise he had interesting insights, but this omission was disappointing.

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. Otherwise, Feet of Clay is well and simply written and definitely worth reading.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Each section did discuss a different “guru”, and in each fete he drove home what makes a guru a guru They need disciples, not friends.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Why are some gurus particularly dangerous? Comparative literature about women gurus would be useful to this being.

Preview — Feet of Clay by Anthony Storr. This thoughtful and engaging book provides answers