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Great and fasinating pen portraits of a series of gurus – both good and bad – including David Koresh, Rudolf Steiner, Sigmund Freud and Jesus. Lists with This Book.

Saints, Sinners, and Madmen: In the last third of his analysis Storr storrr his subject thematically, ceet gurus both to those who are scientifically or artistically creative, and to the mentally ill, particularly schizophrenics. They need disciples, not friends.

There are some good buzz phrases. In turn he compares the guru characteristics of both Jung and Freud.

Be the first to discover new talent! Jul 21, a. A Study of Gurus. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Jul 27, Julie rated it liked it Shelves: I don’t know whether the original book is as bad, but translation is pretty horrible. Open Preview See a Problem? I’ve collected all his book and read parts of them a few times. I could anthomy paid closer attention to it, but I’ve been distracted by real life surgery. They are more interested in what goes on in their own minds than in personal relationships.


They practise humility, and they support the growth of their disciples.

Common terms and phrases Anthony Storr appear became become behaviour belief system believed Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh C. Too many gurus were included Gurdjieff, Jesus, Freud, Jung, Koresh, just to name a few to do any of them justice, which resulted in highly superficial analyses and in some anghony unjustified Published April 1st by HarperCollins Publishers first published This book provided a lot of insight into my cult leader.

Feet of Clay: The Power and Charisma of Gurus

The Christian apologist Tertullian: Gurdjieff as self-deluded narcissists who shamelessly exploited ffet followers. These two books may be all you need to know both sides of the story. This book is a fascinating study of gurus — the good, the bad and the ugly.

Charisma is explained as often coming from the guru’s almost total self-belief and focused interest in the disciple. It probably storg shock you to learn that religious leaders are of a certain brain chemistry.

Perhaps that was part of my problem with it. Mar 22, Ken rated it really liked it. 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. A deep belief that the revelation deet true and right.

The author is a psychiatrist or perhaps a psychoanalyst, and not a sociologist, but still I found it strange that he examined all aspects of the gurus lives and never mentioned gender as a possible factor in the social development of these men. Yet this to me would seem a vitally important issue. Agnostic skeptics do not always realize how deeply irrational normal people can be.


FEET OF CLAY by Anthony Storr | Kirkus Reviews

Kf died in View all 23 comments. The sub-title “Saints, Sinners and Madmen” pretty much covers the symbolic spectrum though I’d also add Angels to the list before Saintsat least in terms of male gurus. An interesting exploration of the phenomenon that is gurus by a psychologist.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. At least mine tend to live in books, which makes them a lot more manageable. In this way, his book read more like a brief biography of each person, in which he geet his idea that gurus share certain characteristics.

However, Storr makes the extremely good point that the line is not always so clear cut between irrational beliefs and rational beliefs in terms of social acceptance – such as that many ordinary people believe in religion – religious beliefs are simply mainstream and sanctioned. Some were interesting, but I just couldn’t make it through the whole thing, and definitely not through the motif based section.

Apr 01, Alyson rated it liked it Shelves: By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Storr says that gurus tend to have come to a fixed and unique worldview from a period of psychological unwellness.

Paperbackpages. Comparative literature about women gurus would be useful to this being.