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Aug 02, Cooper Cooper rated it really liked it Anthony Storr is a British psychiatrist who has written extensively about Freud, Jung, creativity and violence.
In this book he takes on gurus: in particular, what do they have in common? What traits or life-experiences do they share? Should a guru with weird beliefs be considered mad? Storr discusses these issues abstractly and also illustrates them with case studies of some well-known people he considers gurus, including bad guys like Jim Jones and David Koresh, iffy guys like Bhagwan Shree Anthony Storr is a British psychiatrist who has written extensively about Freud, Jung, creativity and violence.
Storr discusses these issues abstractly and also illustrates them with case studies of some well-known people he considers gurus, including bad guys like Jim Jones and David Koresh, iffy guys like Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and George Gurdjieff, and better guys like George Steiner, Loyola, Freud, Jung, Mother Meara of India and Jesus. Agnostic skeptics do not always realize how deeply irrational normal people can be.
It is the unchallengeable truth—objective verification is irrelevant. Those who remain narcissistic in adult life retain this need to be loved and to be the center of attention together with the grandiosity which accompanies it. This is characteristic of gurus. Then he finds the theology to justify the craving.
When others buy into his doctrine, he starts believing it himself. For example, the tenets of Christianity: virgin birth—come on; resurrection—gimme a break. If an unconnected private citizen espoused comparable beliefs—for example, that angels are birthed from armpits and that dead ants will rise again—he would be considered mad. The process is essentially the same as that employed by the highly creative in science and art; the difference is that many gurus think they know, and therefore do not have to subject their insights to objective verification as scientists do, or to aesthetic evaluation as artists do.
And many gurus, like some creative scientists and many artists, show symptoms of manic-depression bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Why do followers prostrate themselves at the feet of other human beings who claim to be gurus? This meditative space was incomparably beautiful and worth anything to experience. Most people who have spent any time in a religious cult will have tasted this bliss, and it is what keeps them coming back for more.
For these reasons, many disciples maintain their beliefs, delusive or not, with incredible tenacity. And buried he rose again, which is certain because it is impossible. How do we distinguish between them? As epigraph for Feet of Clay, Storr chose a quote from the ancient Greek dramatist Euripides: The wisest men follow their own direction And listen to no prophet guiding them.
None but the fools believe in oracles, Forsaking their own judgment. Know that such men can only come to grief. This is a very good, straightforward book by a sane, insightful and humane man. Apparently a few of the chapters were written earlier as papers, which results in some repetition, especially late in the book.
Otherwise, Feet of Clay is well and simply written and definitely worth reading.
Feet of clay : saints, sinners, and madmen : a study of gurus
A study of gurus Book review by Anthony Campbell. The review is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Anthony Storr was an eclectic psychiatrist whose wide range of interests allowed him to see both the good and the bad points of many of the figures he writes about here, including Jung and Freud. Among the other gurus he considers are Gurdjieff, Steiner, and Rajneesh. The book begins by discussing two gurus who were obviously psychotic, Jim Jones and David Koresh, both of whom were responsible for mass suicides or possibly murders. Some of the others also became seriously disturbed or psychotic later in life, notably Rajneesh.
Feet of Clay: A Study of Gurus
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