Feet of Clay

Feet of Clay

Saints, Sinners, and Madmen : A Study of Gurus

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
Examining why society becomes so enraptured with certain figures, an author surveys a wide variety of leaders both past and present attempting to explain how to distinguish between false authorities and those who are real. 35,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
In his classic work, Solitude, internationally acclaimed author and psychiatrist Anthony Storr probed our basic and often unmet need for solitude, especially emphasizing its relation to creativity. In Music and the Mind, Storr explored the fundamental human need for music, demonstrating its ability to reunite the mind and body. Now, in Feet of Clay, Storr again provides a fresh perspective into one of the most potentially dangerous human needs, the need for certitude. In vivid portraits of some of history's most intriguing gurus, from David Koresh to Freud and Jung to Jesus, Storr examines why we are so enthralled with certain dogmatic figures who play on our need for certainty.
Gurus are extraordinary individuals who cast doubt upon current psychiatric distinctions between sanity and madness. Because gurus are charismatic figures who are gifted teachers, they recruit disciples who adopt the guru's vision as their own. The guru convinces others that he knows, a persuasive capacity which can bring illumination but which may end in disaster.
Storr demonstrates that most of us harbor irrational beliefs, and he discusses how the human wish for certainty in an insecure world leads to our confusing delusion with truth. Storr reveals how the adoration for the guru can so easily corrupt him and explains why certain gurus become moral parasites while others become spiritual beacons.

Baker
& Taylor

Examining why society becomes so enraptured with certain figures, the author surveys a wide variety of leaders both past and present, attempting to explain how to distinguish between false authorities and those who are real

Publisher: New York : Free Press, c1996
ISBN: 9780684828183
0684828189
Characteristics: xvii, 253 p. : ports. ; 25 cm

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