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What I learned, fundamentally, from this book is to constantly check in the mirror and recognise my own tendacy towards gurudom I could have paid closer attention to it, but I’ve been distracted by real life surgery.
The Christian apologist Tertullian: Otherwise, Feet of Clay is well and simply written and definitely worth reading. Saints, Sinners and Madmen: Open Preview See a Problem?
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Storr grew up to be kind and insightful, yet, cllay his obituary states, he was “no stranger to suffering” and was himself allegedly prone to the frequent bouts of depression his mother had. It is the unchallengeable truth—objective verification is irrelevant.
Aug 04, Ahmet Dursun rated it liked it. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Gurus are people we choose to regard as saviours.
Jul 27, Julie rated it liked it Shelves: Simon and SchusterAug 19, – Psychology – pages. All of the people Storr examines are men, save for the last 9 pages briefly mentioning a woman who actually does not fit any of the patterns Sto Storr goes into detail about the childhood and life story of men he considers gurus, both evil and benevolent.
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. I’m not saying there are not women who seek power over others or who are narcissistic megalomaniacs, but it seems to me that patriarchy might have something to do with cults based on relationships of disparate levels of power and control.
Should a guru with weird beliefs be considered mad?
So much covered in one book – gurus, nasty cult leaders, why, what characteristics they share whether they are good or downright hideous, and why people feel the need to follow them. Perhaps that was part of my problem with it. Trivia About Feet of Clay: They are more interested in what goes on in their own minds than in personal relationships.
Aug 05, Ron rated it really liked it. They need disciples, not friends. Some enjoy inflicting cruel punishments upon transgressors. Selected pages Title Page. This would perhaps be a good introductory book, but the well-read individual walks away without The book, whilst not clearly not stord, was underwhelming.
I wouldn’t have touched this if it wasn’t for book club but I feel like I learnt so much. Subtlely, The book also provided insight into why we need gurus and saints.
This thoughtful and engaging book provides answers Return to Book Page. Anthony Storr was an English psychiatrist and author. Oct 18, Fiona rated it really liked it. Jung characteristic charisma child childhood Christian Church claimed confidence trickster considered conviction creative illness David Koresh delusional system delusions depression described disciples distress doubt dreams E. The book suffers from a lack of cohesive direction and ends up being a collection of information.
I thought the first couple chapters were great and I was pretty into it, but about halfway through it starts to feel like a textbook and by the end I just wanted it to be over with. And buried he rose again, which is certain because it is impossible. Several motivations come into play: Our admiration for someone we see as our guru just takes this one step further. In the book Storr details various aspects of gurus and their followers, which I roughly outline here Why do followers prostrate themselves at the feet of other human beings who claim to be gurus?
All in all a fascinating read. For Storr the guru possesses “the charisma of certainty” a certainty about what they say and do; a certainty that needs followers to feed their self belief; and a certainty which “is a snare which entraps the child who is latent in us all. This book is deeply problematic and biased.
Aug 04, Cheryl rated it did not like it. They practise humility, and they support the growth of their disciples. Agnostic skeptics do not always realize how deeply irrational normal people can be.
Most are arrogantly self-certain and otherwise highly narcissistic, even grandiose; some tend to be paranoid while others, such as Rajneesh and Koresh, are materially or sexually exploitative of others.
Some were interesting, but I just couldn’t make it through the whole thing, and definitely not through the motif based section. A Study of Sotrr. They often get pleasure from the exercise of power.