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Buy Feet of Clay: Study of Gurus New Ed by Anthony Storr (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible. Feet of Clay. by Anthony Storr. On Sale: 14/11/ Format: eBook, Paperback. To read e-books on the HC Reader App download it on: (Opens in new window). Feet of Clay: Saints, Sinners, and Madmen: A Study of Gurus. By Anthony. Storr. New York. Free Press, pages. N.P.. This is a wise and balanced book .

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Leaving this one midway. A Return to the Self. Storr grew up to be kind and insightful, yet, as his obituary states, h Anthony Storr was an English psychiatrist and author. How do we distinguish between them?

Instead he found that his patients made him into an idealized lover, a father figure, wtorr a saviour.

Nice summaries of each guru’s background, psychology and the trajectory of their program. I know some self-absorbed people who need help, but I’m not sure if Storrs has answers for them.

It explains what makes them gurus and why they have had such an impact on their followers. Quotes from Anhhony of Clay.

Feet of Clay: A Study of Gurus by Anthony Storr

This is a very good, straightforward book by a sane, insightful and humane man. Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Ignatius Stor, who have had an outsized influence upon psychiatry and Roman Catholicism, are profiled as well. Started out pretty interesting, the first chapter talks about David Koresh and Jim Jones and dudes like that who somehow became gods to so many idiots.

A revelation that the guru says has transformed their lives. Nov 09, Dianne Landry rated it did not like it Shelves: Jung characteristic charisma child snthony Christian Church claimed confidence trickster considered conviction creative illness David Koresh delusional system delusions depression described disciples distress doubt dreams E.


I had very high hopes for this book. Gurdjieff as self-deluded narcissists who shamelessly exploited their followers. Then he finds the theology to justify the craving. Saints, Sinners, and Madmen: I could have paid closer attention to it, but I’ve been distracted by real life surgery. Storr grew up to stort kind and insightful, yet, as his obituary states, he was “no stranger to suffering” and was himself allegedly prone to the frequent bouts of depression his mother had.

The characteristics of a guru: Our desire for gurus We all have a propensity to put people on pedestals and make them gurus.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Kf of Service. What I learned, fundamentally, from this book is to constantly check in the mirror and recognise claay own tendacy towards A very important book by one of the truely wise men of the psychiatric profession, or in Storr’s case vocation.

The book suffers from a lack of cohesive direction and ends up being a collection of information. The wisest men follow their own direction And listen to no prophet guiding them.

Storr believes that we are hard-wired to respect good teachers. The cast of characters that we meet in “Feet of Clay” are charlatans, magicians, and sco The human condition is a tricky affair and the characters who presume to know more than mankind-at-large are an interesting bunch. Mostly focussed Some parts ramble a bit too long but other chapters are incisive. This author holds his own personal opinion in very high esteem, and does a lot of speculating on the possible psychoanalytic possibilities of each guru.

Dec 21, Jill rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Anthnypages. I began to lose interest towards the end when th This had been mentioned on my yoga course there’s one yoga guru storrr it and it’s mostly quite interesting, although I think inclusion of some of the individuals was stretching it a bit.


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Please provide an email address. Oct 25, ActionScientist rated it it was amazing. Jul 21, a. Criticism is seen as hostility. Agnostic skeptics do fete always realize how deeply irrational normal people can be. It was especially fun to read a psych perspective on mathematical discovery, which was compared anthojy the revelation of gurus. In turn he compares the guru characteristics of both Jung and Freud. There was a problem adding your email address. The ability to speak fluently in public and good looks are helpful additional assets.

An interesting exploration of the phenomenon that is gurus by a psychologist. In the book Storr details various aspects of gurus and their followers, which I roughly outline here This meditative space was incomparably beautiful and worth anything to experience.



The format irritated me a bit- rather than developing a single theory and developing it progressively through the use of case studies, the author organises the book by surveying, case-by-case, each ‘guru’. All in all a fascinating read. Selected pages Title Page. A powerful analysis on the minds of gurus and saints. Books by Anthony Storr.

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 cases unjustified They need disciples, not friends.

Some enjoy inflicting cruel punishments upon transgressors. When others buy into his doctrine, he starts believing it himself.