Reviews

Robert M. Ellis has put together a magisterial work on the archetype, bringing together empirical, philosophical, comparative religious and Jungian approaches into one carefully worked out theory. A rich, deeply thought provoking and remarkable synthesis.
Erik D Goodwyn MD, Associate Professor and Director of Psychotherapy Training, University of Louisville; author of The Neurobiology of the Gods

Following the rise of the interdisciplinary field of cognitive cultural studies, discussions of the imagination in the academic humanities are becoming less dominated by Freudian and Lacanian theory. Research in fields such as conceptual metaphor theory, neuropsychology, and cognitive anthropology is also increasingly informing debate. Robert M. Ellis’s study, part of his wider Middle Way philosophy, offers a helpful contribution to these emerging conversations. It critically synthesises classic Jungian concepts such as archetype, shadow, and anima with recent cognitive approaches to mindfulness, metaphor, bias, and embodiment. Drawing on both religious and secular examples, Ellis proposes a new, praxis-oriented interpretation of archetypes as ‘schematic functions’ which provide long-term inspiration in the pursuit of inner integration.
Dr Miranda Gill, Former University Lecturer in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge