Men’s Psychology

Al Collins has a long-standing interest in men’s psychology, often in a multicultural context, which led to writing the bookFatherson: A Self Psychology of the Archetypal Masculine(Chiron Press, 1994). He often works with men who seek deeper understanding of themselves as men, fathers, and sons. The following paper was published in the journal Psyche and Culture in 2006.

Excerpt from “Outside the Walls: Men’s Quest in the Films of Clint Eastwood”:

“John Beebe’s insight that films—especially films of value—play out the archetypes of the director’s psyche through their characters is especially relevant to Clint Eastwood’s work. The central archetype with which he is concerned is, as I have argued, that of the warrior male. The men’s movement a few years ago distinguished man as warrior from the lover, magician, and king. As Eastwood’s vision grows, the lover increasingly comes to the forefront. The magician appears in the figure of the artist, with whom Clint Eastwood is personally most identified. Kingship is occasionally alluded to, as when Sean’s wife recognizes it in him (it is also perversely suggested in “Unforgiven”’s monarchist killer English Bob), but is rare in Eastwood as in our culture generally.”

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