The Complete Father

Essential Concepts and Archetypes


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About the Book

Fatherhood is a foundational human endeavor steeped in the history of familial and societal development. Every father has within himself the makings of a “complete” parent in terms of his sense of fulfillment. Are you the type of father that you truly want to be? Do you feel secure in your decision-making? Do you sense that you come across as too strict at times, or too lenient? Can you be playful and spontaneous when you want to be? Are you comfortable with having those difficult conversations? Drawing on Carl Jung’s theories, this book discusses several father archetypes, presenting a positive view of fatherhood that emphasizes its manifestations and benefits in children’s lives rather than the difficulties and struggles of parenting.

About the Author(s)

Michael O. Weiner is a child psychotherapist in private practice. In addition, he currently teaches as an adjunct professor at Adelphi University School of Social Work and provides early childhood education consultation at the preschool and elementary school levels. He lives in New York, New York.

Les Paul Gallo-Silver is an associate professor of health science at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY and an adjunct professor of social work at Adelphi University. In addition, he is a clinical supervisor at the Wellness Center at LaGuardia Community College. He lives in New York, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Michael O. Weiner and Les Paul Gallo-Silver
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 259
Bibliographic Info: 28 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6830-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3434-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
Introduction 4
List of Figures and Tables 9
List of Case Scenarios 12

Part I—Background and Foundation
1. Fathering Beyond Conception: The Concept of Fatherhood and Historical Trends in Fathering 17
2. Carl Jung, the Collective Unconscious and the Archetypes 31
3. Balancing Fatherhood 44

Part II—The Archetypes
4. The Captain Archetype 53
5. The Educator Archetype 73
6. The Protector Archetype 90
7. The Nurturer Archetype 109
8. The Jester Archetype 126

Part III—Fatherhood Characteristics
9. An Overview of Fathers’ Characteristics 143
10. Fathers’ Temperaments and Impact on Archetype Access 147
11. Fathers’ Relational Dynamics and Impact on Archetype Access 160
12. Fathers’ Time Orientation and Impact on Archetype Access 176
13. Fathers’ Emotional Intelligence and Impact on Archetype Access 192
14. Fathers’ ­World-View and Impact on Archetype Access 206
15. The Future of Fatherhood Archetypes 220
Bibliography 237
Index 249