Potency: Masculine Aggression as a Path to the Soul Eugene Monick (Zurich)
ISBN 1-894574-15-X. Index. 160 pp. 2006. $25.00
This long-awaited book by the best-selling author of Phallos (1987) and Castration and Male Rage (1991) does not disappoint. Indeed, Potency was ten years in the writing, and it is the culmination of Dr. Monick’s forty-year involvement in exploring the psychological essence of masculinity and the dynamics underlying male-female relationships.
He writes: "The collapse of patriarchy is on our doorstep if not already in the house. Men feel this change deeply. Almost everywhere, being born male has made a man feel entitled. Becoming unentitled can make men insecure, angry and pathologically violent, as though they faced the threat of castration. How can men function without their traditional authority to be in control?"
This book addresses that question and offers cogent alternatives to patriarchy and patriarchal attitudes.
Eugene Monick, M.Div., Ph.D., is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich and an Episcopal priest. He lives and practices in the Scranton area of Pennsylvania. There is an excerpt from Potency in the Jung
at Heart newsletter, no. 43.