The Problem With Modern Masculinity

with Eivind Skjellum

The Question

What does it mean to be a real man these days?

What should men aspire to be? What heroes and role models can they look up to?

In this era of exacting cultural standards and intense societal pressure, suicide is the highest cause of death amongst men aged 30-40. Why?

In this episode we explore why men don’t share their feelings and how its slowly killing them. We explore vulnerability as the saviour of the modern man.

Our Guest

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Eivind Skjellum

Transformational Mens Coach

Eivind Sjkellum is the founder of an online men’s initiation process called Reclaim Your Inner Throne and a leading figure in the international men’s movement.

He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of archetypes and masculine psychology, and a leader in ritual processes for men.

Much of Eivind’s work is anchored in what is known as archetypal psychology. This field was pioneered by the revolutionary Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, who discovered that we all as human beings share a collective unconscious and within this we have shared images, myths and stories that help us make sense of the world around us, our own maps of meaning.

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The Talk

Eivind Sjkellum is the founder of an online men’s initiation process called Reclaim Your Inner Throne and a leading figure in the international men’s movement.

Central to his work is the idea that on all of our personal life journeys of discovery and growth, there are many forces within us that battle for attention.

Our personality is not a single entity with one homogenous voice. Instead it is a variety of different voices that battle for dominance.

Sometimes unfamiliar voices may shock or delight, and sometimes worn out voices may become so irritating, so jarring, so profoundly removed from what we want to hear, that we come to hate ourselves.

One of the most important types of work we can do for our maturity is to identify and befriend these voices, so that they find and relax into their rightful place in an increasingly integrated psyche.

Much of Eivind’s work is anchored in what is known as archetypal psychology. This field was pioneered by the revolutionary Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, who discovered that we all as human beings share a collective unconscious and within this we have shared images, myths and stories that help us make sense of the world around us, our own maps of meaning.

These primordial images are known as archetypes and the core four ones that comprise the psyche are known as the king, warrior, magician and lover.

Jungian psychologists Robert Moore and Doug Gillete built on Jung’s work to demonstrate how each of these 4 archetypes manifest initially as immature energies during childhood and how each of them mature into adulthood.

At the core of Eivind’s work is helping men who are struggling to find inner peace with life’s demands of love, work and creativity, by recognizing these archetypal energies at play and initiating men through a 3 month process into maturation.

I caught up with Eivind to learn about the problems with masculinity today, how archetypes help us understand the reasons and how ritual process can bring men into a fully integrated sense of themselves.

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The Questions

  • What is going on with masculinity these days?
  • Why do so many men refuse to answer the call to fulfil their destiny?
  • What has been the impact of loss of ritual process on the modern man?
  • What are the psychological archetypes that help explain a man’s behaviour and motivations?
  • What is the magician archetype and how does it manifest maturely?
  • How do you bring a man through maturation?
  • What is the future for masculinity?

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