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 childrens’ lives rather than the difficulties and struggles of parenting.

About the Author(s)

Michael O. Weiner is a licensed clinical social worker and a Portland, Oregon-based child and adolescent psychotherapist. He has a private practice working with children, adolescents, and parents, teaches social work practice at the graduate school level, and provides child development consultation to early childhood educators.

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

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Incorporates wide-ranging viewpoints on what modern fatherhood means and examines its essential features…. includes many diagrams and case reports; its scholarly approach makes it ideally suited for a course on this subject…. There is much useful knowledge in the book about desirable and less worthy fatherhood characteristics, making it valuable to clinicians seeking to inspire more praiseworthy fathering characteristics among patients aiming to improve their paternal skills…. recommended”—Choice

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