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By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. For example, Storr writes of Andrew Harvey’s experience with Mother Meera, a seventeen-year-old Indian woman, whom Harvey would visit to have his head held by her in silence.


Selected pages Title Page. Gurus are people we choose to regard as saviours. The Christian apologist Tertullian: Nov 09, Dianne Landry rated it did not like it Shelves: Why do followers prostrate themselves at the feet of other human beings who claim to be gurus? Some enjoy inflicting ot punishments upon transgressors.

I could have paid closer attention to it, but I’ve been distracted by real life surgery. Oct 18, Fiona rated it really liked it.

Feet Of Clay

To ask other readers questions about Feet of Clayplease sign up. Several motivations come into play: They need disciples, not friends. Communes even if harsh are remembered by some followers as happy periods of their lives due to the sense of community and abnegation of mental responsibility that comes from following an authoritarian.


I had very high hopes for this book. Published April 1st by HarperCollins Publishers first published Mar 22, Ken rated it really liked it. The role he wanted to assume was that of a mountain guide.

FEET OF CLAY by Anthony Storr | Kirkus Reviews

Quotes from Feet of Clay. He felt mystical experiences; a calm, love. Started out pretty interesting, the first chapter talks about David Koresh and Jim Jones and dudes like that who somehow became gods ffeet so many idiots. Great and fasinating pen portraits of a series of gurus – both good and bad – including David Koresh, Rudolf Steiner, Sigmund Freud and Jesus.

Sure, there have been plenty of abusers of power throughout history, but I come away from this book thinking that Storrs is chiefly concerned about those who espouse “strange” i. They KNOW their vision is right, and this assurance oc a big building block towards having charisma.

The human condition is a tricky affair and the characters who presume to know more than mankind-at-large are an interesting bunch.

No trivia or quizzes anrhony. For example, the tenets of Christianity: I know some self-absorbed people who need help, but I’m not sure if Storrs has answers for them.

Yet this to me would seem a vitally important issue.

Dec 21, Jill rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This had been mentioned on my yoga course there’s one yoga guru in anthoyn and it’s mostly quite interesting, although I think inclusion of some of the individuals was stretching it a bit. Know that such men can only come to grief. It was especially fun to read a psych perspective on mathematical discovery, which was compared to the revelation of gurus. Jul 12, Gregor rated it it was amazing.


The book, whilst not clearly not bad, was underwhelming. In the book Storr details various aspects of gurus and their followers, which I roughly outline here Saints, Sinners, and Madmen: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Feet of Clay: A Study of Gurus by Anthony Storr

The characteristics of a guru: They lack equal relationships with others and therefore have few checks that come from criticism and egalitarian discourse which must surely help to result in their often wildly eccentric views. This book provided a lot of insight into my cult leader.

This author holds his own personal opinion in very high esteem, and does a lot of speculating on the possible psychoanalytic possibilities of each guru. Books by Anthony Storr. Gurus have no equals and are intensely narcissistic. What I learned, fundamentally, from this book is to constantly check in the mirror and recognise my own tendacy towards A very important book by one of the truely wise men of the psychiatric profession, or in Storr’s case vocation.

A Return to the Self. So much covered in one book – gurus, nasty cult leaders, why, what characteristics they share whether they are good or downright hideous, and why people feel the need to follow them.

It later covers some other well known men, like Jung, Freud, Rajneesh, and some dude named Jesus. In a real sense Storr is my chosen guru teacher on field of psychiatry, of which I am both highly critical and pragmatically involved.