A Society Of Siblings with Robert Bly

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Robert Bly, a key figure of the American men’s movement, long ago brought our attention to our failure to initiate young people into adult society. “We’re substituting Prozac for depth psychology,” Bly warns. Characterized by petty rivalries, self-indulgence and lack of responsibility, our actions fail to fulfill what Bly describes as our true soul longing. With characteristic irreverence and colorful storytelling from diverse cultures, Bly tells us what we should be doing about adolescents and idle elders, not to mention televisions and computers. His original, insightful focus illuminates the harsh truths and inspiring possibilities of a culture caught in an adolescent phase of development - and possibly ready to move beyond it. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Robert Bly (1926-2021), Poet, translator and teacher. Bly was the author of many books, including:

To learn more about the work of Robert Bly go to www.robertbly.com.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • The sibling concept as a new way to understand modern society
  • A new and different take on "Jack and the Beanstalk"
  • Television and the reptilian brain
  • The crocodile and the horse in psychotherapy
  • How not to "waste our elders"
  • The trouble with Timothy Leary and Benjamin Franklin
  • How the United States is "colonizing" itself
  • Dealing with "the rage of the unparented"
  • A tongue-in-cheek cure for television and computer addiction
  • The snake who was thrown out the window
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 5/24/1996        Program Number: 2568