Hermes’ Web founder Jerry Fjerkenstad, MA, LP,
recommends the following “must read” books to
support your use of Hermes' Web.
Depth Psychology and a New Ethic
— Erich Neumann
This book describes the
difference between the ego
and the core and why
core-level change is
absolutely necessary for
both the individual and
society. The book lays
much of the groundwork for
the Hermes' Web
approach...and much more!
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additional books.
Vital Lies, Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self-Deception
— Daniel Goleman
The author clearly explains how the human mind and its cognitions work. It is an excellent book for
understanding self-deception and what the barrier is really all about.
Violence: Our Epidemic and Its Deadly Causes
— James Gilligan
This book is an excellent primer for examining the root causes of violence of all types.
Revisioning Psychology
— James Hillman
This book is a great primer on working imaginally, offering a much more sophisticated way to work both
sides of the barrier, while honoring the primacy of the core.
The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self
— Alice Miller
The true self and the false self are very useful concepts that easily align with the idea of the ego and the
core, especially before any attempts have been made to link those two worlds. The linking of the two
worlds creates emotional intelligence as well as healing, and Miller does a wonderful job of describing
the consequences of creating a separate false self.
The Evolving Self
— Robert Kegan
The author takes the entire developmental process and its stages to a new level. The author describes
the growth of the core, as that it what usually lags behind. When push comes to shove, the core takes
over, and its developmental level it typically far more primitive than that of the ego. This book explains why
and what is likely to manifest.
The Crucified Jesus Is No Stranger
— Sabastian Moore
This book represents the essence of the Hermes’ Web approach, presenting it in a Christian context. The
author explains what it needed to make the core moral.
Humanizing the Narcissistic Style
— Stephen M. Johnson
This book offers an amazing imaginal and clinical description of the process of changing the false self to
the true self and counteracting issues that affect the process. It helps readers begin to navigate the
damaged and contaminated core.
Provocative Therapy
— Frank Farrelly
This book is a wonderful resource for using humor in therapy. It has a dark edge to it and talks candidly
about the difficulty in adjusting to this particular style of therapy. The author captures the jester archetype
and offers a myriad of great examples. Humor is an essential element of therapy and is often the only way
to deal with imperialist egos and make contact with the core without raising defenses.
Native American Postcolonial Psychology
— Eduardo Duran
This book explains why ego-based therapy with indigenous people, urban or otherwise, does not work
well. It discusses how to work from the core and the hazards involved.
The Difficult Connection: The Therapeutic Relationship in
Sex Offender Treatment
— Geral T. Blanchard
This book helps therapists make good connections with clients, especially sex offenders, and examine
what’s below their own barriers to discover how that affects their work.
The Man Who Died
— D. H. Lawrence
This short story provides a wonderful image of what it means to “shift” and how waking up in the core is
not necessarily a pleasant experience, at least at first.
— Stanislaw Lem
This book (and movie) greatly exemplifies how elements within the core can come to life and become
unavoidable, just like a sex offense often does for an offender. The book shows the shape, image, and
personality of what inhabits the core and the creatures that can overwhelm and possess the ego.
Invisible Guests: The Development of Imaginal Dialogue
— Mary Watkins
This is a wonderful book for understanding characters in the context of drama and how that relates to
human healing.
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