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The Way of the Superior Man

Written by: David Deida
Narrated by: Cecil Archbold
Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the decades since the initial publication of The Way of the Superior Man, society has changed significantly. Issues of gender and sexuality long confined to secrecy have become part of everyday conversation, and rigid ideas about our societal roles have begun to dissolve.

And yet, perhaps now more than at any time, men of all ages still “tussle with the challenges of women, work, and sexual desire.” In this unabridged audiobook of the classic guide to masculine spirituality, David Deida encourages men and women to lean into the conversation and offer their most valuable assets to the world - their authentic heart and depth of presence.

More relevant than ever, The Way of the Superior Man offers a view of a more conscious and embodied masculinity. “It is time to evolve beyond the macho jerk ideal, all spine and no heart”, writes Deida. “It is also time to evolve beyond the sensitive and caring wimp ideal, all heart and no spine.”

Including a new preface written in celebration of the book’s 20th anniversary, The Way of the Superior Man presents the next generation of with the opportunity to grapple with fear, cultivate trust in the moment, and put forth the best versions of themselves in an ever-changing world.

Read by Cecil Archbold.

©2017 David Deida (P)2018 Sounds True

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Good Foundation

This book contains great principles and is quite practical. there is a lot more spirituality than I wanted, though.
Purpose and direction are key. If you're lacking one of the two, stop everything and find it.

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Corey Wayne connected me to this

True tempered Masculinity is a life of learning that I get more excited about each time I come across ideas like these in this book

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the best kind of advice for men in today's world

listening through this audiobook has transformed my relationship in the best of ways. if you are not sure about listening to it, all I can say is you owe it to yourself to give it a chance. while the choice of words and seen a little over the top, the underlying message and thinking is a breath of fresh air and a tome of wisdom

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Depite thoughtful intro, Hasn’t aged well

Full of generalizations and stereotypes, this book was not for me, it is for a lazy man on a couch with a beer in front of a TV in 1982. The insights are few and the hilarious mystical banter is too much. I’d like be a superior man. This book did not help me on my way.

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great book

this is a great book to further understand your role as a masculine in a relationship. this book was referred to by Corey Wayne in his book and see how the two go hand in hand.

a quick listen but one packed with great insight and knowledge.

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just wow.

You need to be more grounded? listen to this masterpiece. It helped me alot to understand and rediscover my role as a male.

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  • Sophia Juarez
  • 2019-03-11

Too much goodness to verbalize

loved everything. I couldn't stop listening. Helped me understand mechanisms within myself and within my partner. showed me how to straighten a few things out. the book really shed light on the polarization aspect of a relationship and the necessity of union through difference and individualization. highly recommend. make your life better - apply the wisdom in these pages.

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  • kayleighwllms511
  • 2019-02-10

A woman’s thoughts

Even as a woman “sourced within her feminine” , I have found this book having a profound impact on my life and quote it’s author frequently when talking to both my male and female friends. It’s insights are poignant, immensely perceptive, and rooted in realism while maintaining an uplifting and inspiring tone. I share it’s views with my parents who have been married for over 35 years, to my friends struggling to find confidence in new careers and maintaining or starting new relationships. Between this book and it’s teaching sessions which I have also listened to multiple times as well, I have recommended it’s pages and continue to address its views to a very diverse collection of people.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-05

Superior man's handbook

The "Spiritual Guide" part got me sceptical about the content quality of the book. However, make no mistake this book is essential to (almost) every single man.

I mostly read the science-based books, however, this one has profoundly changed my personal life as well as the relation with my wife.

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  • M. Flory
  • 2019-04-05

Good but redundant

A bit redundant, but a good boost if you lose your way in relationships or career.

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  • That's Matt 2 U
  • 2019-01-21

somebody finally turned on the light.

I finally understand the problem that I have had with relationships with the opposite sex. It is myself. As I listen to this book, I evaluated the different scenarios from my recent relationship. I take 100% ownership in the disconnections that I had. Did you catch the word, "had"?

I also have a better understanding for the position that I have in my life, a better understanding of the feelings of discontentment, and disappointment, in my is as opposed to where it should be, and a better understanding as to why it is that my career has morphed from where it started to where it is now.

I will make this book a continual study. I can see how it's going to change and sculpt my life in so many different areas in so many different ways.

The recording quality dropped dramatically halfway through the book. Seems like it was recorded in two different settings and the second half was a little bit difficult for my aging ears.

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  • Bakes
  • 2018-12-12

Everyman should read this book and I mean that every man

At the start it’s a little slow to get going and a little hum drum and then all the sudden for me to book a weekend taught me more about how I need to conduct myself with my woman in my inner thoughts into doing an outer doing how to react to a woman’s challenge because they always challenge and will forever challenge us as men to be who we are born to be this is one of the best books I’ve ever read for personal Development inner and outer it’s a must read gentleman don’t be a pussy. Read the book learn what you’re doing wrong or what you’re doing right and become better for it this book will get you there this book is very honest very to the point and once again I must read man up and do this for yourself and your woman

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  • Vashist Reddy
  • 2018-12-08

a book to reclaim your masculinity!

I love this audible. I was listening to it at a time when my own life was at a junction. if you are a man, the insights you will find in this book are indeed phenomenal. I believe the author must have indeed been enlightened to write a book so intuitive to the masculine cause. I am personally blessed to have come across this book and the audible. I could understand myself better now and the dynamic I have with my wife in our relationship. Give this book or the audible a try. it will surely upgrade your perception of life and you can be a better man and a better human being if you are able to put into practice all or mist of the suggestions given. at the end of the day, it always better to be a superior man!

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  • Prometheus-on-fire
  • 2018-12-12

unashamed, ancient wisdom of yin/yang energies

In a world where much of pop culture is trying to homogenize men and women, and we are reaching record levels of depression, dissatisfaction in life, and relationships, this book is filled with powerful knowledge that can change your life for the better. It is unashamedly open about the yin/yang polarity of the universe, and the driving forces of divine masculine and feminine.
It uses wisdom of tantra, yoga, and other ancient sources of wisdom that celebrate the essence of masculinity and femininity.
If you think people need to stop using age old expressions like "man up", then your feelings will probably get hurt by this book. If you want to learn the true essence of that expression, how to become a fully realized masculine person, and become powerfully attractive to the feminine, then buy this book.
If you want to understand why many men become angry, frustrated, and continue to be temperamental little boys in mens bodies, then read this book.
The masculine essence must not be repressed, punished, or in any way attempt to be conditioned out of us. Those with a masculine essence cannot be nurtured and fulfilled the way a feminine essence is. That only leads to countless imbalances and unhappiness for everyone. It must be understood, properly directed, and cultivated. This book has changed my life.

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  • Uki Dominque Lucas
  • 2019-04-05

Spreading "Ocean of love" idea

Valuable if you are a man that is into yoga and spreading "ocean of love" ideas. The pink psychodelic shrink-wrap with a yogic bent, might be a bit too much for a man who tries to find his way between utter and unnatural domestication and the deep urge to rough it out in the great outdoors.

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  • Pete Bronkie
  • 2019-02-28

DO IT!!!

I wish I would’ve know this when I was in my relationship. Do the work guys. If you have or not have a woman, it’s time time start listening and doing the work. AWESOME!!!!

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