Jean Shinoda Bolen

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Jean Shinoda Bolen
BornJean Shinoda Edit this on Wikidata
29 June 1936 Edit this on Wikidata (age 86)
Los Angeles Edit this on Wikidata
EducationDoctor of Medicine Edit this on Wikidata
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FieldsAnalytical psychology, psychiatry, psychology edit this on wikidata

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and author. Bolen has written several books on the archetypal psychology of women and men in the development of spirituality,[1] and is one of the women featured in the 1986 film Women – for America, for the World (Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject)) and 1989 National Film Board of Canada documentary Goddess Remembered. Bolen also co-founded (with former husband James Bolen) Psychic magazine in 1969 (renamed New Realities in 1977) covering parapsychology and mind-body-spiritual subjects.[2] Her mother (Megumi Yamaguchi) and aunt (Fumiko Yamaguchi) were both physicians, as were two uncles and her maternal grandfather.[3]

Ken Wilber, in his book Sex, Ecology, and Spirituality expresses his appreciation for Bolen's two books Goddesses in Everywoman, and Gods in Everyman for its "wonderful presentation of all the 'archetypal' gods and goddesses that are collectively inherited by men and women..."

Bolen was a keynote speaker at the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah.[4]


  • The Tao of Psychology: Synchronicity and the Self, (1979, 1982) ed., ISBN 978-0-06-250081-6
  • Goddesses in Everywoman: A New Psychology of Women (1984)[5][6]
  • Gods in Everyman: A New Psychology of Men's Lives and Loves, (1989)
  • The Ring of Power: Symbols and Themes in Wagner's Ring Cycle and in Us, (1992)
  • Crossing to Avalon: A Woman's Midlife Pilgrimage (1994)
  • Close to the Bone: Life-Threatening Illness and the Search for Meaning, (1996)
  • The Millionth Circle: How to Change Ourselves and the World, (1999)
  • Goddesses in Older Women: Archetypes in Women over Fifty, (2001)
  • Crones Don't Whine, (2003) ISBN 1-57324-912-2
  • Urgent Message from Mother: Gather the Women, Save the World, (2005). 2nd ed. (2008) ISBN 978-1-57324-353-7
  • Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet, (2011) ISBN 978-1-57324-488-6
  • Moving Toward the Millionth Circle: Energizing the Global Women's Movement, (2013) ISBN 978-1-57324-628-6
  • Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, (2014) ISBN 978-1-57324-591-3


  1. ^ Entering the Crone Age, interview by Wendy Schuman Beliefnet. Accessed 2009-11-15
  2. ^ New Realities. Occultism & Parapsychology Encyclopedia. Accessed 2009-11-15.
  3. ^ "Megumi Yamaguchi Shinoda M.D. Obituary". Los Angeles Times. May 8, 2007. Retrieved 2021-11-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Salt Lake 2015 Parliament". Retrieved 2020-03-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Tucker, Christina (2 June 2021). "Summoning the goddesses of self-help - The Boston Globe". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  6. ^ Whitehead, Kate (2018-01-26). "Five books vegetarian chef Peggy Chan would read on a desert island". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 10 June 2021.

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