Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries investigates human inclination to hunt in new book

Hunter, academic, author analyzes hunting through art, literature, personal experience in ‘Talking to the Shaman Within’

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The hunting instinct is hardwired into the human psyche and, for all our sophistication and urbanization, it exerts a powerful influence over the way we conduct our lives even to this day.

PARIS (PRWEB) September 02, 2014

Author Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries thoroughly investigates the instinct that lies beneath the urge to hunt while trying to reveal something basic and fundamental about human behavior in his newest book, “Talking to the Shaman Within: Musings on Hunting” (published by iUniverse).

“The hunting instinct is hardwired into the human psyche and, for all our sophistication and urbanization, it exerts a powerful influence over the way we conduct our lives even to this day,” Kets de Vries says. “In this book, I try to use my psychoanalytical skills to explore why I hunt. I believe no author on this subject has delved so deeply into the psychology that drives modern humans to hunt wild animals.”

Kets De Vries unites a dispassionate academic hypothesis with an engaging and colorful narrative into which he has woven stories from his own life, as both an academic and a hunter, in an attempt to present a more balanced view of the heritage and value of hunting. Drawing on depictions of hunting in art and literature throughout the ages, Kets de Vries explores changing trends in human social norms as they pertain to society today.

“While the modern city dweller has cut off ties to nature, this past does not really go away but rather, lies buried in one’s self,” Kets de Vries says. “Moreover, in today’s society, where people are starting to feel the strains of urban living, and with the increasing concern over climate change and sustainable development, there is increasing consciousness and movement back to nature.”

Talking to the Shaman Within
By Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 436 pages | ISBN 9781491730355
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 436 pages | ISBN 9781491730348
E-Book | 436 pages | ISBN 9781491731512
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries has worked in more than 40 countries as an educator and consultant on organizational design and transformation and strategic human resource management. He is the distinguished professor of leadership development and organizational change at INSEAD, one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, and has held professorships at McGill University, the École des Hautes Études Commerciales, Montreal, and the Harvard Business School. Additionally, he is the author, coauthor or editor of more than 40 books.

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