The Heroic and Exceptional Minority
A Guide to Mythological Self-Awareness and Growth
by Gregory Diehl
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Pub Date 31 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 18 Apr 2022
Many people struggle throughout their lives, unable to identify the source of great inner existential discontent. No matter their material comfort or good fortune, they cannot escape the idea that they do not live the lives they ought to. They are not in environments that support their deepest personal growth and development. They are not the people they feel they are meant to be, and the world never works the way they know it could.
Every day, exceptional minds like these begin to suspect that the way they operate is different than the norm. They realize early on that they have profound capacities for original insight, feeling, action, choice, and meaning. But without mentoring guidance or a sense of social belonging, they feel lost—alone and alienated in their individuality.
What can we do to better understand the hidden parts of ourselves, to prevent our uncommon personal growth and development from becoming bridled by pressures toward the conventional? How can we learn to identify and embody the heroic values that matter most to us? The answer lies in deep personal inquiry about the shared existential strengths and limitations that define us, including how to apply them to our self-improvement in an incompatible world.
The Heroic and Exceptional Minority is an audacious call to self-development for men, women, and teens plagued by mythological doubt, who feel stuck in a mediocre environment and an unheroic era. Its premise is timeless, clear, and simple: The only way to understand oneself, realize our potential, and change the world for the better is to embrace who and what we really are.
"Gregory handles the topic without condescension for people who don't fit the type, but deep insight into the souls of those who do."
"The book is both fast-paced and comprehensive, discussing advanced psychological insight while staying accessible with detailed examples from pop culture."
"Although adults will find a lot to reflect on as well as exercises to push them to their full potential, my hope is that this book finds its way into the hands of teenagers. If 'The Heroic and Exceptional Minority' can reach just one 'self-aware' teen who may have otherwise never learned to wield their unique insight, Gregory will have achieved something incredible."
"He shows how becoming an outcast, pariah, someone that doesn't fit in society or just has trouble adapting owns a unique opportunity. That opportunity is the discovery not only of new outside things that can be brought back to the tribe but also one's true strengths."
"This book captivated me right from the beginning. Diehl's does a wonderful job explaining the mindset and differences between this minority group of people who 'just get it' or fit into a certain mould - without being disrespectful towards anyone particular type of person."