Male Initiation and the Vietnam Experience
by Daryl S. Paulson, Ph.D.
Foreword by Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
Preface by Michael Washburn, Ph.D.
Paraview Special Editions, 2005
Psychology, 84 pages
Trade paperback, $9.95
ABOUT THE BOOK
Many Vietnam veterans struggled upon returning to the United
States. They wrestled with the psychic trauma of the war and felt isolated and
out of place, rejected by their country. Author Daryl Paulson, a Vietnam vet,
experienced the same feelings of displacement and despair. But he eventually
understood that the Vietnam experience was an initiatory one, complete with a
call to adventure, an initiation, and a return home with a new identity as a
hero, a veteran. In Walking the Point, Paulsonís healing journey provides
a wise example for veterans of Vietnam and other wars, as well as their loved
"Paulson provides counsel that is practical, sensible, and liberating. This book
was written by someone who has been there and has returned, someone who has been
wounded and has healed, someone who has 'walked the point' and has come back to
complete his mythic journey."
-- from the foreword by Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
"This powerful book draws poignant lessons from war and applies them to the
complex processes of male 'initiation.' It could save some readersí lives."
-- Tom Greening, Ph.D., editor, Journal of Humanistic Psychology
"America has much to learn from the traditions of initiation.... Paulson's
insights are a valuable contribution to that end."
-- Jonathan Young, Ph.D., professor, Pacifica Graduate Institute
DARYL S. PAULSON, Ph.D., is the president and CEO of
BioScience Laboratories, Inc., a
medical/pharmaceutical product research firm. Paulson served in
the U.S. Marine Corps and was awarded the Navy Commendation
Medal with the Combat V for Valor, the Vietnamese Cross of
Gallantry, and the Combat Action Award. He is the author of six
other books, including
Business, Caring Business.