(1926- ) is considered to be one of the most original
psychologists of the 20th century. Trained
at the Jung Institute in Zurich, he developed his own unique
field, known as Archetypal Psychology.
Hillman's Archetypal Psychology is inspired by Carl Jung, yet
Hillman, in the spirit of Jung himself, moves beyond it.
|Hillman tells us
to focus on the fundamental patterns of animation best
found in the myths of
our tribes. Look for them at your next
Jung’s psychology focused on the Self, its dynamics and its
constellations (ego, anima, animus, shadow), Hillman’s
archetypal psychology relativizes and deliteralizes the ego and
focuses on the psyche, or soul, itself and the archai,
the deepest patterns of psychic functioning, “the fundamental
fantasies that animate all life. Archetypal psychology is a
polytheistic psychology, in that it attempts to recognize the
myriad fantasies and myths- gods, goddesses, demigods, mortals
and animals- that shape and are shaped by our psychological
lives. The ego is but one psychological fantasy within an
assemblage of fantasies.
"Therapy, or analysis, is not only something
that analysts do to patients; it is a process that goes on
intermittently in our individual soul-searching, our
attempts at understanding our complexities, the critical
attacks, prescriptions, and encouragements we give
ourselves. We are all in therapy all the time insofar as we
are involved in soul-making."
- James Hillman,
Hillman's pioneering archetypal psychology spans five
decades. It has entered cultural history, affecting lives and
minds in a wide range of fields. For the creativity of his
thinking, the originator of Archetypal Psychology and
author of A Terrible Love of War, The Soul’s Code, and
The Force of Character has received many honors, including
the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic. He has held
distinguished lectureships at the Universities of Yale,
Princeton, Chicago, and Syracuse, and his books have been
translated into some twenty languages.
Hillman is a prolific writer
and international lecturer as well as a private practitioner.
James Hillman credits
investigation into hysteria with the birth of psychoanalysis
itself (Myth of Analysis 258). Discerning that archetypal
energy of hysteria as Dionysian, Hillman builds a whole theory
of archetypal psychology based on the relationship of mythology
is the speculum of the psychological, its reflection
beyond the personal. Myth provides the objective
aspect for the subjective meanings in psychic
events. Without myth it would all be me, personally
narrowed to the history of a case. Myth stands back
of psyche, acting as a foil for objective
The iconoclastic author of many books which
challenge psychotherapy, Hillman is best known to the general public as author of the
The Soul's Code : In Search of
Character and Calling
that human beings are born with a daimon - an encoded
destiny. outlines what he calls the acorn theory of the soul.
This theory states that each individual holds the potential for
their unique possibilites inside themselves already, much as an
acorn holds the pattern for an oak, invisible within itself. It
argues against the parental fallacy whereby our parents are seen
as crucial in determining who we are by supplying us with
genetic material and behavioral patterns. Instead the book
suggests for a reconnection with what is invisible within us,
our daimon or soul or acorn and its calling to the wider world
of nature. It argues against theories which attempt to map life
into phases, suggesting that this is counter-productive and
makes people feel like they are failing to live up to what is
normal. This in turn produces a truncated, normalized society of
soulless mediocrity where evil is not allowed but injustice is
everywhere—a society that cannot tolerate eccentricity or the
further reaches of life experiences but sees them as illnesses
to be medicated out of existence.
Within Hillman's intellectual realm of archetypal psychology, his
contributions to insight and learning are generally considered second only to C. J.
Jung himself. He
lives in Connecticut.
as an activity of the Analytical Psychology Club of New York
during the Second World War,
bringing the ideas of C. G. Jung
into American translations, first publishing Emma Jung’s classic
essay, Animus and Anima (still in print) in 1955. In 1970
James Hillman assumed director of the publications from its
long-time former editor, Jane Abbot Pratt. Spring moved from
Zurich to Dallas, Texas in 1978 and became an independent
corporation with offices in the Dallas Institute of Humanities
and Culture. In 1984 editorial activities moved to Eastern
Connecticut: Pomfret, Storrs, Thompson, Woodstock, and now
Putnam, with offices above the historic Bradley Playhouse.
Our logo (the ram and the goat) symbolizes the focus of the
press. The ram’s forward push and the goat’s backward look
recall a Renaissance idea: that one best moves forward by
looking back to history and tradition. The animals are poised
over a watery, reed-rimmed pool, emblems of reflection and the
soul—a major theme in many Spring books.
Since the early 1940s, we have been publishing psychological
ideas branching out and blurring the lines between art,
philosophy, the history of ideas, psychiatry, mythology,
literature, and religion.
Our well-designed and faithfully-edited books include works by
Karl Kerényi, Mircea Eliade, Gershom Scholem, Joseph Campbell,
Henry Corbin, Edward S. Casey, Klaus Ottmann, Howard McConeghy,
and Charles Boer in the area of classics, philosophy, art,
religion, and myth; Marie-Louise von Franz, Murray Stein, Mary
Watkins, Adolf Guggenbühl-Craig, and Alfred Ziegler on depth
psychology; Ginette Paris, Thomas Moore, John Allan, Nor Hall,
Gaston Bachelard, Richard Tarnas, Deldon McNeely, John Haule on
archetypal psychology; Michael Ventura, George Boas, Hayao
Kawai, Seldon Rodman, and Luis Nunez on current culture.
Of his many books, Spring Publications has published ten
James Hillman books
including Pan and the Nightmare, Oedipus Variations (with Karl Kerényi), and Lectures on Jung’s Typology
(with Marie-Louise von Franz).
Reaching back to the classic
works from Greece, Rome, and the Italian Renaissance,
replenishing the modern mind with books on the nature of
religion, art, philosophy, ritual, initiation, and the cult of
soul. The soul in the practice of psychotherapy is one of their
mainstays: therapy in childhood, midlife and as we age; in the
various symptoms of eros, of psychopathologies and diseases; and
the therapy of therapy itself.
|has chosen Pacifica as
the repository for his papers. Dr. Hillman is a leading
scholar in Jungian and Post-Jungian thought and an
imaginative clinician and teacher closely associated
with Pacifica's programs
by Luis Manuel Núñez
For his new book, an elegantly clear and
authoritative study of Santeria mythology, Luis M. Núñez,
the author of Santeria: A Practical Guide to
Afro-Caribbean Magic, collected the ancient stories
told in Santeria, a widely practiced religion resulting
from the syncretism of Catholicism and African religion.
These stories, which speak about the actions and
conflicts of the divine ancestors of the Yoruba slaves
of Nigeria have been retold for centuries by native-born
Africans and their Cuban-born descendents during their
sacred and secular dances, carnivals, and festivals
throughout the Spanish and Portuguese colonies.
200 pages approx.
Paperback original, $22 (0-88214-567-3)
AVAILABLE IN MAY 2006
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