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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial (30 Sept. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060921013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060921019
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the few truly original thinkers in psychology today. His archetypal psychology transcends more traditional psychology, blending myth, language, and imagination in psychotherapy.""--Los Angeles Times""Rich and provocative....Mr. Hillman has an exciting, difficult, deeply cultured mind, one that ranges easily from the arcana of alchemy to the discomforts of a busride.""--New York Times Book Review"

About the Author

The pioneering imaginative psychology of James Hillman that soon will span five decades 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 Yale, Princeton, Chicago, and Syracuse Universities, and his books have been translated into some twenty languages. The American public showed its appreciation of his approach to psychology by placing his book, The Soul's Code, at the top of the bestseller list of serious works of nonfiction. Of his many books, Spring
Publications has published Anima, Loose Ends, Archetypal Psychology:

A Brief Account, Pan and the Nightmare, Suicide and the Soul,

Insearch, Oedipus Variations (with Karl Kerenyi), The Thought of the

Heart and the Soul of the World, Inter Views, and Lectures on Jung's

Typology (with Marie-Louise von Franz). He lives in Connecticut.

Thomas Moore was a monk in a Catholic religious order for twelve years and has degrees in theology, musicology, and philosophy. A former professor of psychology, he is the author of Care of the Soul, Soul Mates, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life, The Education of the Heart, The Soul of Sex, and Original Self. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children.


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By A Customer on 16 Feb. 2002
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If you are wondering what is meant by the word soul, this book will help you. According to the introduction by Thomas Moore, James Hillman is "an artist of psychology", that is, he regards the psyche as fundamentally poetic. Hillman reccomends that we pay attention to inner images and is able to show how they relate to the symbols found in different cultures. The distinction between soul and spirit, which most people do not seem to make, is clarified in terms of images. Spirit is sulphuric and up in the peaks, soul is salty and down in the valleys.
There is some more practical wisdom here too, I have found the essay on betrayal particularly helpful. I found this book to be a challenge, both to my understanding and to my assumptions.
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This book can be consumed as a full course meal. For example, read a chapter like "The Salt of Soul, the Sulfur of Spirit," and there is enough material to feel full for several hours as you digest the many metaphors, and delicious word play. For a snack, Hillman provides "Recipes", little snippets to be consumed in the morning or before going to bed.If consumed before bed, one's dreams may be seeded by an ever-expanding Hillman metaphor. Bon Appetit.
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Just enjoyed gently nourishing myself with this a few pages each night. What I understood of it delighted the heck out of me.
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