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  • Hardcover: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Spring Publications,U.S.; UNIFORM ed edition (31 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882145819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882145815
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.9 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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By Graham Mummery TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Feb. 2014
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James Hillman is probably the most significant thinker to have emerged from the Jungian tradition. In some ways, perhaps, he even transcended it, to form his own version called archetypal psychology, though like Jung he also refused to endorse a "school" of psychology as such.

The current volume contains a number of essays on the matter of the puer aeternis which is literally the eternal boy, though Hillman expressly states this archetype is one that can affect women, so I will refer to it as child in this review. Marie-Louise von Franz, another major thinker in the Jungian tradition, has also written a significant volume on this matter (The Problem of the Puer Aeternus (Studies in Jungian psychology by Jungian analysts)) which is also sometimes also known a "Peter Pan" syndrome, the problem of people who are unable to grow up.

Hillman however has another take on this. The child is not so much a problem as a solution. The child who experiments and expands boundaries for us. In a later essay he points out one perhaps should not look at such a child in relation to the mother and how it suckles. More important is the milk it takes to transform itself into life. However, he also suggests just as important as the child is another figure who it has to be seen in relation to, the senex, or the elder. The senex is the holder of limits, conventions, the one that has experienced woundings and who may be advising caution to the child as it knows that death is also a possibility. It is therefore the relationship between these two images that are important to consider.

The essays in this volume centre around the interactions of these two figures.
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James Hillman is one of the formost Jungiansand here he is covering the final sfages of life.
It is not an easy read but with true grit a great deal of Hillman's lifetimes experience rubs off with full ful maturity.
It is worth a hundred self help books but as I say it ain't an easy book to read and he also covers gender psycholgical growth of Anima and Animus into the fully grown old person that has hopefully developed into a mature wise elder of the comunity.
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Hillman's book "Senex & Puer" introduces a new archetype, namely the senex-puer. As usual, he has no facts to build on, neither dreams nor clinical examples, or the ideas of other authors. It is a theoretical edifice erected upon the clouds, in typical puer style. Hillman rejects scientific notions such as "facts". Nor does he regard it necessary to build on the bedrock of older theories.

He says that the senex is the "root of ego-formation", creating the archetypal ground of the ego, which is the "senex-et-puer". Whereas positive attitudes and behavior reflect its unity, negative attitudes arise from the splitting of this archetype into two archetypes, namely senex and puer.

Thus, maintaining the unity of the archetype is equal to maintaining the wholeness of the ego, because senex-puer is constitutive of the ego. Unity is preserved by short-cutting the ego by means of an endless monologue, or rather, dialogue between the constituent parts of the archetype:

"In answering one's own question one is puer-et-senex. In questioning one's own answer one is senex-et-puer. The two faces turned towards each other in dialogue. This unending dialogue with oneself and between oneself and the world is that which holds one in meaning [...] Any solution originating from the usual mind would be one-sided; it would be a solution imposed by either the senex or puer components of the ego. Thus the ego must first undergo an archetypal therapy of its split root" (Kindle loc. 1001-1028).

After having thus replaced traditional psychological theory with an edifice predicated on his own neurotic constitution, he goes on to repudiate "the psychologist's maxim of integrating the shadow.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hillman on Fathers, Sons, and Divine Spirits 20 Sept. 2007
By Robert William DeMarco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
James Hillman is a brilliant author of profound originality. His development of the psychology of Carl Jung is faithful to the deepest, most important insights of Jung's own work and yet transforms it in a way that embodies Hillman's own creative genius and is perfectly reflected in the style of his thinking and writing. It is good to have these important essays and articles on the archetypes of the puer aeternus and the senex together in one place. This volume is essential reading for anyone seriously interested in the depth psychology of masculine development & its diverse pathways. These contributions seem to me remarkable--full of dazzling new insights into these themes and patterns of experience that has radically altered our understanding of them--in a rich, evocative, yet fragmentary, and unfinished way that is entirely in harmony with his subject matter. If I am right in seeing the puer archetype as crucial for an understanding of Jesus of Nazareth, the groundbreaking reflections of Hillman on this theme have implications for our understanding of the Christian religion, its history, and its impact on the whole of Western culture.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It furthers one to read the Great Man 11 May 2012
By Jane Chan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Hillman's turf was soul. His signature brilliance was to congeal Jungian archetypes into intellectual precision. Robert Musil "Precision and Soul": "We do not have too much intellect and too little soul, but too little precision in matters of the soul."

Hillman's essay, "Senex and Puer: An Aspect of the Historical and Psychological Present" written at the peak of his powers, seems to me the most profound and intellectually rigorous essay ever. Hillman's Puer impulse was iconoclastic. But the rigor of his Senex generated genius. On my third reading of the essay (a smudgy photocopy given to me in 1978), doors of insight into vast inner realities swung opened into segments of clear seeing. Great Father, the driving force of my lifelong compulsive all-consuming dark existential mandate, emerged into awareness. WOW moments. Buddhists know it as Prajna. Hillman's companion essay on Great Mother and Her Son the Hero is almost as profound.
"The taming power of the Small..... It furthers one to see the Great Man".
For the exacting precision of your powers of discrimination:
Thank you, James Hillman.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars this book is amazing 8 April 2007
By Ian Mccormack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
senex and puer is an amazing book if you like hillman. it talks about the eternal child in a way that was very important to me at this time in my life.

in response to mr. ipp's comments about how hillman is satan (or maybe he used the word guru) and the jungians are a "cult", i would like to say that maybe you should look behind the big intellectual words you used and see how much hatred is within. i don't think your rationality or mind structures saved you from feeling that hatred; it only increased it. i agree that archetypal psychology isn't for everyone but either is the wonderful rational science you speak of that will save all of us from "disorders". the world is chaos, my friend, good and evil, light and dark are one - some of us actually want to face our "darkness" because it produces more love and acceptance of this mysterious universe. maybe for yourself you should stick to reading cognitive-behavioral psychology books and you'll feel more comfortable. but please don't judge a book by it's cover. the book of jungian psychology may have the cover of evil, but for some of us who can look deeply enough we see that the contents actually produce more love and goodness. the book of modern rational western psychology may have the cover of good with positive messages, new drugs to cure merely physical disorders, and hope - but look deeply within its contents and you can find a more insidious evil of numbed souls and repressed fear. and when you're a devil's advocate like myself and realize that both of the books can be looked at vice versa, that's when you realize that good/evil is not in the objects but in yourself. when you look at it in yourself, you gain power over it and naturally want to spread more good and love because it gives back more. but some choose to see the good/evil only outside of themselves and therefore are subject to having to live with hatred that is not in their control. archetypal psychology is not evil, mr. ipp, the evil is within you. rationality will never save you from judgement and judgement will always provide more pain for you.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be standard reading for all academics regardless of discipline 27 July 2012
By Luke Marney - Published on Amazon.com
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I was blown away by the visceral quality of Hillmans writing. His active prose catapults you into a different kind of reflection. One that, by pure change in language, is therapeutic. I read this while getting my PhD in Chemistry and it was sometimes too reflective of the relationship between the student and the graduate advisor. But, so so so helpful in navigating those muddy waters.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read anything by Hillman... 15 Jan. 2012
By Debra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
If you enjoy metaphorical ways of looking at life and especially the mysterious way in which we are all the same, yet different, read anything by Hillman. More than any other writers, he has truly shown me a poetic way of looking at life, which has forever changed the way I see the world and understand myself and others.
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