Only 5 reviews for this book? This was the first Hillman book I read and his best seller. I think it makes a good gateway into the subversive complexity of his ideas. Hillman is not interested in espousing systems but more in exploding ideas with other ideas. This sounds destructive, but it is to Hillman's credit that his use of ideas is nothing if not creative. So the "parental fallacy"that takes on almost an entire arm of psychology and psychotherapy is argued not on the ground of attachment theory and its relative merits, but on the ground of a psychological need to have ideas about character formation that is not based on attachment or genetics. You could see the whole force of the book as pointing in this direction, arguing for seeing one's life as unique based on the evidence of the lives around us. This kind of robust intuitive imaginative approach is going to alienate some, but it does make the book necessary in redressing a balance. It opens up a new room in psychology that had been locked shut. As such, the book is a tour de force, flawed interesting and brilliant, it allows a person to re-imagine themselves without recourse to the hopeless platitudes of self help manuals. His earlier books are better, I would recomend InterViews as a great further introduction.
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