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The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Platonic idealism and the psyche

    There are 4 basic world hypotheses that underlie our scientific models, including pdychology. We are all familiar with the mechsnistic model, which manifests as behavioral and cogbitive-bdhaviorl theorypies; the organismic model, which is reflected in the stage theories of development, such as Freud and Piaget, and: the contextualist models, such as Harry Stack Sullivan. The fourth model, which is based on the Platonic theory of ideal images, is represented only in the theory of the archetypes of C. G. Jung and the subsequent Archetypal Psychology of James Hillman. Jsmes formulation is as valid scientifically as any of the others, but is not taken seriously by the mechanistic theorists predominating in American psychology, largely due to a tendency to be unable to extricate themselves from the fundamentalist faith in embracing their favored world view. Hillman, standing outside of he currently prevailing zeitgeist of the cognitive-behavioral mythos, provides a very lucid expoosition of an alternative framework that places the immediacy of our felt experience, squarely at the center of the psychology of the soul. Based on the Platonic theory of the ideal image, Hillman's Archetypal Psychology brings meaning back into the practice of psychology, and offers a view of the lsndscape of the soul, revealing the depths of our experience as living beings in a living world. His work offers us an antidote to the flat, horizontal world of behavioral psychology by opening perception to the vertical dimension of the upper and lower worlds of our being that we so desperately need to see and integrate into our individual and collective lives so as to bring healing into contemporary society. You will find Hillman's work offers true sustenance for your hungry soul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2004

    Destiny as a Daimon?

    As I read Hillman's theory of 'the acorn' the more it seemed to me that it sounded like the old fashioned concept of 'destiny' or 'calling.' Sometimes i thought he was indulging in more than a bit of creative fantasy--pushing his cases history to their 'imaginal' limits. I did not get anything out of it, went back to my beloved and much read 'Puer Papers.' Late Hillman is not as impressive as early Hillman.

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