Emotion: A Comprehensive Phenomenology of Theories and Their Meanings for Therapy / Edition 1

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Overview


What is the meaning of strong emotions? What is emotion itself? What is really happening in therapy when people "express their emotions?"

As James Hillman writes in his new preface to this sweeping study, he intends nothing less than "to vitalize a standard topic of academic psychology by making the theory of emotion as crucial as is emotion itself in our lives." Hillman offers an informative and readable survey of a range of theories of emotion, focusing on the twentieth century but moving also from Greek thought to early Christianity to nineteenth-century German physiology. The work challenges readers to rethink our concepts and thereby to re-experience emotional phenomena.

Hillman's study contributes to today's renewed interest in the history of the body. Furthermore, his understanding of emotions in terms of epiphany makes a stimulating contribution to phenomenology. It is equally thought-provoking for the therapist, the philosopher, the intellectual historian, and the general reader.

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Originally published in 1960 (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul). Jungian scholar Hillman surveys ancient and modern reflection on human emotion and then reunites the insights he has discovered into an integrated understanding of emotion. With an important new preface (8 pp.) by Hillman. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810110205
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 1,409,667
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


James Hillman is a psychologist, scholar, international lecturer, pioneer psychologist, and the author of more than twenty books, including The Soul's Code, Re-Visioning Psychology, Healing Fiction, The Dream and the Underworld, Inter Views, and Suicide and the Soul.   A Jungian analyst and originator of post-Jungian "archetypal psychology, " he has held teaching positions at Yale University, the University of Chicago, Syracuse University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Dallas, where he cofounded the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. After thirty years of residence in Europe, he now lives in Connecticut.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 Introduction
A The Problem 3
B The Method 9
C The Scope and Plan 22
Bibliographical Note to Part I 24
Pt. II Differentiation
Preliminary 29
I The Various Denials 32
II Emotion as a Distinct Entity 38
III Emotion as an Accompaniment 45
IV Emotion and Isomorphism 48
V Emotion and the Unconscious 54
VI Emotion as Energy 66
VII Emotion as Quantity 81
VIII Emotion as Totality 87
IX Emotion and Psychological Location 90
X Emotion and Physiological Location 100
A The Brain 100
B The Blood, Gut and Glands 115
C The Muscles 126
XI Emotion and Situation 135
XII Emotion and the Subject-Object Relation 144
XIII Emotion and Genesis 154
XIV Emotion and Representations 166
XV Emotion as Signification 185
XVI Emotion as Conflict 201
XVII Emotion as Disorder 207
XVIII Emotion as Creative Organization 217
XIX Addenda on Emotion and Spirit 231
Pt. III Integration
A Preliminary 243
B The Concept of 'Cause' 249
C Causa Efficiens 250
D Causa Materialis 258
E Causa Formalis 266
F Causa Finalis 276
G Coda 286
Abbreviations 290
General Bibliographical Index 291
Subject Index 313
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