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

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"I wake in the night and the emotions are there. I am afraid of the future, alone. I am tormented by my incapacity to meet what is expected of me. It would be easier just to be dead." What is the meaning of such 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." The central part of the book offers an informative and readable survey of a range of theories of emotion. Although Hillman focuses on the twentieth century, he moves with ease from Greek thought to early Christianity to nineteenth-century German physiology. Hillman's "phenomenology of theories" uncovers the intellectual heritage that underlies the concepts used by therapists today. Whenever we conceive of emotion in terms of equilibrium and disturbance, tension and release, or conflict and resolution, we are taking part in complex traditions which for the most part remain unspoken or misunderstood. Hillman's work challenges us to rethink our concepts and thereby to re-experience emotional phenomena. Hillman reunites the insights he has discovered into an integrated understanding of emotion. Drawing fruitfully on Aristotle and Jung, he describes emotion as a bodily condition, as a process that is intrinsically directed toward a beneficial transformation, and as the result of symbolic stimulus. Eschewing all reductionism, Hillman creates a powerful approach to a problem that ultimately "remains perennial and its solution ineffable." This learned study from a versatile psychologist and analyst 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. This book is equally thought-provoking for the therapi
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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
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

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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