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Healing Fiction

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In this work, Hillman's main deconstruction of therapy, he asks "What does the soul want?" and answers "Fictions that heal". By examining the three Great Originators of depth psychology--Freud, Jung, and Adler--this book looks again at what is really meant by "case history", "active imagination", and "inferiority feelings".
Paperback, 152 pages
Published May 15th 1998 by Spring
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Bill Bridges
A foundational book for Archetypal Psychology. In exploring the question "What does the soul want?", Hillman demonstrates that it wants fictions as therapy. Fantasies heal.

Especially interesting is Hillman's examination of the psychologies of Freud, Jung, and Adler -- their fictions. Even the "case history", that bastion of objective account, is a genre of writing, complete with its own tropes. It is a form of detective story, which we literalize as completely factual.

Using Adler's thought, Hil
Gregory Boyce
If your work, or play, involves any degree of depth psychology (and you CBTers would probably enjoy this too) I highly recommend this book. We humans are meaning-making beings. We make meaning out of practically everything around us. Peruvian Shamans would call this a Jaquar level of perception. Hillman endorses the idea that our lives are significantly influenced by the 'stories' we tell ourselves about our lives. Like the Transactional Analysis notion of 'scripts', Hillman says that any dysfun ...more
Fascinating read! Hillman's book contains three parts primarily addressing Freud, Jung, and Adler.
I think I was most fascinated by the first section because it contained a concept new for me. Though I've got a good handle on Freud himself, Hillman takes us specifically into examining case history and what Freud brought to it. Ultimately, case history itself serves as a type fiction: the person telling the story of their experience(s) is presenting a fiction, their interpretation and memory of t
I looked this book up because I want to re-read it - loved it in my twenties and am curious to see what I think twenty some years later.
For as much ado as I've always heard about Hillman and his works, this was not a very impressive introduction. I'll be honest, the active imagination dialogues between patients and their animas was interesting....I guess it was all fairly interesting. But it had no umph. Nothing really making me love Hillman for his contribution, or wanting to return to him anytime soon. Any other reccomendations from Hillman fans, cause I'm not one just yet?
Love, love, LOVE this book! LOVE Hillman! He looks at Adlerian psychology versus Freud and, mostly, Jung.
I'm too bored with this book to finish it.
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James Hillman was an American psychologist. He served in the US Navy Hospital Corps from 1944 to 1946, after which he attended the Sorbonne in Paris, studying English Literature, and Trinity College, Dublin, graduating with a degree in mental and moral science in 1950.
In 1959, he received his PhD from the University of Zurich, as well as his analyst's diploma from the C.G. Jung Institute and foun
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