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This groundbreaking classic explores the necessity of connections between our life and soul and developing the main lines of the soul-making process.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 28th 1978 by Harper (first published 1975)
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Aug 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mythology
This book was absolutely fascinating. I'm not sure I've ever seen so much squeezed into 230 pages. I will not even begin to pretend that I can fully understand the full magnitude of this text after one reading. Hillman is doing many things here: revolutionizing how we look at psychology; defining the true meaning and aim of psychology; exemplifying depth psychology; analyzing the history and importance of Greece and the Renaissance; unraveling and dissecting what makes us human; illuminating way ...more
Joli Hamilton
I've now re-read the entire thing more slowly and wound up with forty pages of notes. Hillman has opened a channel between Jungian psychology and the ocean in my opinion. This book is critical reading for anyone interested in depth psychology or soul-making ...more
Apr 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
James Hillman is one of the most brilliant psychologists alive today. This is his classic on, well, revisioning psychology. Reading it was a viscerally psychological experience, kinda like his words actually reached into my brain and moved things around in there. He writes about psychology the way my favorite painters paint about painting; the language and the thing being discussed are one thing together. His subject matter is the restoration of the psyche (the Greek word for soul) back into psy ...more
Paul Johnston
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating and passionate book - a plea for all sorts of unfashionable things: the imagination rather than the mind, pathology rather than normality, psychology rather than medicine/science or theology, polytheistic soul-making rather than humanism. Hillman wants to move away from the heroic ego and dive into the depths of the unconscious. He wants us to move beyond the human/inhuman dichotomy into the world of soul/Psyche where we can grow and learn from all things including the perv ...more
This is one of the most densely packed reading experiences I have come across in a long while, as well as one of the strangest.

I expected "Re-Visioning Psychology" to contain critical history of psychology's historical development as a scientific discipline as well as laser-sharp dissection of Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung's interpretations of classical mythology. After all, that is what I got out of the two other books by James Hillman which I read before. (Insearch: Psychology and Religi
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
this was the toughest book i've ever read, as much for the density of its content as for the extreme academic nature of the work. in spite of the effort required to understand and internalize what hillman puts forward, this is hands-down the most rewarding, enlightening experience that i've drawn constant inspiration from and that has literally changed the way i see the world - inside and out. ...more
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent argument for updating the purpose of psychology. Also serves as a great intro for "Archetypal Psychology". ...more
Ed Wojniak
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
Hillman in this book makes a great case for understanding symptoms, that is human pathology, as soul speaking to us, getting our attention. Psyche, is "theophanic," the ever present activity of soul and its efforts at making connections with the Divine and what is innermost and essential in us. Rather than trying to eradicate or minimize our symptoms, we must listen to them as guides to becoming more human. ...more
Ramona P.
Jun 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
A complex and provocative book that asks us to expand our ideas about the world of psychology. Hillman introduces new concepts dealing with the study of psychology and pushes us to re-examine how we engage this ever morphing discipline. It's not an easy read but very worthwhile for anyone interested in challenging the methods and principles found within this area of study. ...more
Victor Cirone
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An extraordinary work that I'll be returning to for years...I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to get to it in the first place. ...more
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Puiki knyga. Pateikiamų įžvalgų gausa didžiulė. Panašiai kaip Antoine de Saint-Exupéry "Citadelėje". Štai viena autoriaus įžvalga į įžvalgų reliatyvumą: "The more hard evidence and solid backing a psychology finds for its hypotheses, the less its ideas open the soul's eye toward concretely specific insights. The righter it becomes, the wronger its effects; the more tested, the less true. Our tools construct theologies in an idolatry of concepts and methods." (p. 145) Knyga rekomenduotina įsiskai ...more
This was a drag.
There were good and interesting passages throughout where Hillmann writes very poetically, interestingly and captivating. Unfortunately these passages were few.
The rest were a lot of historic and mythic references that I had a hard time following and caring about.
The reflections on soul, the psychology field, contemporary society and examples on how archetypes and myths are rearing their heads throughout our personal and societal lives I found interesting, but it was covered
Jim Coughenour
Jul 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
To my mind, the best of of Hillman's many fine books. Reading Hillman is itself an act of imagination. I first read this book 30 years ago, and I still pick it up and read something in it every year.

Janet Wichmann
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
An in depth treatise on the primacy of soul as the core of psychology and psychological treatment. Hillman's insistence and academic backing on the soul's centrality to the psyche's existence is both a relief and inspiration on a personal and professional level. ...more
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone with an interest in the therapy of Soul..
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Through a highly developed synthesis of depth psychology and Neoplatonism, Hillman makes an excellent case for a soulful second look at the world. We moderns are stuck in a literalistic worldview that prevents us from healing ourselves or from encountering life's mysteries in an authentic way, and psyche calls us to break free of the literal to find a multitude of other perspectives. Psyche is itself a perspective, a way of looking through everything in our inner and outer world to infinite dept ...more
Anita Ashland
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
In this groundbreaking book, for which Hillman was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Hillman puts the soul back in psychotherapy. "When we lose this focus on psyche, psychology becomes medicine or sociology or practical theology or something else, but not itself."

Soul is "that unknown component which makes meaning possible, turns events into experiences, is communicated in love, and has a religious concern. 1.) soul refers to the deepening of events into experiences; 2.) the significance soul ma
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
To abuse a made-up term, I've come to realize that my favorite genre of criticism is mythography, which lays down methods of seeing the world but never inscribes literal truths. I've come to this via trickster myths, which strike me as an ideal entry-point, because the trickster operates at the seams of the world and turns these into magical portals.

Similarly, Hillman identifies the seams between what we experience as ego consciousness and the massively overlaying field of psyche, which individ
Randolph Severson
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book with its provocations, its beauty, its seminal insight and sparkling style is a landmark. After it, psychology was and will never be quite the same. For the author, the Renaissance and Italy are sacred ground. In fact, as well as delivering the Terry Lectures at Yale and other academic honors, received in Florence, usually considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic. The book, in fact, is less a ‘psychology’ book in any conventional ...more
Nancy Hinsey
Could not get through this one. It is not written for the lay person, let alone someone who's had years of therapy and done a lot of related reading. Hillman is surely well know in psychotherapy circles, but for me, unfortunately, his reputation and wisdom remain hearsay. ...more
Mitchell Goheen
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Blown away by the insight and rhetoric
Interessante in generale la prospettiva di Hillman del fare anima atraverso l'aspetto immaginale della psiche, cosicchè l'immaginale diventa il reale. Anche il suo rivolgersi all'alchimia e all'arte della memoria è di grande rilievo, soprattutto l'ultimo capitolo che gira intorno all'interpretazione neoplatonica e rinascimentale (Marsilio Ficino) dell'anima. Invece non condivido assolutamente le sue valorazioni rispetto alla psicologia umanistica e alle varie prassi spirituali come tecniche per ...more
Royden Irvine
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life!
A great post jungian writer!
Oct 24, 2008 marked it as to-read
Hillman has been rec'd time and time again as an innovative thinker in psychology...looking forward to learning his ideas! ...more
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A primary text working in and with imaginal life.
Feb 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
An important book of Hillman's - I used it extensively for my MA thesis ...more
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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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