If you’re a student or professional in the field of psychology and you’ve ever wondered, “Hey, where’s the excitement and imagination in psychology?” you’ve got a friend in James Hillman. In this fascinating interview, Dr. Hillman offers an inspiring critique of what he calls a “very peculiar field” and passionately expresses his longing for a psychology that enjoys and respects the psyche rather than fears and confines it.
Hillman, a self-described “renegade psychologist,” argues for revisioning psychology in a way that encourages people to get curious about the psyche rather than pathologize it. He argues that the more we embrace surprise and wonder and the less we focus on rational understanding, the more we will enjoy being alive. He speaks fervently about the importance of imagination and dreams, while encouraging clients and therapists alike to cultivate a sense of awe.
With the current emphasis on evidence-based, quick-fix approaches to mental health, Hillman’s call to slow down, pay attention, and make time for the soul to come out of its shell is truly radical. If you find yourself feeling heavy and dispirited about the field and long for a more soulful and creative approach to psychotherapy, spend some time with James Hillman on this DVD and you’re sure to feel inspired, liberated, and rejuvenated.
James Hillman has been a maverick thinker and writer, especially focusing on the pathology of society. His Re-Visioning Psychology was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1975. In this DVD, The Soulless Society, the interviewer skillfully leads this brilliant scholar through updates to the high points of his lifetime of insightful critiques of our society.
- Dena Anthony, PhD, Psychologist in private practice in San Francisco & Palo Alto; Researcher and lecturer on women in business
In this interview on Archetypal Psychology, Hillman provides a good introduction to his ideas about psychology and presents a refreshing look at the practice of psychotherapy; his discussion on the Soulless Society is a thought provoking and accessible to psychotherapists as well as any lay person interested in psychology and American culture. - Liza Ravitz, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Jungian Analyst, San Francisco, CA.
From watching this video, you will:
- Gain an understanding of archetypal psychotherapy
- Develop ways to think imaginatively about mental illness and how to relate to clients’ symptoms with curiosity and awe
- Learn to ask new kinds of questions that point clients in the direction of greater enjoyment and liberation.
About James Hillman, PhD
James Hillman, PhD is considered to be the founder of archetypal psychology. He is a psychologist, a leading scholar in Jungian and post-Jungian thought and is recognized as one of the most important radical critics and innovators of psychology. He is the author of over a dozen books, including the best-seller, The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling and We've Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy - And the World's Getting Worse (with Michael Ventura).
About J. Fraser Pierson, PhD
J. Fraser Pierson, PhD Interviewer, is a licensed psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Southern Oregon University, and the co-editor of The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology: Leading Edges in Theory, Research, and Practice.
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