Susan Grand, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Susan Grand)
Just bought this book because I recently read an article on James Hillman in the Sun Magazine. Very thought provoking comments on the limiting priorities of our current culture. For example, "..."its' hard for us to think of friendship as a calling, because it's not a vocation." Looking forward to reading this book!
psyched out, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by psyched out)
Turns "family of origin" counseling on its ear. Hillman revisits more a more archaic cosmology where a "Daimon" (soul) descends to earth and is comes into body through the parents. Rather than the parents creating and forming this person, this acorn chooses the parents and setting it needs to grow into the entity it is destined to be. Brave and thought provoking writing from a psychotherapist who has seen and practiced all sides of Jungian and Freudian therapy. I don't find this book to be a rejection of classical psychotherapy, more the opening of a long closed door into an older room in the house.
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The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling
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Some call it" genius". Others have named it "spirit", "daimon", and even "guardian angel". But while philosophers and psychologists from Plato to Jung emphasized the fundamental essence of our individuality, our modern culture refuses to accept that a unique, formed soul is within us from birth, shaping as much as it is shaped.
Now in this extraordinary bestseller, James Hillman presents a brilliant new vision of our selves not defined by family relationships or the mentality of victimization. Drawing on the biographies of such disparate people as Ella Fitzgerald and Mohandas K. Gandhi, James Hillman argues that character is fate and shows how the soul, if given the opportunity, can assert itself even at an early age. The result is a reasoned and powerful road map to understanding our true nature and discovering an eye-opening array of choices — from the way we raise our children to our career paths to our social and personal commitments to achieving excellence in our time.
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