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Depth Psych
Pioneered by William James, Sigmund Freud, and Carl Gustav Jung, Depth Psychology is the study of how we dialogue with the Unconscious via symbols, dreams, myth, art, nature. By paying attention to the messages that show up from beyond our conscious egos, we can be guided to greater understanding, transformation, and integration with the world around us, inner and outer. Join the conversation in community at
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Crete Spring: An Appreciation for James Hillman (1926–2011) -...

Crete Spring: An Appreciation for James Hillman (1926–2011) -... | Depth Psych |

Before leaving New York, my forage through a book bin on upper Broadway yielded a paperback of James Hillman's Re-Visioning Psychology, a book the author claimed was about "soul-making."  I'd never heard of Hillman, but there were Greek gods on the cover, which augured well.

Decades later, I would have the honor of meeting and hosting James Hillman several times at the literary series I curate for the Los Angeles Public Library. But in the wake of Hillman's death this past fall, at the age of 85, it's the memory of that first, intense encounter with his work on that trip to Crete that re-asserts itself with such insistence.

What better place than Crete to read about archetypal patterns or, in Hillman's words, "Gods affecting our styles of consciousness."  Europa swam back to Crete after being mounted by Zeus in the form of a bull; royal dolphins leap blue waves on murals in the royal palace at Knossos, where King Minos threw Theseus into the labyrinth to face the Minotaur. ... (Click title for more)...

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Excellent read and great insights into the work of James Hillman 

Eva Rider's curator insight, December 1, 2015 12:34 AM

Beautiful article on the legacy of James Hillman. Thanks to Bonnie Bright for the post.


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Inner Depths: The Purpose of Psychological Symptoms

Inner Depths: The Purpose of Psychological Symptoms | Depth Psych |

Symptoms tell us that we can never take back into our ownership the events caused by the little people of the psyche. —James Hillman


Depth psychology recognizes two qualities of psychological symptoms. First, symptoms are autonomous; they show up not through any decision by the conscious ego but by way of unconscious forces deep within psyche. Symptoms present of their own accord, and, when the conscious ego becomes aware of them, the ego formulates the question, "What's wrong?"—thereby beginning what is hoped to be a long and fruitful dialogue with the unconscious.

Second, psychological symptoms have a purposive nature: they reveal the unconscious's drive toward some end, some purpose, that may not be immediately apparent to the conscious mind. As June Singer (1994) wrote:

Looking at a symptom in this way corresponds to Jung's "purposive view" of... (Click title for more)

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