by James Hillman
In these 2 interviews with James Hillman, the founder of Archetypal Psychology minces no words in critiquing current directions in psychotherapy, and shares his vision for a more creative, soulful, and imaginative approach. Hillman further probes deeply into the psyche and underbelly of modern society, and offers some unexpected insights.
James Hillman on Archetypal Psychotherapy
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 on the Soulless Society
In this compelling interview with one of the world’s most respected psychologists and social critics, Dr. Hillman takes a critical look at American culture, from how we relate to passersby on the street, to our response to 9/11 and Katrina, to what happens between therapist and client in the consulting room. He delves into diverse topics such as the addiction to innocence, the value of breakdown, the terrible oppression of being normal, and the role of elders. With his characteristic passion and fervor, Dr. James Hillman shares his thoughts on what’s wrong with American society, what we can do about it, and what really matters most.
This intriguing video will inspire anyone who has a longing for more authenticity and connection to cultivate a deeper sense of curiosity and wake up to the mystery of being alive. Hillman’s discussion about the role of psychology and psychotherapy in perpetuating the addiction to security and innocence will be of particular interest to anyone interested in a thoughtful critique of psychology. With counterintuitive injunctions such as, “Be rude!” and “Leave out hope,” Hillman offers his wise guidance about what we can all do to create a more soul-full society.
2 DVD Set | 02:09:00 length
In James Hillman on Archetypal Psychotherapy, be prepared to be both challenged and inspired as Dr. Hillman doesn’t hold back in his critique of modern psychology.