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  1. Introduction.
  2. Part 1.
    1. Myth as a projection of the unconscious.
    2. James Hillman: the most famous of any of the Post-Jungians.
    3. Wolfgang Giegerich and Spring Publications.
    4. Jung's move to a situation in which the past becomes true once more.
    5. Archetypal psychology.
  3. Conclusion.

When Carl Jung wrote Symbols of Transformation1 in 1912 it not only signaled his split from Sigmund Freud. It also equated to the beginning of what is now nearly 100 years of Jungian Analytical Psychology. Sixty three years later, in 1975, James Hillman wrote Re-visioning Psychology.2 Whilst crediting Jung as the main precursor to his ideas, Hillman nevertheless had in writing this book, established a new school of Jungian psychology? Archetypal Psychology. In her review of Re-visioning Psychology Marianne Jacoby says that Hillmans objective was to establish a "language that is not soul-killing"3. Then in 2004 came Wolfgang Giegerich's The End of Meaning and the Birth of Man (which has the long subtitle: An Essay about the stage reached in the history of consciousness and an analysis of C. G. Jung's Psychological Project).

[...] And this is why I agree with the evolution from Jung to Hillman to Giegerich. The key is non-attachment to phenomena. This doesn't result in meaninglessness so long as the person properly understands what is meant by a non-literal approach. (or by negation). For example with Hillman he says not to feel neurotic over the surface phenomena but to see through it as just human feeling-tone, an image that belongs to all humans. Get rid of the surface literalism. It is worth reminding ourselves that too close an attachment to anything puts one at severe risk of neurosis. [...]


[...] Y & Dawson, T p17 22: Storr, in Bishop, P px1 23: ibid 24: In their own words, and within the context on focusing on their differences from each other, Hillman and Giegerich both wrote letters for public consumption, prior to the Brazilian conference. Hillman wrote that work stands for and is impassioned by anima, much as Wolfgang's deliberately, brilliantly, ruthlessly, and exhaustively proceeds from and with animus.? (Hillman, in Quintaes, November 19th 2008). Giegerich believes more in the linear development of time, history and if we argue more than in other epochs then that's because the psyche has developed in this manner. [...]

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