Thursday, February 23, 2012

Post-Jungian Analytical Psychology - Hillman, Woodman, and Hollis

Three of the most prolific and respected of the post-Jungian or neo-Jungian analytical psychologists are James Hillman (also known as an archetypal psychologist), Marion Woodman, and James Hollis. I have collected here some relatively short but useful videos of them talking about their work. If you are not familiar with these folks, the videos may inspire your to seek out the books of one or more of these leading figures.

Because Jung has been deceased (1961) for a far shorter time than Freud (1939), his theories and models have not experienced the growth and transformation we see in Freudian psychoanalytic tradition. Along with William James (and perhaps Alfred Adler), Freud and Jung shaped the early growth of psychology.

While Jung has been in favor in the academic world, his theories continue to resonate in various ways throughout the psychology and psychotherapy worlds. From Wikipedia:
Jung is considered the first modern psychiatrist to view the human psyche as "by nature religious" and make it the focus of exploration.[1] Jung is one of the best known researchers in the field of dream analysis and symbolization. While he was a fully involved and practicing clinician, much of his life's work was spent exploring tangential areas, including Eastern and Western philosophy, alchemy, astrology, and sociology, as well as literature and the arts.

Jung considered individuation, a psychological process of integrating the opposites including the conscious with the unconscious while still maintaining their relative autonomy, necessary for a person to become whole.[2] Individuation is the central concept of analytical psychology.[3]

Many psychological concepts were first proposed by Jung, including the archetype, the collective unconscious, the complex, and synchronicity. A popular psychometric instrument, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), has been principally developed from Jung's theories.
He also gave us the distinction between introversion and extraversion (although he did not define these terms as they are popularly defined today), as well as being one of the first therapists to use art therapy and active imagination.

In recent years, younger theorists who are interested in Jungian work have started the reformation process of revision, refining, and bring his modernist perspectives into the post-modern world.

Dr. James Hillman Live at Mythic Journeys: Part 1

Dr. James Hillman discusses myth and the world around us at one of the Mythic Journeys conferences. To find out more information, please go to:

Dr. James Hillman Live at Mythic Journeys: Part 2

Jungian Analyst Marion Woodman on her approach to therapy

Jungian Analyst Marion Woodman describes her approach to therapy, which she says, comes from the unconscious. She goes on to define and explain the unconscious and how it starts with a dream. The dream is a picture of the unconscious and what you do through the day is mirrored in the dream at night. (Originally aired May 1997)

James Hollis PhD: Finding Your Own Path on LIVING SMART with Patricia Gras

Author and Jungian Analyst James Hollis PhD is one of the most prolific Jungian analysts in the country. He discusses finding your own individual path. If we indeed want to create a life worth living, we have to do our inner work -- something we sometimes forget in a shallow, fast-paced culture which seldom challenges us & spoon-feeds us comforting junk food instead of genuine nourishment. Find out what this Jungian psychologist and prolific author can teach us about creating a life and finding our path, a pragmatic guide to individuation-the creation of a meaningful life worthy of its soul.

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