“I” is an Aggregate

In this next installment of examining James Hillman's book, Anima, and Anatomy of a Personified Notion, we look at the notion of Ego, and especially its relation to Jung's idea of the Conscious, as he understood these terms. Ego, as an idea, concept or definition, has been with us for a very long time and has a …

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Personification

"Ideas that we do not know we have, have us. Psychology's job, it seems to me, is to see the subjective, archetypal factor in our sight, before or while looking at facts and events. Other sciences have to pretend to being objective, to be describing things as they are; psychology fortunately is always bound by …

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Anima, Soul, Psyche

Being that has soul is living being. Soul is the living thing in man, that which lives of itself and causes life.... With her cunning  play of illusions the soul lures into life the inertness of matter that does not want to live. She makes us believe incredible things, that life may be lived. She …

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Divine

To divine something is to appeal to the gods for their power of knowing. To use that power to foretell the future is called "divination." In Giambattista Vico's classic book New Science, he associates the modern sense of God as divine, meaning "blessed" or "holy," back to the pre-Christian or pagan sense of having supernatural powers of …

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Expression

"In culture, any culture, we are bound to that which is deemed possible. In the comparative imagination that can relate consciousness to culture and culture to consciousness, we begin to free ourselves for the impossible." Language Language can be seen as one mode of expressing aspects of the unseen. Through definition we divide and separate the …

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