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James Hillman (April 12, 1926 – October 27, 2011) was an American psychologist.
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The culture is going into a psychological depression. We are concerned about our place in the world, about being competitive: Will my children have as much as I have? Will I ever own my own home? How can I pay for a new car? Are immigrants taking away my white world? James Hillman
Everything that everyone is afraid of has already happened: The fragility of capitalism, which we don’t want to admit; the loss of the empire of the United States; and American exceptionalism. In fact, American exceptionalism is that we are exceptionally backward in about fifteen different categories, from education to infrastructure. James Hillman
All we can do when we think of kids today is think of more hours of school, earlier age at the computer, and curfews. Who would want to grow up in that world? James Hillman
We can’t change anything until we get some fresh ideas, until we begin to see things differently. James Hillman
We need to work on the world so it will not be so oppressive. James Hillman
Just stop for a minute and you’ll realize you’re happy just being. I think it’s the pursuit that screws up happiness. If we drop the pursuit, it’s right here. James Hillman
I’m the result of upbringing, class, race, gender, social prejudices, and economics. So I’m a victim again. A result. James Hillman
Sooner or later something seems to call us onto a particular path… this is what I must do, this is what I’ve got to have. This is who I am. James Hillman
The moment the angel enters a life it enters an environment. We are ecological from day one. James Hillman
We forget that the soul has its own ancestors. James Hillman
It is impossible to see the angel unless you first have a notion of it. James Hillman
I’m in favor of destruction, aggression, hating things. Not bearing things anymore. We think the breakdown comes because our life is in bad shape. But maybe the ideas cause the disorder. Something tries to break through and causes the disorder. James Hillman
It’s important to ask yourself, How am I useful to others? What do people want from me? That may very well reveal what you are here for. James Hillman
I see happiness as a by-product. I don’t think you can pursue happiness. I think that phrase is one of the very few mistakes the Founding Fathers made. James Hillman
You don’t know what you’re going to get into when you follow your bliss. James Hillman
The capacity for people to kid themselves is huge. Living on illusions or delusions, and the re-establishing of these illusions or delusions requires a big effort to keep them from being seen through. But a very old idea is at work behind our current state of affairs: enantiodromia, or the Greek notion of things turning into their opposite. James Hillman
The elder who is eliminating what time has done to the face, what life has done to the face, is making a statement for others to see: This is the way to be a good old person – it is to defeat this body that is doing things to you. Because you haven’t changed. Your body’s changing. James Hillman
We need to have an educational system that’s able to embrace all sorts of minds, and where a student doesn’t have to fit into a certain mold of learning. James Hillman
You don’t attack the grunts of Vietnam; you blame the theory behind the war. Nobody who fought in that war was at fault. It was the war itself that was at fault. It’s the same thing with psychotherapy. James Hillman
Too many people have been analyzing their pasts, their childhoods, their memories, their parents, and realizing that it doesn’t do anything-or that it doesn’t do enough. James Hillman
Psychotherapy theory turns it all on you: you are the one who is wrong. If a kid is having trouble or is discouraged, the problem is not just inside the kid; it’s also in the system, the society. James Hillman
I don’t think anything changes until ideas change. The usual American viewpoint is to believe that something is wrong with the person. James Hillman
We approach people the same way we approach our cars. We take the poor kid to a doctor and ask, What’s wrong with him, how much will it cost, and when can I pick him up? James Hillman
I think we’re miserable partly because we have only one god, and that’s economics. James Hillman
Instead of seeing depression as a dysfunction, it is a functioning phenomenon. It stops you cold, sets you down, makes you damn miserable. James Hillman
Loss means losing what was we want to change but we don’t want to lose. Without time for loss, we don’t have time for soul. James Hillman
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