The Soul's Code by James Hillman
In Search of Character and Calling

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Plato and the Greeks called it "daimon," the Romans "genius," the Christians "guardian angel." Today we use the terms heart, spirit, and soul. To James Hillman, the acknowledged intellectual source for Thomas Moore's bestselling sensation Care of the Soul, it is the central and guiding force of his utterly compelling "acorn theory"--in which each life is formed by a unique image, an image that is the essence of that life and calls it to a destiny, just as the mighty oak's destiny is written in the tiny acorn.

In this new look at age-old themes, Hillman provides a radical, frequently amusing, and highly accessible path to realization through an extensive array of examples. He urges his readers to discover the "blueprints" particular to their own individual lives, certain that there is more to life than can be explained by genetics or environment. As he says, "We need a fresh way of looking at the importance of our lives."

What The Soul's Code offers is an inspirational, positive approach to life--a way of seeing, and a way of recovering what has been lost of our intrinsic selves.
 

About James Hillman

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James Hillman is a psychologist, scholar, international lecturer, pioneer psychologist, and the author of more than twenty books, including The Soul's Code, Re-Visioning Psychology, Healing Fiction, The Dream and the Underworld, Inter Views, and Suicide and the Soul. A Jungian analyst and originator of post-Jungian "archetypal psychology," he has held teaching positions at Yale University, the University of Chicago, Syracuse University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Dallas, where he cofounded the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. After thirty years of residence in Europe, he now lives in Connecticut.
 
Published February 6, 2013 by Random House. 334 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Law & Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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Here, Hillman discusses character and calling, introducing an ""acorn theory"" that claims that ""each life is formed by its unique image, an image that is the essence of that life and calls it to a destiny."" Borrowing the language of Plato's Myth of Ur, Hillman suggests that this imaginary sens...

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed Jungian analyst James Hillman spins out his "acorn theory" of human development.

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed James Hillman's The Soul's Code is a high-wire act of inspired creativity, spunk, and dazzling insights.

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Reminds me of Bob Dylan's famous song "like a Rolling Stone" Contradicting Hillman's uncertainty message, I adore James Hillman's work and have read many of his books.

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