The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling

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Bantam, 1997 - Conduct of life - 352 pages
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"Plato and the Greeks called it 'daimon', the Romans 'genius', the Christians 'Guardian Angel' - and today we use terms such as 'heart', 'spirit' and 'soul'. For James Hillman it is the central and guiding force of his utterly unique and compelling 'acorn theory' which proposes that each life is formed by a particular 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. Highly accessible and imaginative, The Soul's Code offers a liberating vision of childhood troubles and an exciting approach to themes such as freedom, and, most of all, calling - that invisible mystery at the centre of every life that voices the fundamental question, 'What is in my heart that I must do, be and have? And why?'"

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What set of factors most influence the course of an individual human life? Nature? Nurture? The choices a person makes, including one's intimate relationships? Or is it the complex interplay of all of ... Read full review

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Hillman has written ten books, but he is best known as the inspiration for Thomas Moore's Care of the Soul. Now, for this book on finding one's personal calling, he's getting a big print run himself. Read full review

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About the author (1997)

James Hillman is a psychologist, scholar, international lecturer, and the author of some twenty-odd books including 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, Syracuse University, the University of Chicago and the University of Dallas (where he cofounded the Dallas Institute for the Humanities and Culture). After thirty years of residence in Europe, he now lives in Connecticut.

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