Emotion: A Comprehensive Phenomenology of Theories and Their Meanings for Therapy

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Psychology Press, 1999 - 318 páginas
"I wake in the night and the emotions are there. I am afraid of the future, alone. I am tormented by my incapacity to meet what is expected of me. It would be easier just to be dead". What is the meaning of such emotions? What is emotion itself? What is really happening in therapy when people "express their emotions"? As James Hillman writes in his new preface to this sweeping study, he intends nothing less than "to vitalize a standard topic of academic psychology by making the theory of emotion as crucial as is emotion itself in our lives". The central part of the book offers an informative and readable survey of a range of theories of emotion. Although Hillman focuses on the twentieth century, he moves with ease from Greek thought to early Christianity to nineteenth-century German physiology. Hillman's "phenomenology of theories" uncovers the intellectual heritage that underlies the concepts used by therapists today. Whenever we conceive of emotion in terms of equilibrium and disturbance, tension and release, or conflict and resolution, we are taking part in complex traditions which for the most part remain unspoken or misunderstood. Hillman's work challenges us to rethink our concepts and thereby to re-experience emotional phenomena. Hillman reunites the insights he has discovered into an integrated understanding of emotion. Drawing fruitfully on Aristotle and Jung, he describes emotion as a bodily condition, as a process that is intrinsically directed toward a beneficial transformation, and as the result of symbolic stimulus. Eschewing all reductionism, Hillman creates a powerful approach to a problem that ultimately "remains perennial and its solution ineffable". This learned studyfrom a versatile psychologist and analyst contributes to today's renewed interest in the history of the body. Furthermore, his understanding of emotions in terms of epiphany makes a stimulating contribution to phenomenology. This book is equally thought-provoking for the therapist, the philosopher, the intellectual historian, and the general reader.
 

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INTRODUCTION
1
A THE PROBLEM
3
B THE METHOD
9
THE SCOPE AND PLAN
22
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE TO PART I
24
DIFFERENTIATION The Phenomenology of the Theories of Emotion
27
THE VARIOUS DENIALS
32
EMOTION AS A DISTINCT ENTITY
38
EMOTION AND SITUATION
135
EMOTION AND THE SUBJECTOBJECT RELATION
144
EMOTION AND GENESIS
154
EMOTION AND REPRESENTATIONS
166
EMOTION AS SIGNIFICATION
185
EMOTION AS CONFLICT
201
EMOTION AS DISORDER
207
EMOTION AS CREATIVE ORGANIZATION
217

EMOTION AS AN ACCOMPANIMENT
45
EMOTION AND ISOMORPHISM
48
EMOTION AND THE UNCONSCIOUS
54
EMOTION AS ENERGY
66
EMOTION AS QUANTITY
81
EMOTION AS TOTALITY
87
EMOTION AND PSYCHOLOGICAL LOCATION
90
EMOTION AND PHYSIOLOGICAL LOCATION
100
B The Blood Gut and Glands
115
The Muscles
126
ADDENDA ON EMOTION AND SPIRIT
231
INTEGRATION
241
B THE CONCEPT OF CAUSE
249
CAUSA MATERIAUS
258
E CAUSA FORMALIS
266
F CAUSA FINAUS
276
G CODA
286
SUBJECT INDEX
313
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James Hillman was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey on April 12, 1926. He attended the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University for two years before joining the Navy's Hospital Corps in 1944. He studied English literature in Paris at the Sorbonne and graduated with a degree in mental and moral science from Trinity College in Dublin. In 1953, he moved to Zurich and enrolled at the C. G. Jung Institute. In 1959, he became the director of studies at the institute and stayed in that position for the next 10 years. He wrote over 20 books including Suicide and the Soul, Re-Visioning Psychology, and The Soul's Code. He died due to complications of bone cancer on October 27, 2011 at the age of 85.

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