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By James Hillman, Michael Ventura

This livid, trenchant, and audacious sequence of interrelated dialogues and letters takes a searing examine not just the legacy of psychotherapy, but additionally virtually each point of latest living--from sexuality to politics, media, the surroundings, and existence within the urban. James Hillman--controversial renegade Jungian psychologist, the guy Robert Bly has referred to as "the such a lot vigorous and unique psychologist we've had in the United States considering William James"--joins with Michael Ventura--cutting-edge columnist for the L.A. Weekly--to shatter a lot of our present ideals approximately our lives, the psyche, and society. Unrestrained, freewheeling, and really good, those highbrow wild males take possibilities, holiday principles, and run pink lighting fixtures to strike on the very middle of our shibboleths and perceptions.

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HILLMAN: I think it’s life. That’s what it is. Meaning: going through life. ” Education meant the joys and sorrows of life. So do you want to call it education? That’s pretty boring too. VENTURA: Then there are all the words that the New Agers have made unpalatable, like journey. HILLMAN: I tell you what I feel about it. I feel it’s service. I feel it’s devotion. VENTURA: To what? HILLMAN: To the Gods. I feel that these things occur, and they are what the psyche wants or sends me. What the Gods send me.

VENTURA: And it’s to be stuck in that viewpoint. HILLMAN: I’m not saying that children aren’t molested or abused. They are molested, and they are abused, and in many cases it’s absolutely devastating. But therapy makes it even more devastating by the way it thinks about it. It isn’t just the trauma that does the damage, it’s remembering traumatically. 26 / We've Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy VENTURA: Therapy, in effect, aggravates and profits from the abuse by the way it thinks about it.

And we don’t know we’re telling stories. HILLMAN: We’re not conscious we’re telling stories. ” That the memory is what really creates the trauma. And everybody’s been attacking Freud recently, saying that Freud was covering up, that he 28 / We've Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy wasn’t admitting these childhood abuses really happened. Whether they really happened or not, Freud’s point, which is so tremendous, is that it’s what memory does with them that’s important. We don’t know we’re telling stories.

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