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Product Details

  • Series: Dunquin (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Spring; 1 edition (April 2, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882142275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882142272
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The pioneering imaginative psychology of James Hillman that soon will span five decades has entered cultural history, affecting lives and minds in a wide range of fields. For the creativity of his thinking, the originator of Archetypal Psychology and author of A Terrible Love of War; The Soul's Code; and The Force of Character has received many honors, including the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic. He has held distinguished lectureships at Yale, Princeton, Chicago, and Syracuse Universities, and his books have been translated into some twenty languages. The American public showed its appreciation of his approach to psychology by placing his book, The Soul's Code, at the top of the bestseller list of serious works of nonfiction. Of his many books, Spring

Publications has published Anima, Loose Ends, Archetypal Psychology:

A Brief Account, Pan and the Nightmare, Suicide and the Soul,

Insearch, Oedipus Variations (with Karl Kerényi), The Thought of the

Heart and the Soul of the World, Inter Views, and Lectures on Jung's

Typology (with Marie-Louise von Franz). He lives in Connecticut.


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It helped me understand and respect my sons decision to die by suicide.
TRVD1707
It is a "must read" for all helping professionals and clergy who are dealing with suicide.
Dr. Beth Hedva
This is the most influential book I have read regarding clinical practice.
Samantha Barton

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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
If someone close to you has taken their life, you need to read this book. There are no cliches here. No pap. This is an in- depth report, based on years of study and experience in the field, on the clinical route that ends in suicide and why your intervention may not have made a difference.
Dr. Hillman shows us the path the soul took to the brink and explains why they could not turn back...unless they stood at the edge and chose to turn away.
I have read many books that sought to confort the bereaved. This book allows us, as the tormented survivors, a smidgeon of insight. The kind of insight that makes some sense of the senseless act. I don't know Dr. Hillman, although I certainly read some of his other work after reading this book; but I owe him a dept. This book is a gift. I hope you find it as remarkable as I did.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Barton on February 24, 2010
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This is the most influential book I have read regarding clinical practice. After reading it, I was in awe of how anyone can think let alone write so profoundly. It is not just about suicide, but speaks of how experience and developmental transitions shape our existence. Although breathtakingly compassionate and sophisticated regarding the joys and pains of living, I didn't find the content at all sentimental. This book is highly absorbing, frequently moving and extremely original in its perspective on various concepts. Ideas are introduced well, with examples that make it accessible to anyone regardless of their professional or personal reasons for reading "Suicide and the Soul". It can be a challenge in terms of the concepts, beliefs and emotions related to the material as would be expected. I am astounded at the age of this book; given how contemporary its viewpoints are on the matter. There is just as much value in this book to learn more about living and life, as death and suicide. Obviously, I would recommend reading the book.....at least once.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mary B on November 3, 2010
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Hillman delivers - and like many Jungian writers, he wanders all of soul's territory and Jung's theories. It's provocative and insightful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Beth Hedva on December 27, 2013
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Hillman's book helps clarify the depth of struggle and challenge we face when confronted with endless pain and suffering when one takes control of one's own life-and-death. It is not only the suicidal person who tries take control. . . society, religion, family, friends and therapists all try to take control, by threatening, incarcerating, hospitalizing, medicating or restraining the suicidal person.
Hillman points out how the soul is on a journey that includes a 'dark night of the soul'. . .AND that the integrity of the soul's journey will continue, regardless of our own and others attempts to control it. In my own book "BETRAYAL, TRUST AND FORGIVENESS", I show how feeling out of control takes us into a 'dark night of the soul' that leads to a symbolic death that may ultimately awaken us to a deeper truth that renews the soul.. . .AND. . . with suicide, the 'soul death' may be both symbolic and bring physical death. Hillman puts into words how deeply intertwined the urge to take one's own life is with 'soul death' (which is not necessarily physical). This can be liberating, consoling and confirming for the person considering suicide as well as friends and family.

Hillman suggests that instead of threatening someone who is suicidal with hospitalization, medication, incarceration (as a murderer); or even worse, damning a person to hell--instead, let us ask a different question. . .what does the soul have in mind--and how does the soul return to its sense of wholeness? I recommend this book to my clients, family and friends--for all those considering suicide and for those who may be walking with someone they love who is considering this ultimate option. I am a grateful to James Hillman for courageously addressing this topic. It is a "must read" for all helping professionals and clergy who are dealing with suicide.

Dr. Beth Hedva, Author
Betrayal, Trust and Forgiveness
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