Senex and Puer: Uniform Edition: Volume 3

Author(s) : James Hillman

Senex and Puer: Uniform Edition: Volume 3

Book Details

  • Publisher : Spring Publications
  • Published : 2005
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 336
  • Category :
    Jung and Analytical Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 24472
  • ISBN 13 : 9780882145815
  • ISBN 10 : 0882145819

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This volume, for the first time, collects James Hillman’s running encounters with a primary psychological pattern, an archetype that arises alongside the very attempt to fashion psychological perspective. Senex and puer are Latin terms for “old man” and “youth,” and personify the poles of tradition, stasis, structure, and authority on one side, and immediacy, wandering, invention and idealism on the other. The senex consolidates, grounds and disciplines; the puer flashes with insight and thrives on fantasy and creativity. These diverging, conflicting tendencies are ultimately interdependent, forming two faces of the one configuration, each face never far from the other. “Old” and “new” maybe the most direct terms for the pair.

Thirteen chapters include the themes of Opportunism, Betrayal, Wounds and Scars, Negativity, Nostalgia, the Soul/Spirit Distinction, Verticality, Ambition, and Transcendence.

About the Author(s)

James Hillman (1926–2011) was a psychologist, scholar, international lecturer, and the author of numerous books. A Jungian analyst and the originator of post-Jungian ""archetypal psychology"", he held teaching positions at Yale University, Syracuse University, the University of Chicago and the University of Dallas.

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