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Thomas Maples
Psyche and Self Development: A Journey With Carl Jung and James Hillman


“I can no longer be sure whether the psyche is in me or whether I’m in the psyche…”

― James Hillman

Out of this situation the “child” emerges as a symbolic content… this new birth, although it is the most precious fruit of Mother Nature herself, the most pregnant with the future, this signifies a higher stage of Self Realization

Carl Gustav Jung

The Depth Psychology Perspective

James Hillman and Carl Jung were brilliant practitioners. They remind us here that the dual nature of psyche is ever present, and moves us towards the emergent person we are to one day become.

Hillman defines psyche as an entity separate from us, but one that we intimately operate within. This poses a paradox for the mind to solve, a big question that may just simply have numerous uncomplicated answers.

What is my purpose?

This simple, yet profound question has been the subject matter studied by every philosopher, scientist, and great person in the history of human kind. Unfortunately, or quite possibly a bearer of great fortune, this question has as many answers as there have been human beings to ponder its grandeur. As Dostoyevsky once stated:

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” 

― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

This leads us to the rebirth motif proposed by Carl Jung. Although Hillman’s predecessor, Jung shows the profound growth that occurs when one moves away from the ego ideals that psyche grasps onto, embraces its inner infancy, and is thus allowed to grow from a new perspective.

The new configuration is a nascent whole; it is on the way to wholeness, at least in so far as it excels in “wholeness” the conscious mind when torn by opposites and surpasses it in completeness…

Carl Gustav Jung

In order to operate in union with the collective and individual aspects of psyche, we must let go of the moment just past, embrace the moment that is, and direct it in such a way to allow the capacity to manifest the whole that will complete our journey towards individuated growth. It is from this place that the child archetype emerges, and Self is born out of those which were, and is allowed to flourish towards an ever present state of that which will become.

Believe… Achieve… Advance Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams

©2020 by Dr. Thomas Maples

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