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Force of Character by James Hillman
Force of Character: And The Lasting Life
James Hillman

In his bestselling The Soul's Code, James Hillman restored passion and meaning to the concept of identity, arguing that each of us is born with an innate character, the "daimon" or "spirit" that calls us to what we are meant to be. Now, in The Force of Character, Hillman brings the idea of character full circle, offering a revolutionary new vision of life's most feared and misunderstood chapter: old age.

"Aging is no accident," Hillman writes. "It is necessary to the human condition, intended by the soul." We become more characteristic of who we are simply by lasting into later years; the older we become, the more our true natures emerge. Thus the final years have a very important purpose: the fulfillment and confirmation of one's character.

Contrary to the current genetic determinism that sees increased longevity as a wasted aberrance created by civilization, The Force of Character presents an explosive new thesis: The changes of old age, even the debilitating ones, have purposes and values organized by the psyche. Memory for recent events may falter, offering more place for long-term recollections. A heart condition in later life brings an opportunity to remove blockages from constricted relationships, while changes in sleep patterns allow the old to experience the profound elements of nighttime that we usually overlook. As Hillman says, "Aging makes metaphors of biology."

In this empowering and original work, James Hillman resurrects the ancient, widespread, and socially effective idea of the old person as "ancestor," a model for the young, the bearer of a society's cultural memory and traditions. America disregards old people who aren't young-acting and young-looking. We don't realize that "oldness" is an archetypal state of being that can add value and luster to things we treasure, places we revere, and people's character. When we open our imaginations to the idea of the ancestor, aging can free us from convention and transform us into a force of nature, releasing our deepest beliefs for the benefit of society. For all who read it, The Force of Character will be a seminal, life-affirming experience. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Inter Views : Conversations With Laura Pozzo on Psychotherapy, Biography, Love, Soul, Dreams, Work, Imagination, and the State of the Culture
James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1991

On Paranoia (Eranos Lectures Series, 8)
James Hillman / Published 1988
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Inter Views : Conversations With Laura Pozzo on Psychotherapy, Biography, Love, Soul, Dreams, Work, Imagination, and the State of the Culture
James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1991

Power in the Helping Professions
Adolf Guggenbuhl-Craig, John Ryan Haule / Paperback / Published 1998
(Not Yet Published -- On Order)

Anima : The Anatomy of a Personified Notion
James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1985

Archetypal Psychology : A Brief Account
James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1997

Archetypal Sex : Spring : A Journal of Archetype and Culture (No 57. Issn 0362-0552.)
James Hillman (Editor), et al / Paperback / Published 1996

Beauty Without Nature: Refounding the City
James Hillman / Audio Cassette / Published 1995

A Blue Fire : Selected Writings
James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1991

The Dream and the Underworld
James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1979

Dream Animals
James Hillman, Margot McLean (Illustrator) / Hardcover / Published 1997

Emotion : A Comprehensive Phenomenology of Theories and Their Meaning for Therapy
James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1992

The Emptied Soul : The Psychopath in Everyone's Life
Adolf Guggenbuhl-Craig, James Hillman / Audio Cassette / Published 1995

Facing the Gods
James Hillman (Editor) / Paperback / Published 1980

Haiti : Or the Psychology of Black (Spring, 61)
James Hillman (Editor), et al / Paperback / Published 1997

Healing Fiction
James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1994

Insearch : Psychology and Religion (The Jungian Classics Series ; 2)
James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1994

Kinds of Power : A Guide to Its Intelligent Uses
James Hillman / Hardcover / Published 1995

Men and the Wild Child/Audio Cassette
Robert Bly, James Hillman / Audio Cassette / Published 1992

Myths of the Family
James Hillman / Audio Cassette / Published 1997

Myths of the Family-PT 2
James Hillman / Audio Cassette / Published 1992

Oedipus Variations : Studies in Literature and Psychoanalysis (Dunquin Series, No. 19)
Karl Kerenyi, James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1991

Pink Madness : Why Does Aphrodite Drive Men Crazy With Pornography?
James Hillman / Audio Cassette / Published 1995

Re-Visioning Psychology
James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1992

The Soul's Code : In Search of Character and Calling
James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1997

The Soul's Code : In Search of Character and Calling
James Hillman / Audio Cassette / Published 1996

The Soul's Code : In Search of Character and Calling
James Hillman / Hardcover / Published 1996

Spring 56 (No 56. Issn 0362-0522.) Vol 56
James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1995

Spring 60 : A Journal of Archetype and Culture : Marriages (No 60. Issn 0362-0522.)
James Hillman (Editor), et al / Paperback / Published 1997

Suicide and the Soul (Dunquin Series , No 8)
James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1997

The Thought of the Heart and the Soul of the World
James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1992

We've Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy and the World's Getting Worse
James Hillman, Michael Ventura / Paperback / Published 1993

America : A Conversation With James Hillman and Ben Sells
Benjamin Sells (Editor), James Hillman (Editor) / Audio Cassette / Published 1998 (Not Yet Published -- On Order)

American Soul : Spring Journal Vol 62
James Hillman (Editor), Charles Boer (Editor) / Paperback / Published 1998
Archetypal Psychology : A Brief Account
James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1983
(Publisher Out Of Stock)

The City As Dwelling : Walking, Sitting, Shaping
James Hillman, et al / Paperback / Published 1983
(Special Order)

Freud's Own Cookbook
James Hillman, Charles Boer (Editor) / Hardcover / Published 1987

Men and the Wild Child (Formerly Titled Wild Child)
Robert Bly, James Hillman / Hardcover / Published 1989

Minutes of the Michigan Commission on Indian Affairs 1956-1977/2 Volumes in 1
James Hillman / Hardcover / Published 1991

The Myth of Analysis : Three Essays in Archetypal Psychology
James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1998
(Not Yet Published -- On Order)

Pan and the Nightmare
James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1996

Puer Papers
James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1979

Spring 49 : A Journal of Archetype and Culture, 1989
James Hillman (Editor) / Paperback / Published 1989

Spring 52 : A Journal of Archetype and Culture, 1992
C. Boer, et al / Paperback / Published 1992
(Special Order)

Spring 54 : Reality : The Journal of Archetype and Culture
James Hillman (Editor) / Paperback / Published 1993
(Special Order)

Spring 58 : A Journal of Archetype and Culture (Issn 0362-0522)
James Hillman, et al / Paperback / Published 1995
(Publisher Out Of Stock)

Spring : A Journal of Archetype and Culture, 1988
James Hillman (Editor) / Paperback / Published 1988
(Special Order)

Spring : An Annual of Archetypal Psychology and Jungian Thought, 1986
James Hillman (Editor) / Paperback / Published 1986
(Special Order)

Suicide and the Soul
James Hillman / Paperback / Published 1985
(Publisher Out Of Stock)

Egalitarian Typologies Versus the Preception of the Unique (Eranos Lectures 4)
James Hillman / Published 1986
(Hard to Find)

On Paranoia (Eranos Lectures Series, 8)
James Hillman / Published 1988
(Hard to Find) Review of this title

The Thought of the Heart (Eranos Lectures, Vol 2)
James Hillman / Published 1984
(Hard to Find)