Quotes from Hillman’s “A Psyche The Size of the Earth”
In recognition of Earth Day, and because I am working on an Ecopsychology paper, I have been posting a series of Earth Day related quotes.
Today’s installment is from Jame’s Hillman’s 1995 essay “A Psyche the Size of the Earth” which introduced the landmark book Ecopsychology.
“Perhaps the abuses I have unconsciously suffered in my deep interior subjectivity pale in comparison with the abuses going around me every minute in my ecological surroundings, abuses that I myself commit or comply with. It may be easier to discover yourself a victim than admit yourself a perpetrator.” P xx
“The subjectivist exaggeration that psychology has fostered is coming home to roost, because the symptoms that are coming back to the consulting room are precisely those its theory engenders: borderline disorders in which the personality does not conform to the limits set by psychology; preoccupation by subjective moods called “addictions” and “recovery”; inability to let the world into one’s perceptual field, called “attention deficit disorders” or “narcissism”; and a vague depressed exhaustion from trying so hard to cope wit the enlarged expectations of private self-actualization apart form the actual world.” P xx
“The idea that depth psychology merges with ecology translates to mean that to understand the ills of the soul today we turn to the ills of the world, its suffering.” P xxi
“Treatment of the inner requires attention to the outer; or, as another early healer said, “The greater part of the soul lies outside the body.” P xxi
Hillman, J. (1995). A psyche the size of the earth. In Roszak, T., Gomes, M. E., Kanner, A. D., & Brown, L. R. (Eds.), Ecopsychology: Restoring the earth, healing the mind (pp. xvii-xxiii). San Francisco, CA: Sierra Club Books.