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James Hillman:  Senex & Puer

 
 
 
James Hillman: Senex & Puer

Two DVD Set
$65

 
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In April of 2010, Dr. James Hillman presented a weekend seminar in which he returned to a topic from his earlier days — Old and Young: Senex and Puer. These opposing yet complimentary archetypes have been cornerstones of Jungian psychology, but Hillman brought his examination of them squarely into the modern day.

How has time treated these archetypes, and the living breathing people who embody them? Hillman, the author of more than 20 books and the originator of post-Jungian archetypal psychology, approached the archetype of the senex (from which senior, senator, and senility arise) from a personal point of view. After more than five decades as one of the world’s most imaginative and confrontational psychological minds, the senex archetype rules more and more with each advancing day. Yet, along with servitude to the tyrany of time and the physical bondange, he has found that something else stirs. The liberation from conformity that age can bring enlivens the timeless presence of an inner partner – the puer, with its attributes of risk, vision, spontaniety, idosyncrasy, and joy.

In addition, Hillman grounded the seminar in an assessment of the very concrete concerns of geriatric psychology and the aging of the American psyche and its institutions. On the other side of the equation, he examined one of Western culture’s most troubling syndromes — the fascination with, and yet cruel neglect of, youth.

This two-DVD set includes the entirety of Hillman’s two-day seminar, held in front of a sold-out audience at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. The presentation functions as a companion and adjunct to Hillman’s 2005 book, "Senex and Puer".
 
 
 
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