Hillman, James (1926– )
Analytical psychologist who studied the relationship of parapsychology
to depth psychology. Hillman was born on April 12,
1926, at Atlantic City, New Jersey. He studied at Georgetown
University (1943); Sorbonne, University of Paris (1943); and
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (B.A., 1950; M.A., 1953), and
at the University of Zurich (Ph.D. summa cum laude, 1958).
After graduation he became an analytical psychologist and director
of studies at the C. G. Jung Institute, Zurich. He returned
to the United States in 1970 as an editor for Spring Publications
in New York (1970–78). He became a professor at the
University of Dallas in 1979.
Hillman was the founding associate editor of Envoy An Irish
Review of Literature and Art (1949–51), and wrote a number of
books on psychology. His ongoing project, however, is applying
psychoanalytic theory to spiritual matters in his writing. His
most famous work, however, was initiated during a visit to India
when he met the Hindu teacher Gopi Krishna. Gopi Krishna
was a retired civil servant from Srinagar who attained a condition
of higher consciousness through arousing the legendary
kundalini energy of Hindu mysticism. Hillman was favorably
impressed and contributed a psychological commentary for
Gopi Krishna’s book Kundalini The Evolutionary Energy in Man.
The commentary interprets the experiences of Gopi Krishna in
relation to Jungian psychology.
Sources
Gopi Krishna. Kundalini The Evolutionary Energy in Man.
New Dehli Ramadhar and Hopman, 1967. Reprint, Boulder,
Colo. Shambala, 1970.
Hillman, James. A Blue Fire Selected Writings. New York
Harper & Row, 1989.
———. The Dream and the Underworld. New York Harper &
Row, 1979.
———. Emotion A Comprehensive Phenomenology of Theories
and their Meanings for Therapy. 1960. Reprint, Evanston, Ill.
Northwestern University Press, 1961.
———. The Feeling of Function. N.p., 1971.
———. Insearch Psychology and Religion. New York Charles
Scribner’s Sons, 1967.
———. Loose Ends. Dallas Springhill Publications, 1975.
———. The Myth of Analysis. Evanston, Ill. Northwestern
University Press, 1972.
———. Pan and The Nightmare. New York Spring Publications,
1972.
———. Re-visioning Psychology. New York Harper & Row,
1975.
———. Suicide and the Soul. New York Harper & Row, 1964.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.

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