Introduction To Hillman And Moore What Is The Family

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Introduction to Hillman & Moore: The Family

The concept of Eros is the personification of life, love, and the psychological function of relationships on the subconscious level. Carl Jung organized these elements of sex called the anima (in men) and animus (in women) as a source of subconscious thinking. As a result, to enhance the importance of Eros, Hillman and Moore establish the assertion that the soul searches for familial significance through myths and archetypes based on this concept. In this paper, I will introduce Hillman/Moore’s reasoning to why and how they determined the meaning of family value by examining the four emotional moments in family life (False Identity, Relatives and in-laws, Family meals, Going back home) and I will
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The lessons, the knowledge, and the influence the Family has on the soul are essential to the psychology of Eros. By accepting the importance of the family archetype, Moore maintains the notion that “It’s possible to look at anything through the image of family . . . [and] the family serves as a metaphor” to develop the soul (193). Through the image of the family, the soul encounter lessons and experiences that contributes to laying the foundation it needs to live on with a purpose of maintaining Eros. Therefore, Hillman argues the idea of family members as myths: the abandoned child, the hero’s mother, the senex, the…show more content…
For the soul to follow these archetypes of mythical figures, it must allow itself to accept the negative and positive traits each figure encompass. The soul must be unbiased. For example, Hillman detests the fantasies of personal growth and “he does not see the child as a phase we grow out of, or as a shadowless source of creativity” (194). The abandoned child archetype is not a figure that is in trouble due to the negativity portrayal of family abandonment, but is in the focus of soul searching for identity. Hillman further insists that although the senex (paternal figure) falls into the category of authoritarian figure, it does not take away the impact the myth made about the figure. It is crucial for the soul to enable its acceptance of its archetypal characteristics as strongly suggested by Hillman that “negativity is neither denied nor repressed; it is shown to have an important place in the relations of the family members” (195).
Sociological development has hindered the family in our modern/contemporary society. Hillman argues that “nothing has abused the family more than our psychological theories of development” (196). Therefore, he addresses four important emotional moments in family life that affects the soul and its development: False Identity, Relatives and in-laws, Family meals, and Going back home. These four family life moments are essential in illuminating the myth
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