James Hillman

James Hillman ( born April 12, 1926 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, † October 27, 2011 in Thompson, Connecticut) was an American psychologist and author of numerous books on topics of depth psychology.


Hillman came in 1946 as a member of the United States Army to Frankfurt am Main, where he was employed in the service of the U.S. occupying power as a news editor. He then studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and at Trinity College Dublin until he moved for a year to India.

From 1953 he continued his studies at the University of Zurich, where he received his doctorate in 1959. At the same time he completed psychoanalytic training at the CG Jung Institute, where he worked until 1969 as the first Director of Studies. From 1966 he was a lecturer also at the annual Eranos conferences. In 1970 he became editor of Spring Publications, a Series of Analytical Psychology, as well as the trade journal Spring.

1978 Hillman moved back to the USA: in Dallas in 1980, he founded the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture. He lived as a freelance writer in Connecticut.

Works (selection)


  • Suicide and the Soul, 1964 Suicide and mental transformation. A discussion. Rascher, Zurich 1966; 4 A. Daimon, Zurich 2002, ISBN 3-85630-596-3
  • The encounter with yourself psychology and religion. Velcro ( 15 attempts ), Stuttgart 1969 Revision as: The search for inner. Daimon, Zurich 1994, ISBN 3-85630-008-2
  • Pan and the natural anxiety. About the necessity of nightmares for the soul. Swiss mirror, Zurich, 1981; 2 A. IKM, Zurich 1995, ISBN 3-7270-1209-9
  • In the beginning was the image. Our dreams - Bridge of the soul to the myths. Kösel, Munich 1983
  • Inventing the healing. A psychotherapeutic poetics. IKM, Zurich 1986, ISBN 3-7270-1218-8
  • Character and determination. A voyage of discovery to the individual meaning of life. Goldmann, Munich 1998
  • From the meaning of long life. We become what we are. Kösel, Munich 2000
  • The Terrifying love to war. Kösel, Munich 2005, ISBN 3-466-34484-0


  • Archetypal Psychology. Uniform Edition, Volume 1, Spring Publications, 2004
  • City and Soul. Uniform Edition, Volume 2 Spring Publications, 2006
  • Senex and Puer. Uniform Edition, Volume 3, Spring Publications, 2006