There's a book co-authored by James Hillman, an analyst who studied with Jung, and Michael Ventura, a writer and newspaper columnist, which they called “ We've Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy — And the World's Getting Worse.” It consists of a brainstorming session in the form of a dialog, a section of essays by the two authors to each other, and a final dialog.
The authors aim to make readers aware that Western society's preoccupation with individualism comes at the expense of collective action which could make a real difference to everyone's quality of life. Our cultural emphasis on therapy as a process of change for individuals, in isolation, is disempowering. Hillman and Ventura encourage a re-evaluation of our role in society at large without offering "how to" prescriptions.
James Hillman acknowledges the reality of childhood fears, traumas and abuse, but believes that by concentrating on what we suffered as children we fail to perceive opportunities for improving our contemporary lives that are well within our reach — both in the personal sphere and more widely via political activism. He suggests that keeping our memories locked into the child-victim's view keeps us in the position of the abused child.
From a review in Library Journal:
In Hillman's words:
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One customer summed it up as a poke at psychotherapy's habit of cloistering itself in the consulting room, and added: