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    Matt Z, timewarp

    When you first mentioned Wolfgang Geigerich, it was with the exclamation "OMG" that I promptly headed my reply. I deleted it before posting though, 'cause I feared you'd think I was some kind of an airhead or a groupie or something. Haha!

    Oh yes, we will talk. I've been hoping to find somebody with whom to dish about our little psychologically rigorous, interiorilly negative friend. So keep an eye out for me tommorrow or Sunday; I've lots to say about WG's attack on Hillman (and the former's insistence upon the inferiority of the image--but let's still call it archtypal psychology, shall we?--boggle!) as well as the strange alliances he's managed to forge. I'm so glad we've found each other; do you know anyone else outside the community proper (though perhaps you're in?) who thinks about this stuff? LOL. :)

    Honestly, to hear you affirm that WG is nothing but a grotesque inflation of a whole lot of dispeptic nothing just might save me from what was to be my next desperate attempt at making head or tail of him: boning-up on Hegal. Yes. Hegal.. Oy! And I thought WG was a torture to read!

    But I was prepared to go there because I've been quite concerned to get a handle on the implications of WG for the future direction of archtypal psych as a movement--e.g., how influential is this guy, anyway? Are his theories viable? Is he capaple of pulling off a coup? and so on. I"ve also wanted to understand what exactly lead him to the conclusion a few decades ago that its the psyche itself that wants the world to suffer and so to suffer itself (Soul Violence); which means among other things that the soul itself--or psyche, if you like--has constellated climate change and the melting of the the polar ice caps, etc. This is what the soul wants now, says WG. I mean sheesh, that's an incredibly startling thing to reckon with, if you're accustomed to a Hillmanian approach (recall Hillman's fascination w/ Polar Bears and people who dream about them? Gosh, I can't help but wonder what must think of all this). Not to sound too terribly naive, but I guess the truth is that he--Wolfgang G.--he really upsets me.

    Anyway, more on all this later. It's great talking w/ you!

    God bless our tinfoil hearts.

    by aitchdee on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 11:14:58 PM PDT

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