James Hillman (1926- ) is an American psychologist, considered to be one of the most original of the 20th century, a prolific writer and international lecturer as well as a private practitioner.
Hillman was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1926. He served in the US Navy Hospital Corps from 1944-1946, after which he attended the Sorbonne in Paris and Trinity College, Dublin, graduating in 1950. In 1959, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Zurich, as well as his analyst’s diploma from the Jung Institute. He was immediately hired as the Director of Studies at the Jung Institute, a position he held until 1969. In 1970, Hillman became editor of Spring Publications, a publishing company devoted to advancing Archetypal Psychology as well as publishing books on mythology, philosophy, and art. His magnum opus, Re-visioning Psychology, was written in 1975 and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Hillman then helped co-found the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture in 1978. His 1997 book, The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling, was on the New York Time’s best seller list. His papers and book drafts reside at Opus Archives and Research Center, located on the campuses of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. Hillman currently lives in Connecticut.