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Revista Latinoamericana de Psicopatologia Fundamental

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ZANONI, Anna Paula  and  SERBENA, Carlos Augusto. Psychopathology as experience of the soul. Rev. latinoam. psicopatol. fundam. [online]. 2011, vol.14, n.3, pp.485-498. ISSN 1415-4714.

This theoretical discussion presents the views of the archetypical psychologist James Hillman on psychopathology. He says that "becoming pathological" is a correct, necessary and authentic movement of the psyche that provides an encounter with the soul and with meanings, and that must be understood metaphorically. His view is in disaccord with the medical and nominal model, which has a literal view of psychopathology and sets aside meanings, the soul and even the person. Hillman´s strongest criticism is toward the literal relationship of psychology with terms and concepts used in psychopathology.

Keywords : Archetypical psychology; psychopathology; madness; soul.

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