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At Home in the World

Sounds and Symmetries of Belonging

John Hill

Spring Journal Inc
To be at home in the world is an expression of attachment observed in all living beings and the specifically human need to create a world of shared meaningful experiences. Differing from the older forms of homesickness, homelessness in our times is not just about loss of a particular place, but can be more diffuse, and many don't know why they feel uprooted, unconnected, or incapable of deeper attachment to anybody or anything. In contemporary culture, home has been reevaluated within an individual and collective context. It has been understood in both its psychological and sociological dimensions as a continuous process of encounter, assessment, and evaluation of the old in terms of the new. The theme can appear in the analytic space, as with dreams and transference, and a working through of its meaning can further a process-oriented way of finding home that protects the local, familiar, and traditional within the context of psychological and cultural innovation.
Author Bio
John Hill, M.A., is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute of Zurich, where he served for many years as a training analyst and lecturer. In private practice in Zurich and a training analyst of ISAPZURICH, he received degrees in philosophy at the University of Dublin and Catholic University, Washington, D.C. He has lectured internationally on the theme of home for more than twenty years and is also a leading Jungian expert in the field of Celtic mythology.