Imaginal Psychology is a recent branch of psychology which considers soul to be psychology’s primary concern. Central to this new discipline is the idea that the 'soul' expresses itself in images, and that care of the soul requires that we pay great attention to the images we 'inhabit'. This approach to psychology draws on a variety of spiritual traditions, the religious beliefs of indigenous peoples, mythology, literature and poetry, Deep Ecology, and social critique.
Imaginal Psychology is an attempt to revive traditional spirituality in ways relevant to our contemporary lives, enabling a distinctly postmodern approach to psychology to emerge; advocates consider secularism, rationalism and modernity to be negative forces, and believe that postmodernism's more relativistic worldview will be more conducive to human happiness.
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“I was now at a university in New York, a professor of existential psychology with the not inconsiderable thesis that magic, dread, and the perception of death were the roots of motivation.”
—Norman Mailer (b. 1923)