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Etty Hillesum's Psychological And Spiritual Path: Towards An Ethics Of Responsibility

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This chapter starts with this thought: Etty Hillesum is one of the few examples of a person able to testify so admirably to the painful understanding of personal psychological problems and the closeness of the spiritual and psychological paths; this is Etty Hillesum's most precious gift to us, both in her writings and in her life story. It emphasizes how Etty Hillesum wanted to convey to us her joy when she discovered for herself the importance of a firm psychological foundation and later the joy of her conversion. These two paths are connected to one person, Julius Spier, and to various readings which frequently informed his suggestions. The psychological path that Etty Hillesum undertakes is accompanied by her reading of many of Jung's works. The premise of Etty Hillesum's spiritual path is hineinhorchen, 'listening within'.

Keywords: Etty Hillesum; hineinhorchen; Julius Spier; psychological path; spiritual path



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