Aesthetic Realism Consultant Nancy Huntting

Hunttings protest NY Times boycott

Ames, Jean, and Nancy Huntting protesting in front of the New York Times, mid-1970s.


The Huntting Family--Some Important History:

I want the world to know that Aesthetic Realism enabled me to be kinder to my mother, and this changed how I saw people as such! I was so scornful and superior--I became honestly interested in knowing her and saw her depths as real as my own.

My brother Rick died of Muscular Dystrophy when he was 20, and my father Don Huntting of cancer in 1971, before I met Aesthetic Realism at age 27, in 1973. 

In the mid-1970s my mother, Jean Huntting and brother Ames came to New York City from Cincinnati, Ohio, and had Aesthetic Realism consultations. Ames Huntting (1942 - 2012), after stopping consultations in the late 1970s, resumed in 2002 and had 10 of his happiest years. An important statement of his is on Friends of Aesthetic Realism - Countering the Lies.

In 1977 Jean Huntting wrote the following letter to Eli Siegel, which I'm proud to print here. I know she would want this very much! She died in 1985. At the time she wrote this letter, I was studying with Mr. Siegel in thrilling, culturally rich, scholarly classes. Some of what I'm grateful to have learned from him in those classes is in papers I publish here on my website:

40 Waterside Plaza
New York, N.Y. 10010
November 1, 1977

Eli Siegel
Jane Street
New York, N.Y. 10014

Dear Mr. Siegel,

As I sit here watching my beautiful view of sparkling water and soaring seagulls, I am so happy.

How is it I am so fortunate to have so much—a new life at 61 that I never dreamed of, my son and daughter caring so much to make this possible for me, the closeness that has come about?

It certainly has been because you have taught them to see their life in a new way, therefore enriching mine.

I foresee a great new happier future for the Hunttings, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


                   Jean C. Huntting               

In the mid-1970s, as the above picture shows, the three of us demonstrated in front of the NY Times building with many others, protesting their then over 30 year boycott of Aesthetic Realism. Some years later, Jean Huntting also wrote to the Times:

40 Waterside Plaza

New York, N.Y. 10010

November 24, 1980

The Editor
229 W. 43rd Street
New York, N.Y. 10036                   

Dear Editor:

I recently read your cover story of October 26, 1980, "Freud's Fragmented Legacy" by Dava Sobel. A week ago, a man where I live at Waterside Plaza was rescued from the East River by a barge, after informing a neighbor that he was going to jump in; and this Friday a body was removed from the water at the marina nearby.  Last summer I saw helicopters trying to rescue a man who had jumped from the 59th Street Bridge. This was considered news fit to print.

These people were in despair and didn't know where to turn for help.  Psychotherapy, as presented in your article, doesn't seem to have the answers.  Menninger himself has admitted that psychiatry seemed a failure.

Aesthetic Realism has helped my whole familymy son to overcome alcoholism, my daughter and I to become friends, and all three of us to respect each other more.  I believe Aesthetic Realism is what families need to know.  Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism, said that contempt is the cause of all mental difficulty and of insanity.  He defined contempt as "the disposition in every person to think he will be for himself by making less of the outside world."  These persons who tried to take their lives thought so little of the world they wanted to leave it. Others in mental hospitals have such contempt for the world they retreat into one of their own.  In different ways my family and I wanted to leave the world, too.

      Since 1941 people have been helped by the study of Aesthetic Realism.  This is a form of knowledge and education that should be made known, so that people can find hope and help instead of despair.  I do wish this letter would spur you to inform them.


  Jean C. Huntting

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