#244 – Stories of The Middle Passage with Jungian Analyst, James Hollis PhD

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James Hollis, Ph.D. is a Zurich-trained Jungian analyst in private practice in Houston, TX where he is also the Director of the Jungian Studies doctoral program of Saybrook University of San Francisco. He is the author of thirteen books, including, Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life and What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life.

Dr. Hollis is also Executive Director of the Jung Educational Center of Houston. He is also Senior Training Analyst for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, was the first Director of Training of the Philadelphia Jung Institute, and is vice-president of the Philemon Foundation, which is dedicated to the publication of the complete works of Jung.

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  1. John Knight
    Posted August 20, 2010 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    What a mild mannered, wise, and pleasant man to listen to. Dr. Dave, you sometimes group together podcasts for CE units; if you ever group together some Jungian podcasts, I think this one would be an excellent first episode in the playlist for anyone asking, “what’s all this Jung stuff about?”. I think it has a scope beyond midlife and would work as an excellent introduction to the uninitiated.

    I was overjoyed to hear about the straight out Jungian course – Peter B. Todd and I were actually conversing about this today, and I was just talking to a psych friend yesterday about the idea. I wonder if they have an Open University style correspondence option? I imagine a large number of people (myself included) would jump at the chance to be able to “just study Jungian” – everything’s CBT over here in Perth, Australia!

  2. Russ Cobb
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Dave,

    Thanks so much for getting Dr. Hollis on your show. I really admire this man. He’s so authentic and insightful and has such a nice tone, both verbally and in his writing.

    I found the quote you referenced. It goes:

    “Our culture has become so heterogeneous, and has lost its mythic moorings in any case, that we can only transmit twentieth-century beliefs in materialism, hedonism and narcissism, with some computer skills thrown in.”

    I love that quote, particularly since I’m in a technology field and can really relate to how our often empty, shallow, mean-spirited culture is relentlessly driven into our face with various tech tools, gadgets and applications.

    His other book, Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life is also really outstanding. His insights about the role of our families of origin, the unconscious, dreamwork and what he calls “the agenda of the soul” I feel are really central to life and to examining our lives in therapy.

    Dr. Holli’s books are also very accessible. Jung can be pretty dense and impenetrable, but Dr. Hollis presents Jung’s ideas through his own filter and makes them very understandable and applicable.

    Finally, I absolutely love this quote of his from your interview, in regard to therapy and dreamwork:

    “Ultimately, this work is humbling. It’s not meant to make us feel great about ourselves…it’s more about coming to a more realistic and authentic relation to ourselves and our journey.”

    Thanks for another great interview.

  3. carol miller
    Posted June 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    why is there no women thinking about these things. or more importantly writing about these things. to me these ideas are basic!!! but i am stupid!!! i love your book, but i came to your book through therapy what you write about is common sense, do you disagree?

  4. C asomrof
    Posted November 20, 2011 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    Mr. Hollis keeps taking about being trapped in the past,yet his whole explanation is based on the past. What am I missing? Almost everything he described from the present time is framed in the negative. Just as tribal myths were created by their discoveries and past experiences, so are our lives, shaped by the same factors called science and family histories. I think the ancient tribal members were forced to go along with the beliefs of the tribe in order to survive. We have a few more choices of how we want to live presently. Rember the people getting burned at the stake for beleiving the earth is not flat!

  5. Andy
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Hi Dr Dave, I’m just finding out about myself at the age of 52! James Hollis is my first read in this area, thanks for having the podcast ‘out there’. I just subscribed, please don’t stop doing this! thanks Andy Calgary

  6. annette
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    I love James Hollis’s books. I find them very insightful, deep and thought provoking. James Hollis is a writer for any person from any walk of life and this is what I most like about his work. It’s never to late to get to know yourself So basically James Hollis keep up the good work and thank you.

  7. Len Cruz
    Posted August 4, 2013 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Dr. James Hollis has a new book out, “Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives” available direct from the publisher and also on Kindle. It may be his finest book yet.

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