#377 – Dispelling The Ghosts Who Run Our Lives with Jungian Analyst James Hollis

photo of James Hollis, MD


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 fourteen books, including, Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life and What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life, which I interviewed him about on Shrink Rap Radio #244. His latest book, Hauntings: Dispelling The Ghosts Who Run Our Lives came out in 2013.

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. He also heads up the Saybrook University Jungian Studies Program and is an adjunct professor at both Saybrook University and Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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  1. thistle
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I read Creating a Life by Hollis about a year ago and have been through ten or so of his books since. Fantastic writer and thinker. Haven’t been able to get Hauntings yet but looking forward to it. Great interview.

  2. Miri Said
    Posted November 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    One of the best lecture interviews I have yet to hear. I listened to this podcasts several times and found it extremely insightful and inspiring. Thank you!

  3. John Knight
    Posted November 29, 2013 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    I liked how James took the time to explain the neutral nature of complexes (they can be either good or bad), and how the power within them can in turn overpower consciousness. I’ve often felt that complexes are something misunderstood by both the general public and trained psychologists alike, where it’s assumed that complexes are an entirely negative thing. I feel that understanding the rather simple and elegant concept that are complexes helps greatly to further understand psychodynamics, and the way James Hollis speaks of complexes is indeed elegant.

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