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Personal Accountability in Chaos

AN INTERVIEW WITH JAMES HOLLIS, PhD

The Soul of a Bird, Alexandra Eldridge

The Soul of a Bird, Alexandra Eldridge

James Hollis and Stephen Kiesling discuss Jung, accountability, and the stories we tell ourselves.

“Central to the agenda of the second half of life is the recovery of permission to really own your own life: to truly feel what you feel, desire what you desire, and to pursue whatever your soul wants you to pursue. For most people, that permission is still very conditional and very remote, and you can’t get it from someone else. It takes a realization: I have to seize my life because it is short—and I’m here to place my energies where my values really are. The current crisis presents an enormous opportunity for encountering oneself and granting that permission—if we can bear it.” After 26 years as a humanities professor, James Hollis, PhD, entered training at the Jung Institute in Zurich in 1977 and became an analyst and then a professor of Jungian studies. Now 80, he continues his private practice and his teaching. Along the way, he has written 16 books that have been translated into 19 languages. Stephen Kiesling spoke with him about his latest book, Living Between Worlds: Finding Personal Resilience in Changing Times, via Zoom as he sheltered in place at his home in Washington, D.C. …

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