Prisms summarizes a lifetime of observing, engaging, and exploring why we are here, in service to what, and what life asks of us.
Prisms: Reflections on the Journey We Call Life summarizes a lifetime of observing, engaging, and exploring why we are here, in service to what, and what life asks of us. These eleven essays, all written recently, examine how we understand ourselves, and often we have to reframe that understanding, the nature and gift of comedy, the imagination, desire, as well as our encounters with narcissism, and aging.
James Hollis, Ph.D., a Jungian Analyst in Washington, D.C., explores the roadblocks we encounter and our on-going challenge to live our brief journey with as much courage, insight, and resolve as we can bring to the table.
Table of Contents:
1. Archetypal Presences: The Large Forms Rolling Beneath The Surface of Our Lives
2. Reframing Our Sense of Self and World in Plague Times
3. Who Heals the Healer?-The Profile of the Wounded Healer
4. On the Psychology of Comedy: Is the Joke on Us?
5. Permutations of Desire
6. All Is Fire: The Imagination as Aperture into Psyche
7. Narcissus's Forlorn Hope: The Fading Image in a Pool Too Deep
8. Theogonys and Therapies: A Jungian Perspective on Evil
9. The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: Yeats's Passage from Puer Aeternus to Wise Old Man
10. The Necessity of Personal Myth
11. For Every Tatter in Our Mortal Dress: Stayin' Alive at the Front Of the Mortal Parade
About the Author:
James Hollis, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Washington, DC. Originally a Professor of Humanities, he is the former Director of the Houston Jung Center and the Washington, D.C. Jung Society. He is Vice-President emeritus of the Philemon Foundation, author of seventeen books, and a frequent public speaker. He lives with his wife Jill, a retired therapist and painter, and together they have three living children.