How do you define “growing up”? Does it mean you achieve certain cultural benchmarks—a steady income, paying taxes, marriage, and children? Or does it mean leaving behind the expectations of others and growing into the person you were meant to be? If you find yourself in a career, place, relationship, or crisis you never foresaw and that seems at odds with your beliefs about who you are, it means your soul is calling on you to reexamine your path.
With Living an Examined Life, James Hollis o?ers an essential guidebook for anyone at a crossroads in life Here this acclaimed author guides you through 21 areas for self-inquiry and growth—such as how to exorcise the ghosts of your past, when to choose meaning over happiness, how to construct a mature spirituality, and how to seize permission to be who you really are With his trademark eloquence and insight, Dr. Hollis offers a potent resource you’ll return to time and again to energize and inspire you on your journey to create a life of personal authority, integrity, and fulfillment.
“Living the Examined Life is a gift of rare gold: the accumulated logos of a life lived deeply and fully, generously shared and beautifully crafted. James Hollis bridges profound psychological insight and practical application. Joyously, this book dares us to go beyond the ordinary, acknowledgement of the terrors of the adventure before us, yet promising—like a loyal loving trusty Sherpa—to accompany us as we navigate the difficult terrain of authentic personal growth. This is the book to have as a fellow traveler—Socratic interrogator, wise friend, loving teacher, mindful mentor.” —Martin Lloyd-Elliott, psychologist, psychotherapist, author
“This book represents the distillation of a lifetime’s accumulated wisdom. The reader is sure to find helpful guidance for life's perplexities and warm companionship on the way.” —Lionel Corbett, professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute
“Nobody writes about the challenges of creating a meaningful life with as much wisdom and warmth as James Hollis. This book is an extraordinary gift to all of us grappling with the ‘second half of life’—free of all platitudes and false comforts, but full of sustenance, humor, and tools for navigating the journey.” —Oliver Burkeman, columnist for the Guardian and author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking
“This is a book full of gems. Some are wise, some are deep, some are precious. Still others are even funny and others self-evident. Yet every one of them is necessary and belongs to the whole. As if James Hollis had scanned the inner landscape of us all, himself included, to produce a necklace of human truths from every part of the psyche, including the wondrous, the normal, and the dire. Reading him is to be reminded that it is possible to be fully human, because, and not in spite of, our full part of light and shadow.” —Jan Bauer, Jungian analyst and author of Impossible Love: Or Why the Heart Must Go Wrong
“James Hollis is the most lucid thinker I know about the complexities and complexes that interfere with living a full life. His broad background in literature, philosophy, and Jungian psychology is everywhere present in this important book, which, as it strips away illusions, posits the soul-work that’s necessary for the difficult task of making our lives meaningful. He’s one of our great teachers and healers.” —Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
About the Author:
James Hollis, PhD, is a graduate of Zürich’s Jung Institute, a licensed Jungian analyst practicing in Houston,Texas, and author of 13 books, including Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life and What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life.