Aging–what it is and how it happens–is one of today's most pressing topics. Most people are either curious or concerned about growing older and how to do it successfully. We need to better understand how to navigate the second half of life in ways that are productive and satisfying, and Jungian psychology, with its focus on the discovery of meaning and continuous development of the personality is especially helpful for addressing the concerns of aging.
In March 2012, the Library of Congress and the Jung Society of Washington convened the first Jung and Aging Symposium. Sponsored by the AARP Foundation, the symposium brought together depth psychologists and specialists in gerontology and spirituality to explore the second half of life in light of current best practices in the field of aging. This volume presents the results of the day's discussion, with supplementary perspectives from additional experts, and suggests some practical tools for optimizing the second half of life.
Praise for Jung and Aging
The essays in this book enrich the meaning of spirituality, creativity in the second half of life, the fullness of life and the value of intimate relationship as one grows older. For those conversant with Jungian thought, this book will add a depth and dimension to one's understanding of the second half of life. For those not familiar with Jung's writings, it will open the possibilities of a meaningful second half of life experience. I heartily recommend this book to anyone over the age of thirty-five.
THOMAS B. KIRSCH, M.D., AUTHOR OF THE JUNGIANS: A COMPARATIVE AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
As life's perspectives extend to unheard of reaches of advanced age, the meaning of human life in later years gains urgency. These essays endeavor to answer one of the most burning questions of our age. And they distill an important antidote to despair.
MURRAY STEIN, PH.D., AUTHOR OF JUNG'S MAP OF THE SOUL
C. G. Jung and Aging values the expansive possibilities of older age as a time of deep meaning making and new opportunities for personal growth. The book engages the reader to think about the vibrant and contemplative richness available as one ages. It is a book everyone, young and old, should read to better understand this thing we call our life.
KATE DE MEDEIROS, PH.D., ROBERT H. AND NANCY J. BLAYNEY PROFESSOR, GERONTOLOGY, MIAMI UNIVERSITY
Foreword Aryeh Maidenbaum
Introduction Leslie Sawin
PART I THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE: A TIME OF GROWTH AND NEW MEANING
CHAPTER ONE: The Case for a Jungian View of Aging Leslie Sawin
CHAPTER TWO: Successful Aging: Jungian Contributions to Development in Later Life Lionel Corbett
PART II PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON NAVIGATING THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE
CHAPTER THREE: Emergence and Longevity: Some Psychological Possibilities of Later Life Joseph Cambray
CHAPTER FOUR: Intimations in the Night: The Journey toward a New Meaning in Aging Michael Conforti
CHAPTER FIVE: An Adaptive Perspective on Aging Robert Langs
PART III GERONTOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON SUCCESSFUL AGING
CHAPTER SIX: Opportunities for Ongoing Jungian-Gerontological Partnership Michael E. Carbine
CHAPTER SEVEN: The Whole-Person Services Model and the Second Half of Life Kelley Macmillan
CHAPTER EIGHT: The Central Role of Creativity in Aging Gay Powell Hanna
CHAPTER NINE: Some Thoughts on Aging Well Mary A. McDonald
PART IV FINDING MEANING: SPIRITUALITY IN THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE
CHAPTER TEN: Conscious Aging as a Spiritual Path Melanie Starr Costello
CHAPTER ELEVEN: Spirituality and Relationship in Later Life Jerry M. Ruhl and Roland Evans
CHAPTER TWELVE: For Every Tatter in Our Mortal Dress: Stayin' Alive at the Front of the Mortal Parade James Hollis
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: A Jungian Approach to Spirituality in Later Life Lionel Corbett
About the Contributors:
Joseph Cambray, Ph.D., is past president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. He was a faculty member at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies at Harvard Medical School, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Analytical Psychology, and a member of both the New England Society of Jungian Analysts and the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association of New York. He is author of Synchronicity: Nature and Psyche in an Interconnected Universe and coeditor, with Linda Carter, of Analytical Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives in Jungian Analysis. He has published numerous papers and book chapters and regularly lectures on the international circuit. He has a private practice as an analyst with offices in Boston and Providence, Rhode Island.
Michael Conforti, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst and the founder and director of the Assisi Institute. He has been a faculty member at the C. G. Jung Institute–Boston and the C. G. Jung Foundation of New York, and he served for many years as a senior associate faculty member in the doctoral and master's programs in clinical psychology at Antioch New England. A pioneer in the field of matter-psyche studies, Conforti is actively investigating the workings of archetypal fields and the relationship between Jungian psychology and the new sciences. He is the author of Threshold Experiences: The Archetype of Beginnings (2007) and Field, Form, and Fate: Patterns in Mind, Nature, and Psyche (1999, revised edition 2003).
Melanie Starr Costello, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, historian, and Zürich-trained Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C. She earned her doctorate in history and literature of religions from Northwestern University. A former assistant professor of history at St. Mary's College of Maryland, Costello has taught and published on the topics of psychology and religion, medieval spirituality, and clinical practice. She is author of Imagination, Illness and Injury: Jungian Psychology and the Somatic Dimensions of Perception, a study of the link between illness and insight.
Roland Evans, M.A., trained as a clinical psychologist in the United Kingdom and taught for many years at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He has a private practice specializing in counseling for mature couples and older men and is author of Seeking Wholeness: Insights into the Mystery of Experience.
Gay Powell Hanna, Ph.D., M.F.A., is executive director of the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), an affiliate of George Washington University. NCCA provides professional development and technical assistance, including service as a clearinghouse for best practices, research, and policy development to encourage and sustain arts and humanities programs in various community and health-care settings. Hanna holds a doctorate in arts education with a specialization in arts administration focusing on service to people with disabilities from Florida State University and a master of fine arts in sculpture from the University of Georgia. A contributing author to numerous articles and books, Hanna is noted for her expertise in accessibility and universal design.
James Hollis, Ph.D., is the author of fourteen books, cofounder of the C. G. Jung Institute of Philadelphia and Saybrook University's Jungian Studies program, director emeritus of the Jung Center of Houston, vice president emeritus of the Philemon Foundation, and an adjunct professor at Saybrook University and Pacifica Graduate Institute. He resides in Houston, Texas, where he conducts an analytic practice.
Robert Langs, M.D., is a classically trained psychoanalyst who has forged a new, adaptation-centered paradigm of psychoanalysis in which trauma, death anxiety, and universal archetypes play a central role. He is the author of fortyseven books and more than two hundred refereed journal papers and book chapters. His most recent books are Beyond Yahweh and Jesus: Bringing Death's Wisdom to Faith, Spirituality, and Psychoanalysis and Freud on a Precipice: How Freud's Fate Pushed Psychoanalysis over the Edge. He is currently in private practice in New York City.
Kelley Macmillan, Ph.D., M.S.W., is clinical assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Social work. He earned his degree in social work from Indiana University and his doctorate, with a focus on gerontology, from the University of Kansas. He works in the areas of health and aging and with social service agencies to develop services that build on new practice opportunities, such as patient-centered medical homes, transition care teams, and multisite field placements, and in programs serving older adults. He has served on numerous associations and committees and has published many articles and book chapters on the provision of services to aging adults and those with mental-health issues.
Mary A. McDonald, M.D., is a geriatrician serving in the homecare practice of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Washington Hospital Center. She is medical director at the Washington Home and Community Hospice. She is also associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, at Howard University College of Medicine. McDonald has published articles and chapters in geriatric medicine.
Aryeh Maidenbaum, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst and director of the New York Center for Jungian Studies. He is a former faculty member at New York University, where he taught courses in Jungian psychology for many years. Among his publications are "The Search for Spirit in Jungian Psychology," "Sounds of Silence," "Psychological Types, Job Change, and Personal Growth," and Jung and the Shadow of Anti-Semitism, and he is a contributing author to Current Theories of Psychoanalysis, edited by Robert Langs.
Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, executive director of the Jung Center of Houston, and a faculty member at Saybrook University's Graduate Studies Program in Jungian Studies. He is coauthor of three books with Robert A. Johnson, including Living Your Unlived Life and Contentment: A Way to True Happiness. Ruhl sees patients in private practice, facilitates dream groups, and presents seminars nationally.
About the Editors:
Leslie Sawin, M.S., is co-program director at the Jung Society of Washington, focusing on community based efforts to bring Jungian ideas to the general public. She has a master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health and is currently in the Jungian Studies Program at Saybrook University.
Lionel Corbett, M.D., a Jungian analyst and a core faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute, is interested in the religious function of the psyche and the development of psychotherapy as a spiritual practice. He is the author of Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality Beyond Religion, The Religious Function of the Psyche, and The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice.
Michael Carbine, M.A., has a master's degree in religion and psychology from the University of Chicago Divinity School and writes on aging issues with a special interest in the application of Jungian ideas to aging services.