Underneath the Midlife Crisis

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February 16, 2010

Underneath the Midlife Crisis

James Hollis February 16, 2010

Tami Simon speaks with James Hollis, licensed Jungian analyst practicing in Houston, Texas, and the author of 13 books, as well as the Sounds True audio learning program Through the Dark Wood: Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life. Jim speaks about the importance of realizing our real self versus our adapted self, moving through experiences of fear with courage and persistence, and what the most important questions are that we ask ourselves as we approach the end of our life. (43 minutes)

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JAMES HOLLIS, PhD, is a Jungian analyst, a former director of the Jung Society of Washington, DC, and a professor of Jungian Studies for Saybrook University of San Francisco/Houston. He is a bestselling author whose 15 books include Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, The Eden Project, What Matters Most, and Living an Examined Life. He lives with his wife, Jill, in Washington, DC. For more, visit jameshollis.net.

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