Episode 27: James Hollis

Jungian analyst and author James Hollis returns to the podcast to discuss his book on relationships.

The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other – A Jungian Perspective on Relationship is available at Amazon and directly from Inner City Books. You can also read an excerpt in ICB’s Spring/Summer 2006 newsletter, Jung at Heart No. 43.

The back of the book reads: The Eden Project is a timely and thought-provoking corrective to the generalized fantasies about relationships that permeate our culture. This is not a practical guide on how to fix a relationship, but rather a challenge to greater personal responsibility in relationships, a call of individual growth as opposed to seeking rescue through others.

James Hollis, Ph.D. was born in Springfield, Illinois, graduated from Manchester University in 1962 and Drew University in 1967. He taught Humanities for 26 years in various colleges and universities and trained as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zürich from 1977-1982.

Dr. Hollis is presently a licensed Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C. He served as Executive Director of the C.G. Jung Educational Center of Houston, Texas for many years and now is Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington, D.C.

He is a retired Senior Training Analyst for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, was first Director of Training of the Philadelphia Jung Institute, and is Vice President Emeritus of the Philemon Foundation. He is also a co-founder of the Jungian Studies program at Saybrook University of San Francisco and Houston.

Dr. Hollis has written a total of fourteen books and over fifty articles. His latest, Living an Examined Life: Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey – A 21-Step Plan for Addressing the Unfinished Business of Your Life, is due to be published in February of 2018.  NEW: Dr. Hollis will be returning to the podcast on March 21, 2018 to discuss his new book.

This interview was recorded on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. It’s 01:04:36 long and 48 MB. You can listen to it right here in your browser or download it directly to your computer. This episode is also available on iTunesStitcher, and Google Play.


Complexes, projection, eating disorders, the gods, Antigone, the Magical Other, the Eden Project, abusive relationships, birth trauma, co-dependence, anxiety, grief, outgrowing relationships, parent-child relationships, the narcissistic wound, narcissism, and the romantic fantasy.


Inner City Books  Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian analysts

The Globe Sessions by Sheryl Crow {“Mississippi” and “Crash & Burn”}

Paradise Lost by John Milton

Antigone by Sophocles


Creating a Life: Finding Your Individual Path {ebook available here}

Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up

Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives

Living an Examined Life: Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey

Mythologems: Incarnations of the Invisible World

On This Journey We Call Our Life: Living the Questions

Swamplands of the Soul: New Life in Dismal Places

The Archetypal Imagination {free .pdf}

The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other

The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Midlife {ebook available here}

Through the Dark Wood: Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life {audiobook}

Tracking the Gods: The Place of Myth in Modern Life

Under Saturn’s Shadow: The Wounding and Healing of Men {ebook available here}

What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life

Why Good People Do Bad Things: Understanding Our Darker Selves


The Interpretation of Dreams: A Jungian Studies Masterclass with James Hollis, presented by the Jung Society of Washington, D.C. Start anytime. Go at your own pace. Lifetime access. Please use our link for special affiliate pricing.

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Amazon Author Page

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Speaking of Jung: Episode #25 James Hollis on Why Good People Do Bad Things

Speaking of Jung: Episode #32 James Hollis on Living an Examined Life

YouTube Videos He outlines Jungian concepts for the Jung Society of Washington’s YouTube channel

What Is Depth Psychology? Short film featuring James Hollis

A Clear and Present Danger: Narcissism in the Era of Donald Trump Includes his chapter, “Narcissus’s Forlorn Hope: The Fading Image in a Pool Too Deep”