Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts That Run Our Lives
James Hollis, PhD
About the Plenary Topic:
Our ancestors believed in ghosts, and perhaps they were not far off the mark as so much of daily life is driven by invisible psychic forces, archaic agendas, and imperious admonitions and prohibitions, all the more powerful because they operate unconsciously. What are the features of such “hauntings,” and how might we gain some further foothold on a more conscious conduct of life? At t this conference, literary and case studies will illustrate the presence of “hauntings” in people’s lives. Please bring notepad and pen to the plenary sessions to use in reflecting on the invisible powers which govern your daily life.
Our learning goals will be to:
- Learn the significance of “complex” theory as a useful tool in the practice of psychotherapy.
- Identify means by which “complexes” can be identified through dream work and pattern analysis.
- Differentiate the utility of psychodynamic therapy from behavioral modification and cognitive restructuring.
About our Plenary Speaker:
James Hollis, Ph. D. is a Zurich-trained, Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D. C. where he is also Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington. He is the author of fourteen books, most recently, Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, What Matters Most, and Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives. Additionally, a new book, Living the Examined Life is due in February of 2018.