40: The Secrets Men Carry with James Hollis, PhD

Today my guest is James Hollis, Ph. D.  Dr. Hollis 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 before retraining as a Jungian analyst at the Jung Institute of Zurich, Switzerland (1977-82). He is presently a licensed Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C.  He served as Executive Director of the Jung Educational Center in Houston, Texas for many years and now is Executive Director of the Washington Jung Society. 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. Additionally, he is a Professor of Jungian Studies for Saybrook University of San Francisco/Houston. He lives with his wife Jill, an artist and retired therapist, in Washington, DC.  Together they have three living children and eight grand-children. He has written a total of fourteen books and over fifty articles.  The books have been translated into Swedish, Russian, German, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Portuguese, Turkish, Italian, Korean, Finnish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Farsi, Japanese, Greek, Chinese, and Czech. What you’ll hear in this episode:
  • What compelled Dr. Hollis to write “Under Saturn’s Shadow”
  • Why it’s important to share the secrets of men
  • How we get stuck at the level of our secrets
  • The pressure men face by being evaluated on their ability of what they can produce
  • How men’s lives are governed by role expectations
  • The importance of rites of passage
  • The difficulties of transitioning to an adult psychology
  • How adolescence now can stretch from the age of 10 – 28
  • The binary view of being a success or a failure men have to face
  • The issue of fear and being insufficiently competent and capable
  • Male longing for a positive connection with their fathers
  • Recovering the soul’s journey
  • Recognizing the truly meaningful parts of our life
Resources http://www.jameshollis.net http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/204773.Under_Saturn_s_Shadow SaveSave