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?
The lecture will explore the concept of personal hauntings. The role of the unconscious in the conduct of daily life will be examined. The significance of “complex” theory as a useful tool for self-examination and psychotherapy will be presented and means of identifying complexes through dream work and pattern analysis discussed. We will work towards enlarging participants’ sense of the many arenas in which energies and concomitant messages from the past direct and contaminate present choices.
James Hollis, PhD, is a Jungian analyst, Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington, and a co-founder of the Philadelphia Jung Institute. He has written 14 books which are translated into 19 foreign languages. He is a retired Professor of Humanitites, and presently a Professor of Jungian Psychology for Saybrook Graduate School of San Francisco. He regularly teaches in the Washington area and has spoken to over one thousand groups on four continents over the past twenty years.
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