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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chiron Pubns (July 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888602627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888602623
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"James Hollis is the most lucid thinker I know about the complexities and complexes that interfere with living a full life. . . . He is one of our great teachers and healers." --Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

About the Author

James Hollis, PhD, is a co-founder of the C. G. Jung Institute of Philadelphia and Saybrook University's Jungian Studies program, director emeritus of the Jung Center of Houston, vice president emeritus of the Philemon Foundation, and an adjunct professor at Saybrook University and Pacifica Graduate Institute. He resides in Houston, Texas, where he conducts an analytic practice.

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There are powerful stories shared in Hauntings.
Mary Jane Hurley Brant
As he also reminds us, we're very good at coming up with flimsy reasons for not getting on with the work of our lives.
William Timothy Lukeman
I have read every one of Hollis' books and they are all worth being read multiple times.
Fotena A. Zirps

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Jack H on August 3, 2013
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In a powerful assimilation and enhancement of his previous work, Dr. Hollis creates a concise masterpiece of depth psychology and wisdom for the soul.

'Haunting: Dispelling the Ghosts who Run Our Lives', didn't want to be born. After 13-previous books on soul development and Jungian psychology, James Hollis thought he was done writing. His highly regarded oeuvre, teaching and popularity as a Jungian lecturer have secured him a permanent place as a pioneer and guide to depth psychology and Jungian thought.

But Hollis has always tried to help people. While some see him as a "therapist's therapist" or professor, he is first and foremost a healer, encouraging those around him to improve their lives to pursue their individual growth and development. In the tradition of a true Jungian, Hollis teaches, shares and writes about what he has experienced himself. Whether it is the grief of surviving his son's death, experiencing a breakdown at midlife or simply coping with the stresses of modern life, Hollis heals most effectively because of his own experiences.

'Haunting' gathers many of his most powerful threads and collects them in an effort to identify and exorcise the archaic ghosts that haunt our lives. For example, I am 50-years-old and 75 pounds overweight. In most areas my life is "together." I love my son, friends and other family, I consciously want to live, yet I commit suicide on the installment plan one plate of nachos with extra sour cream at a time.

Whether the "ghost" that haunts me is a belief that "I'm not good enough," "I can't risk failure," "I don't deserve to be sexually attractive," there is something deep in my being that neither self-will, Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem have successfully cast out.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jane Hurley Brant on July 29, 2013
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In his latest book, Hauntings: Dispelling The Ghosts Who Run Our Lives, Dr. James Hollis reminds us that our past is not truly past us. Our familial influences, life-altering traumas, and individual wounds follow us to the grave.

There are powerful stories shared in Hauntings. Many important psychological subjects such as guilt and shame, complexes and projections are also discussed.

In Hauntings Dr. Hollis writes about how our familial histories - whether good or bad or a mix - make for permanent complex charges within us. If we remain unconscious or oblivious to the power these both known or unspoken histories hold over us, we are more likely to make bad choices in our lives. Worse, we will live a life of desperation, despair or meaninglessness.

Dr. Hollis' books are consistently an invitation to explore our nature and our unconscious motivations. In Hauntings he shares some deeply touching and personal stories from his own history. He also explores the darker parts of our ego self which - if we do not claim its shadows - will torture us even somatically until we learn to acknowledge and surrender our neurotic, inflated or narcissistic persona. He offers when we examine these behaviors consciously we will be more likely to take responsibility for and manage the behaviors accordingly so we don't damage ourselves or others. He writes that these hurts can take on a generational theme of enormous agony. Dr. Hollis reiterates that while it's lovely to be "nice" it is far better to be "real." But, for our wounds to be healed they must first be acknowledged.

This authentically written book encourages psychological bravery and inspires us not to remain a prisoner or a victim of what "happened to us.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Lexis B on August 9, 2013
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I have read several other books by Hollis, and this is the best of the best. I admit to only being half way through, but I am so stunned with the insights revealed by this text, and how they have deepened the thoughts of an already deep thinker, that I literally had to drop everything and recommend that if you are sitting on the fence: Buy this book! I have read Jung, James Hillman, Edward Edinger, Marie Louis Van Franz, Emma Jung, and many others. All of these authors are great, and of course, necessary to read. But this book somehow encapsulates thought that can lead directly to life-changing action. Especially as it was written as Hollis himself is an older man, it gives us hope, despite our youth-obsessed culture that no matter what our age, we are constantly evolving and our best works might yet be to come.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Shaku Selvakumar on July 26, 2013
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I have read many of Dr Hollis' books and was delighted to learn that he had written his 14th book. I ordered the hard copy and also downloaded a kindle version.
There are some books that you want as a constant reminder to yourself and Hauntings is one of them. The book deals with all the ghosts and influences we carry like a monkey on our back. These dramas, complexes, neuroses are repetitive and hold us back. Serendipity and the hold of the past over our present and future is the backbone of this lucid, poetry filled and psyche-saving narrative. There are ghosts to be dealt with in Hauntings, though not of the horror movie kind. These are much more scarier, and you can't call an external exorcist. This tedious but soul-freeing job belongs solely to you.
"The past is not dead. It is not even past." William Faulkner's quote is prophetic in myriad ways and what we resist will persist, says Dr Hollis.
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James Hollis has a private analytic practice and is the executive director of the Jung Educational Center.

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