Jung Platform and SAAJA present: A course with James Hollis.
Internationally acclaimed Jungian Analyst, teacher and author James Hollis presents this course on four important life topics.
Each class is 60 minutes + 30 minutes bonus discussion between Hollis and the Cape Town participants.
Class 1: On the Psychology of Men.
Women have courageously examined their roles and the limitations placed upon their souls. Men similarly need to examine the presuppositions and limitations which govern their lives. This program will explore the range of male definitions, the often unconscious relationship to mother and father, and the role which fear plays in mens lives. Only a frank discussion of these secrets breaks the conspiracy of silence which estranges them not only from women but even more from themselves. (This program is as much for women as it is for men).
Class 2: On The Psychology of the Second Half of Life.
Finding meaning in the second half of life requires asking larger questions of ourselves, and challenging our values. To ask these questions three things are requisite: that we recover a sense of personal authority, that we strike a better balance between obligation to others and obligation to self, and that we construct a more mature spirituality. How do we recover our lives, grow as persons, and become increasingly at home with the person we are becoming?
Class 3: On the Psychodynamics of Relationships.
No theme seems more to preoccupy us than the desire for relationship, yet everywhere we see broken relationships. Why? Is it that relationships are too important, but how could that be? The relationship between self and Other carries always the imprint of first relationships. In any present relationship we are inevitably enmeshed in the psychological mechanisms of projection and transference of our earliest images of self and Other. This lecture will explore our projection/transference dynamics, the desire to merge with the other which our hidden agenda embodies, and the search for the Magical Other.
Class 4: The Personal Myth in Turbulent Times.
Just over a century ago, Jung asked himself, "What is my myth?" He concluded he could not answer that question, and thus launched a sustained effort to address the matter. Can we answer it? In order to begin, we first have to understand what is meant by myth. Then, we need to consider what the question itself means. Why we even have to ask this question is yet another question. What is the cultural context in which we raise these questions? How do our personal journeys intersect with the climate of our time? How does one go about the construction of, or the identification of the "personal myth," and how does that very personal work affect our relationship to others?
James Hollis has taught on Jungian Psychology all over the world and hardly needs introduction to South African audiences where he is well known for his books which include: The Middle Passage (1993), Under Saturns Shadow: The Wounding and Healing of Men (1994), Swamplands of the Soul: New Life in Dismal Places (1996), The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other (1998), What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life (2008) and Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts who run our lives (2013).
Structure of each class:
50 minute lecture
10 min general Q&A
30 min Q&A with SAAJA only