Topics: Family and Intimate Relationships, Transference/Countertransference.
Relationships: Psychodynamics of Self and Other
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? 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 the primal intra-psychic imago of self and Other. This lecture will explore our projection/transference dynamics, the “Eden Project”, which our hidden agenda embodies, and the search for the “Magical Other”. It will also explore the difference between being in love and loving. Relationships will ask more of us than we wish to give. But such a gift may bring us to love.
James Hollis, PhD was born in Springfield, Illinois, and graduated from Manchester University in 1962 and Drew University in 1967. He taught Humanities 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, was Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington until 2019, and now serves on the JSW Board of Directors. 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 has written a total of sixteen books, which have been translated into 19 languages. He lives with his wife Jill, an artist and retired therapist, in Washington, DC. Together they have three living children and eight grand-children.
© 2002 James Hollis.
Ⓟ 2002 CG Jung Institute of Chicago.