Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life by James Hollis
How to Finally, Really Grow Up

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What does it really mean to be a grown up in today’s world? We assume that once we “get it together” with the right job, marry the right person, have children, and buy a home, all is settled and well. But adulthood presents varying levels of growth, and is rarely the respite of stability we expected. Turbulent emotional shifts can take place anywhere between the age of thirty-five and seventy when we question the choices we’ve made, realize our limitations, and feel stuck— commonly known as the “midlife crisis.” Jungian psycho-analyst James Hollis believes it is only in the second half of life that we can truly come to know who we are and thus create a life that has meaning. In Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, Hollis explores the ways we can grow and evolve to fully become ourselves when the traditional roles of adulthood aren’t quite working for us, revealing a new way of uncovering and embracing our authentic selves. Offering wisdom to anyone facing a career that no longer seems fulfilling, a long-term relationship that has shifted, or family transitions that raise issues of aging and mortality, Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life provides a reassuring message and a crucial bridge across this critical passage of adult development.

About James Hollis

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James Hollis has a private analytic practice and is the executive director of the Jung Educational Center.
Published May 5, 2005 by Gotham. 276 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Hollis sees the first half of life as being driven by acquisition and the second half by relinquishment.

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