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Book Title: Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other|
The author of the book: James Hollis
Edition: Inner City Books
Date of issue: September 1st 1998
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.91 MB
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Reader ratings: 4.1
ISBN 13: 9780919123809
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This is my fourth Hollis book. Am I addicted? Possibly. The truth is, I have never found Jungian ideas so accessible or so relevant - that is until I read Hollis. I'm finding the framework of Jungian analysis such an enlightening tool to use when thinking about self and others. This book is a slim book but it packs a lot in. What it did for me was to unravel the romanticised fantasies that permeate modern culture.
Hollis suggests that two great ideas or complexes animate the lives of us all:
The fantasy of immortality
The fantasy of the magical Other
This book deal with the fantasy of the magical other, "not just as a relief from this world's pain, an anodyne to boredom and depression, but a recovery of that fabled Eden one seeks in the labyrinth of our history. Nothing has greater power over our lives than the hint, the promise, the intimation of the recovery of Eden through that magical Other."
But there can be no real Other. There is only another human being who we project all our psychic detritus on to, much of which was created in our childhood experiences. "The parental complexes are usually the most influential because they constitute the original experience of relationship and remain its chief paradigm"
To have a relationship with a real other is to firstly reign in all your own projections in order to truly see the person. However, as all projections are unconscious the need for this type of work on the psyche usually rises only due to the suffering that follows the erosion of the projection.
However the work to understand oneself is an essential aspect of relationship. Being with an other needs to be recognised as a challenge to greater individual responsibility in a relationship. The relationship providing the environment for personal growth not providing a rescue.
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Read information about the authorJames Hollis, Ph. D. is Executive Director of the Jung Center of Houston, TX, a practicing Jungian Analyst (psychotherapy developed by C.G. Jung - the eminent Swiss psychiatrist), and author of eleven books.
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