The esteemed Jungian psychologist counsels on how to cope with feelings of failure or regret in the latter half of life and how to open to a more meaningful existence, even if outer circumstances cannot be changed.In Living Your Unlived Life, the renowned therapist Robert A. Johnson, writing with longtime collaborator and fellow Jungian psychologist Jerry M. Ruhl, offers a simple but transformative premise: Our abandoned, unrealized, or underdeveloped talents, when they are not fully integrated into our lives, can become profoundly troublesome in midlife, leading us to depression, suddenly hating our spouses, our jobs, or even our lives. When our unlived lives are brought to consciousness, however, they can become the fuel that can propel us beyond our limitations?even if our outer circumstances cannot always be visibly altered.
The esteemed Jungian psychologist counsels how to cope with feelings of failure or regret in the latter half of life and how to open to a more meaningful existence, even if outer circumstances cannot be changed.
We all carry a vast inventory of abandoned, unrealized, or underdeveloped talents. These do not just “go away” through underuse or by tossing them off. Instead they go underground and become troublesome-sometimes tormenting-as we grow older.
In Living Your Unlived Life, using warmth, humor, and elegant simplicity, the renowned therapist Robert A. Johnson, writing with longtime collaborator and fellow Jungian psychologist Jerry M. Ruhl, helps us understand our own heritage of unlived life-and how it must be examined and transformed if we are to make peace with ourselves and others in middle age and beyond.
The authors provide intelligent ways to explore paths not taken, without causing damage to ourselves and to others. They show how to:
– identify those unfulfilled hopes, yearnings, or needs that have gone “underground”; discover how we unconsciously burden others-
– friends, spouses, coworkers-with our unlived hopes; create new life options and unlock hidden talents;
– transform fruitless fantasies or “silly” dreams into tools for inner growth;
– start truly living in the present moment; and
– revitalize a connection with God and spirit and attain peace in purpose in our mature years.
Author: Robert A. Johnson,Jerry M. Ruhl
Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin
Genre: Psychology / Developmental / Lifespan Development
Date Published: 2007
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