Jung And Aging: Possibilities And Potentials For The Second Half Of Life

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Aging-what it is and how it happens-is one of today’s most pressing topics. Most people are either curious or concerned about growing older and how to do it successfully. We need to better understand how to navigate the second half of life in ways that are productive and satisfying, and Jungian psychology, with its focus on the discovery of meaning and continuous development of the personality is especially helpful for addressing the concerns of aging.

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Aging-what it is and how it happens-is one of today’s most pressing topics. Most people are either curious or concerned about growing older and how to do it successfully. We need to better understand how to navigate the second half of life in ways that are productive and satisfying, and Jungian psychology, with its focus on the discovery of meaning and continuous development of the personality is especially helpful for addressing the concerns of aging.

In March 2012, the Library of Congress and the Jung Society of Washington convened the first Jung and Aging Symposium. Sponsored by the AARP Foundation, the symposium brought together depth psychologists and specialists in gerontology and spirituality to explore the second half of life in light of current best practices in the field of aging. This volume, previously published by Spring Journal and featuring essays by James Hollis and Lionel Corbett, presents the results of the day’s discussion, with supplementary perspectives from additional experts, and suggests some practical tools for optimizing the second half of life.

“The essays in this book enrich the meaning of spirituality, creativity in the second half of life, the fullness of life and the value of intimate relationship as one grows older. For those conversant with Jungian thought, this book will add a depth and dimension to one’s understanding of the second half of life. For those not familiar with Jung’s writings, it will open the possibilities of a meaningful second half of life experience. I heartily recommend this book to anyone over the age of thirty-five.”
THOMAS B. KIRSCH, M.D., author of the Jungians: A Comparative And Historical Perspective

“As life’s perspectives extend to unheard of reaches of advanced age, the meaning of human life in later years gains urgency. These essays endeavor to answer one of the most burning questions of our age. And they distill an important antidote to despair.”
-MURRAY STEIN, PH.D., author of Jung’s Map Of The Soul


“C. G. Jung and Aging values the expansive possibilities of older age as a time of deep meaning making and new opportunities for personal growth. The book engages the reader to think about the vibrant and contemplative richness available as one ages. It is a book everyone, young and old, should read to better understand this thing we call our life.”
-KATE DE MEDEIROS, PH.D., Robert H. And Nancy J. Blayney Professor, Gerontology, Miami University

Table of Contents

  • Foreword Aryeh Maidenbaum
  • Introduction Leslie Sawin
  • PART I THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE: A TIME OF GROWTH AND NEW MEANING
  • CHAPTER ONE: The Case for a Jungian View of Aging Leslie Sawin
  • CHAPTER TWO: Successful Aging: Jungian Contributions to Development in Later Life Lionel Corbett
  • PART II PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON NAVIGATING THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE
  • CHAPTER THREE: Emergence and Longevity: Some Psychological Possibilities of Later Life Joseph Cambray
  • CHAPTER FOUR: Intimations in the Night: The Journey toward a New Meaning in Aging Michael Conforti
  • CHAPTER FIVE: An Adaptive Perspective on Aging Robert Langs
  • PART III GERONTOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON SUCCESSFUL AGING
  • CHAPTER SIX: Opportunities for Ongoing Jungian-Gerontological Partnership Michael E. Carbine
  • CHAPTER SEVEN: The Whole-Person Services Model and the Second Half of Life Kelley Macmillan
  • CHAPTER EIGHT: The Central Role of Creativity in Aging Gay Powell Hanna
  • CHAPTER NINE: Some Thoughts on Aging Well Mary A. McDonald
  • PART IV FINDING MEANING: SPIRITUALITY IN THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE
  • CHAPTER TEN: Conscious Aging as a Spiritual Path Melanie Starr Costello
  • CHAPTER ELEVEN: Spirituality and Relationship in Later Life Jerry M. Ruhl and Roland Evans
  • CHAPTER TWELVE: For Every Tatter in Our Mortal Dress: Stayin’ Alive at the Front of the Mortal Parade James Hollis
  • CHAPTER THIRTEEN: A Jungian Approach to Spirituality in Later Life Lionel Corbett                                 
  • Bibliography                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • About the Contributors                                                                                                                                                               
  • Index

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