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The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Midlife [Audio CD]

James Hollis
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  • Publisher: Bma Studios (1 Nov 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 0966340140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966340143
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,323,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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94 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read 8 Aug 2004
Format:Paperback
I have always been interested in the theories of Carl Jung, yet often found the contemporary texts written by or about him somewhat heavy going as a read. Hollis makes the teachings of Jung much more accessable in this book, drawing upon references to contemporary literature and art to illustrate his points, i found this book fascinating from both a psychological and literary perspective.
The middle passage, more commonly referred to as 'the mid life crisis' (not exclusive to men and can happen anywhewhere from early 30's to late 50's) is a period in our personal evolution we all go through, when the methods and strategies learnt in childhood suddenly become irrelevant to the life we want to live, we have to start over, to find ourselves anew. The process of shedding our skin is often a painful and labourious time, Hollis brings the meaning to this period of misery. Helping us to understand the necessity and inevitability of these growing pains and the meaning that underlies them.
At a time in my life when all i could feel was the pain, Hollis landed in my lap, held my hand and reassured me that what i was going through was a normal part of human development and not the end of the world. What a relief!
I intend to read the rest of his books now and would recommend anyone who is feeling that suddenly their life doesn't make sense to read this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent little book! 22 Dec 2009
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Another gem from James Hollis. A "must read" for therapists or anyone wishing to understand mid-life transition, wish fresh thinking provided by the author. I have only one small criticism in that it would have been a more complete volume if this stage of life had been articulated further in terms of the "whole life project", and perhaps drawing on the archetypes that surface and wane as we follow our path of individuation. Otherwise, faultless. One the best writers on Jungian Analysis in my view. A beautifully written, clear and concise volume from an excellent series.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars life changing 16 May 2009
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This book has a depressing cover and a miserable title. But it is gold dust. Read it, and be yourself.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise, lucid and true 21 July 2008
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This is a fantastic little book. Hollis writes with great clarity about the challenges of midlife. It is a book both for professional therapists and interested non-specialists, for it addresses issues with insight but without heavy vocabulary. He encapsulates an important truth; that crisis and midlife neurosis represent "a wonderful, though often painful, opportunity to revision our sense of self."

I will be recommending it widely.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper than Prozac 6 May 2012
By M. Lawton VINE VOICE
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I wish I'd read this book before having a mid-life crisis, it would have explained so much. The trouble is that no one ever reads books like these before the worst has happened. Maybe doctors should give us a copy on our 49th birthday with the warning 'Keep it safe - you'll be needing this before too long.' This would save a lot of heartache and a great deal of money.

Unfortunately doctors don't do that, so misguided idiots desperately try to recapture their lost youth by embarking on affairs, getting divorced, buying sports cars and having plastic surgery. This book is certainly worth reading before you resort to all that and is considerably cheaper. If it fails to prevent your life imploding, at least you'll have the satisfaction of knowing why it's happening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In case of emergency, break glass ... 29 Sep 2012
By Peter
Format:Paperback
An absolute gem of a book - a real life saver. I lost track of the number of times I thought 'Oh my god, this man understands exactly what I have been feeling and going through!' A book full of wisdon, compassion, understanding and explanation about the unconscious processes that well up into our lives in midlife, often with such devastating and disorientating force. It's hard to imagine not benefiting from reading this book if lost in mid life - for me it was like a kind, wise man sitting down with me, calling me to wake up, explaining what was happening, and pointing to the way out. And re-reading it I never fail to learn something new. It should be behind glass on the wall in all homes, perhaps beside the fire-extinguisher, with the notice "In case of emergency, break glass here". Even better, perhaps one day in a wiser, more mature society men and women will be taught in advance what to expect in mid life and so find the process of the middle passage less painful and disorientating. I can't recommend the book highly enough.
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Superb book, thought provoking, with sound views. If you need to clear the fog in your life get this book.....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for those feeling a bit 'lost' in mid life!!
Recommended to me and it was great.
Very interesting and informative and it made lots of sense.
Easy to read and understand.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs Claire E Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I think this is such a beautifully written book. It's given me inspiration and permission to go out there and travel my own road. Read more
Published on 30 April 2012 by J. Nabben
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very thought provoking book that made me ask a lot of good questions of myself. I'd recommend to anyone struggling a bit, or a lot ! with this time of life.
Published on 29 April 2012 by liseuse
2.0 out of 5 stars Heavily negative but somewhat useful
I was attracted to this book not because I felt a mid-life crisis looming but because the author is a Jungian analyst who seemed to offer some useful insights into Jungian... Read more
Published on 12 April 2012 by Marc John
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, actually for anyone, at any age
This is a slim book, but that doesn't mean that it's something you'll whizz through it. Or even want to. There are a lot of ideas and quite a lot to think about. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by G. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Ok, so the title isn't the most eye catching but this book does what it say on the tin. This is the most fascinating and helpful book I've read in a long time... Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2011 by A customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Midlife adjustment without the crisis
James Hollis suggests a more positive alternative - the Middle Passage - to the much misunderstood notion of the 'midlife crisis'. Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2010 by docmartyn
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