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Living Your Unlived Life: Coping with Unrealized Dreams and Fulfilling Your Purpose in the Second Half of Life

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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
ebook, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Tarcher
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Dec 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I remember most from this book is the telling of the story of Procrustes. I had never before heard this story from Greek mythology about the man who invited travelers to sleep in his magical bed, which was always exactly the right size for each person--but only because he adjusted the size of the traveler to fit the bed, either by stretching the person on a rack or by chopping off his legs.

The image of one's legs being chopped off to fit the bed was graphic enough to shock me into understa
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is primarily an expansion of some of the themes of shadow from Johnson's book Owning Your Own Shadow. Specifically focuses on unlived, unexpressed desires. Don't be misled by this title: Johnson's advice isn't some shallow counsel to throw everything away and do what you wanted to do when you were a kid. It's deep, satisfying, and subtle.
Nov 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Robert Johnson's other works, but this one is a bit wordy - a little editing would help. Overall, it was quite helpful for an intuitive - sensates may have trouble with this one. Did motivate me to be aware of the transcendent moment by moment and accept the paradoxes that are part of daily life. Try living by this quote for a day and see what happens:

"Embrace what happens in daily life. This implies taking the ego and investing it somewhere. If your power and freedom are invested fateful
It took longer that I finished the book so I lost connection with it but as much as I remember though it's written for the people who have mid-life crisis,It gives solutions for everybody who thinks they don't live fully.The book call it ''unlived life'' and it gives you alternative methods to live the life you've always dreamed about but never had a chance because of the fear of ruining your current life.And It has a different perspective about dreams too.It says we should analyze our dreams ba ...more
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Living your unlived life makes Jungian psychology easy to understand. The shadow that Jung talked about becomes easier to understand in Johnson and Ruhl's book. Here in this book the co-authors say that the unlived parts of us that are hidden in our unconscious should be allowed to surface in some form. Beyond unrealized dreams there are unrealized behaviors that are kept concealed in our being because the latter are not acceptable by society or they may cause tension and split between friends o ...more
Mahdi Nasseri
کتاب شروع طوفانی داشت. تقریبا فصل های اولش رو می تونستم کلمه به کلمه درک کنم و همین شروع طوفانی انتظارم رو برای ادامه کتاب بیشتر می کرد تا ببینم چه راهکارها و توصیه هایی ارائه خواهد شد.
ولی در ادامه کتاب کمی مایوس شدم. کتاب به طور کلی در مورد روانشناسی مکتب یونگ بود و اصول اون رو توضیح می داد به اضافه راهکارهای عملی به باور من غیرقابل اتکایی که بعضا لابه لای مطالب عنوان می شد. گرچه برخی از همین راهکارها به نظرم خوب و موثر می اومدن. در نهایت اینکه فقط از فصل های اول کتاب لذت بردم و بقیه کتاب رو به
Apr 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It felt like the authors were writing for other therapists rather than for those who are searching for the answers to these questions. Probably good from the 20000 foot level but not a lot of practical advice.
May 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
اگرچه در بخش های ابتدایی کتاب مسئله بحران میانسالی از دیدی نوین تحلیل می شود، در ادامه کتاب به راه حل عملی و کاربردی برای حل این بحران نمی پردازد. به هر حال خواندن این کتاب خالی از لطف نیست اما اگر روانشناس باشید انتظار دارید با چیزی بیش از این روبرو شوید!
Ypatios Varelas
Not very helpful. Makes some sense but that's all.
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Jungian analyst Robert Johnson provides much, much food for thought. He's the same Jungian personality as I am (INFP), and I experience his ideas as having extra resonance accordingly. Deserves multiple readings.

Two ideas stood out this pass:

* "Paradise consists of reality looked at from a different consciousness." (225)

* "Understood psychologically, reincarnation refers to the redemption of our unlived life, the necessity of addressing all our potentials before we can realize God (unity). There
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the book has a different taste.It was mainly written for audience who are in their mid-life but its helpful for everybody.Just like its stated in the book title,the book aims to make you fulfill your life and live unchosen parts of life.It claims that when we make a decision,we lose other options.So,they make us feel incomplete.We should play with them via imagination and creative thinking.I liked the book but I think,working on your imagination that hard with guidance could be harmful.Technique ...more
Mar 14, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Like lots of people my age, I've been looking back at my life, and thinking a lot about the things I haven't done that I always meant to. I don't generally think reading self-help books is the solution, but this one had good reviews, so I thought I'd take a look at it. The problem is that after reading about 80 pages, I couldn't figure out where the authors were going. They keep trying to make connections to Greek myths, and somehow, I just can't make the leap. The book is also fairly religious ...more
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
essential book for anyone experiencing crises in mid life or during any period of intense transition into a new segment of life. helpful in therapy as well, and i encourage any therapist to engage this text and others by this author, particularly "Owning Your Own Shadow."
I learned quite a lot about Jungian ideas, but the author's approach was not helpful to me.
I like it but not nearly as compelling as his "Inner Work". The language is geared towards the novice or individual new to psychological language.
Oct 03, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A bit too heavy on the Jungian analysis for me, but I liked the author's message of kindness and compassion toward one's self.
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mistake
Good old time tales
Sep 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great mid-life crisis book.
Still digging into it. Not as powerful so far as his own autobiography. His choice of Greek archetypes doesn't resonate with me as much as some of his other works.
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Robert A. Johnson is a noted lecturer and Jungian analyst in private practice in San Diego, California. He has studied at the Jung Institute in Switzerland and at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in India.
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“The word suffer in its original sense means “to allow,” such as in one of Shakespeare’s dramas when a courtier says, “I suffer you to speak before the king.” So to suffer creatively is simply to allow what is, to stop fighting it, and instead to affirm your life. Creative suffering is allowing what is and saying “yes!” Such experience is redemptive in that it leads to healing and self-knowledge. If you can honestly assess what is true in your life, looking at it with objectivity and intelligence, you are getting closer to enlightenment, as your escape mechanism is diminished. By stating what is at any moment, with complete honesty and sincerity, you become conscious of it. When” 0 likes
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