December 5-6, 2003: James Hollis

Lecture: What is comedy? Why is it so often paired with its dark twin tragedy? Why do we laugh? Is comedy healthy, or is it pathological? (Freud, who was rather dour, wrote a book on the subject, and Jung, known for his earthy humor and voluminous laugh, did not.) Bring a joke or bring a funny story to share!

Workshop: "Psyche and Story". Beneath the visible plane of existence, a story is always at work . It may be the tribal story, or the mythos of the family of origin, or the personal complexes at work . The story may be conscious or unconscious, but it is always present. What are the archetypal stories which have moved human history and where are their traces today?


James Hollis, Ph.D. is a Zurich-trained Jungian Analyst who has a practice in Houston,TX, where he is Executive Director of the Houston Jung Center. He is the author of ten books, the last being On This Journey We Call Our Life, and the forthcoming Mythos: Rendering the Invisible World Visible.

On The Psychology of Comedy