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Living an Examined Life

Written by: James Hollis PhD
Narrated by: Kevin M. Connolly
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How do you define “growing up?” Does it mean you achieve certain cultural benchmarks - a steady income, paying taxes, marriage, and children? Or does it mean leaving behind the expectations of others and growing into the person you were meant to be? With the unabridged audio of Living an Examined Life, James Hollis offers an essential guidebook for anyone at a crossroads in life. Here this acclaimed author guides you through 21 areas for self-inquiry and growth - such as how to exorcise the ghosts of your past, when to choose meaning over happiness, how to construct a mature spirituality, and how to seize permission to be who you really are.

©2018 James Hollis (P)2018 Sounds True

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  • Joseph
  • 2018-02-17

Extraordinary compilation of Dr. Hollis' works

Grateful for yet another of James Hollis' volumes distilling for consumption Jungian conceptions into understandable explanations and practical application. I believe I have read his entire shelf, yet never is there a trace of redundancy. Again, grateful for work of Dr. Hollis.

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  • Chinmay Nadkarni
  • 2019-08-13

Must-listen if you find yourself in midlife crisis

Listening to this book is like therapy with a seasoned and intuitive therapist, only better.

I am about halfway through the book, and I have been listening to each chapter several times (at least thrice) before I move to the next one. This is because the thoughts, ideas and insights are so jam packed into the text that is narrated, that I am unable to unpack it all during the first, or even the second time I listen to it. I feel like I am chipping away at it, taking away something each time I listen to it. Each time I have finished a chapter I feel a certain peace inside, one that comes from getting a better insight into my own psyche. Long after I am done with this book, I am certain that I will be coming back to it, possibly several times in my life.

I feel lucky to have stumbled onto James Hollis work as I try to decipher this confusing juncture I find myself at, and I find myself relying more and more on his books, interviews and podcasts to help me get some clarity

Hollis does not write how-to books. His books will not offer you ready solutions that you can apply and move on, but they will do one better. They will give you insights and perspectives that will help you chart your own way forward

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  • Wayne A. Hall
  • 2018-02-09

old school

If you like biased self criticism then you will love this book. Its a greate topic, in this case it seem written to impress peers and uses a condescending voice.

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  • Dewayne Korth
  • 2018-11-25

great listen, but I now need the paper copy

Top shelf book for getting the right questions asked in your life and getting your own voice to be the dominant influence in your life. An amazing book on so many levels and I now must study the paperback.

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  • Rob Petri
  • 2018-03-27

Creating a path for the soul

Hollis asks the questions and offers insight in service of enlarging the soul and diminishing the constricting forces of ego. I am indebted to James Hollis for facilitating the opening in me to endeavor to live consciously, encounter my shadows, and seek always to align myself with living meaningfully. Living the Examined Life reads like Hollis's collected wisdom--wisdom that finds resonance in living the big questions--and is best read slowly and pondered deeply.

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  • Padme-Hum
  • 2018-04-04

Philosophy and psychology in a perfect mix

This deep and rich book is a wealth of wisdom that guide one on life’s journey. It answered lots of my questions that have followed me through life. This book is a good jumping off point for what’s next.

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  • D
  • 2022-11-10

Some content redundant from other of Hollis books

Thought provoking stories and information. Will have to listen again to glean obscure nuggets of wisdom. A lot seems to suggest to reflect and find your own path.

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  • Kenyone L. Johnson
  • 2022-07-25

Prepare for enlightenment

I’ve embarked on this journey of un-f***ing myself from all the ways of thinking I’ve had over the years, and this book is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel. It is hard-nosed guide to following your true intuition and how to do it

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  • Davis A Willis
  • 2021-04-28

Absolute must read

This book will clarify the past 30 years of your life choices and explain why you are repeating them.

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  • ahmad Al
  • 2020-06-12

Nothing new

I dont understand all the 5 stars reviews.
I admit i only went through half the book. But cldnt go any further.
I was seeking and hoping to hear anything new.
No aha moments.
All is very typical talks that any1 with a mind already know.
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-11-26

Don't think twice

A definite must-read and re-read. Sobering, eye-opening, path-opening book that helps you see harsh truths totally guilt-free. Like the author suggests: read one chapter a time and process as long as you need. Then when you're done with the book, go back to it.