Book Notes: Living Your Unlived Life

Living Your Unlived Life by Robert A. Johnson, Jerry M. Ruhl
Read Jul 10, 2020 - Aug 14, 2020
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This is another book in my recent reading theme of “midlife crisis studies”1.

Robert Johnson is another Jungian analyst, and touches on much of the same themes as James Hollis (whom I read in The Middle Passage and Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life). Also similar to Hollis, Johnson’s perspective feels a little old-fashioned and overly Western-centric.

On the positive side, this book offers hands-on practices to help bring unconscious (or unlived) aspects of ourselves to the surface and integrate them better. The exercises are things like using active imagination to talk to different aspects of ourselves, or journaling with specific prompts.


  1. Books in this reading trail include: The Middle Passage, Just When You’re Comfortable in Your Own Skin, It Starts to Sag, and Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life. ↩︎

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