home | faq | registered students log-in | join our mailing list | e-mail us | to order


"The best thing we can do for relationships with others, and with the transcendent, then, is to render our relationship to ourselves more conscious." James Hollis


The Eden Project

In Search of the Magical Other

by James Hollis, PhD

This course meets the qualifications for 7 hours of continuing education


No theme seems more to preoccupy us than the desire for relationships. The best relationship that we can achieve with the intimate "Other" is a function of the relationship we achieve with ourselves. This course will explore the dynamics of our hidden agenda in the search for the "Magical Other" and the difference between being in love and loving. What is our sense of "self," the precepts about the Other, and the patterns which our history generates. What creates our relationships, our yearnings, our repetitions? These are the open-ended questions James Hollis explores in

The Eden Project

Please join us in this 7 unit course.

Hollis, in his most recent work, asks us to think about relationships and the fantasies we often unconsciously have about them. He believes that we can fantasize that our relationship can "rescue us" from old hurts and wounds that we carry from our past. By "rescue," Hollis means that we can unconsciously expect that our significant other will make up for, or fix, our old disappointments and "take care of us" in ways we did not feel cared for when we were younger.
The belief that a relationship can rescue us puts a burden on the partnership that often collapses it. Hollis challenges us to first know ourselves and thus be more available to others. In order to do this we must become more cognizant of our inner needs and desires. To start this process is to become aware of the expectations we have of others, and to examine how much we want them to take care of us emotionally. His ideas can help us develop connections with others based on growth and maturity. This helps us learn what are reasonable expectations of love relationships.


Learning Objectives

In this 7 unit course clinicians will:

1. Identify the critical roles projection and transference play in the conduct of all relationships.
2. Learn the importance of intra-psychic imagoes in the psychodynamics
of relationships.
3. Identify “hidden, transpersonal agendas” in intimate relationships.
4. Discern individual psychodynamics at work in group settings.
5. Reevaluate the importance of spiritual perspectives in inter-personal relationships.


This course consists of a post-test based upon reading the text. There is no online material to read. After you pass the post-test, you may print out your own certificate.

is approved by the:

CA BBS - California Board of Behavioral Science accepts our CE Provider Approvals through APA, NASW, and NBCC. Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling (BAP 753 )
NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professionals (#575)
NBCC - National Board for Certified Counselors - www.psychceu.com has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6055. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. www.psychceu.com is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. (ACEP #6055)
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (#1761)
The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners (#6246)

maintains responsibility for the program.




To receive credit students must
  • register for the course (order on-line or call toll-free 888-777-3773), after which you will receive the Post-Test. 
  • the cost of the course is $77, the book is an additional $18 +shipping and handling
  • read The Eden Project by James Hollis, PhD

* * Paperback: 160 pages ;
$16.00 + shipping and handling
* Publisher: Inner City Books; (September 1998)
* ISBN: 0919123805
* Average Customer Review:

See 13 Sample Pages!

  • Pass the post-test
  • Upon passing the test, print your own certificate of completion.



James Hollis, Ph.D., has a Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C. G. jung Institute in Zurich. He is the acclaimed best-selling author of "The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other," "Creating a Life; Finding Your Individual Path," "Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Midlife," "Swamplands of the Soul: New Life in Dismal Places," "Under Saturn's Shadow: The Wounding and Healing of Men," "Tracking the Gods: The Place of Myth in Modern Life," "The Archetypal Imagination," and "On This Journey We Call Our Life; Living the Questions." He lives and practices in Houston, where he is a Senior Training Analyst of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and the Director of the C. G. Jung Educational Center.

Visit Dr. Hollis's website

Other courses by James Hollis, PhD

Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life

Swamplands of the Soul

The Eden Project

The Middle Passage


APA Ethics

We do adhere to the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. Our courses are carefully screened by the Planning Committee to adhere to APA standards. We also require authors who compose Internet courses specifically for us follow APA ethical standards.

Many of our courses contain case material, and may use the methods of qualitative research and analysis, in-depth interviews and ethnographic studies. The psychotherapeutic techniques depicted may include play therapy, sandplay therapy, dream analysis, drawing analysis, client and therapist self-report, etc. The materials presented may be considered non-traditional and may be controversial, and may not have widespread endorsement within the profession. www.psychceu.com maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

To order


e-mail us!

Frequently Asked Questions



© 2024. www.psychceu.com. all rights reserved