WORKSHOP: Most of us believe that we’ll somehow achieve contentment just as soon as we get a better job, find a more satisfying relationship, buy a bigger house, retire, or attain some other outer goal. Our society conditions us to think this way. With this approach to life, contentment forever eludes us. We continually banish our contentment to another time, a different place, a better circumstance. Through myths, stories, and practical exercises, this workshop will show you how to move beyond the inevitable frustrations of the ego-centered approach to life and open to a deeper, richer layer of experience. We will explore the psychological experiences of projection, inflation, and deflation, and unexpected vehicles of contentment, including the “gifts” of: confusion, paradox, stopping, silence, yearning, and ordinariness.: Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist living in Houston, Texas. Dr. Ruhl is the executive director of The Jung Center of Houston and a faculty member of the Saybrook University Graduate Studies Program in Jungian Studies. He is the co-author of three books with Robert A. Johnson, including Contentment: A Way to True Happiness, published by HarperCollins. Dr. Ruhl sees patients in private practice, facilitates dream groups, and presents seminars around the nation.