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Robert Romanyshyn

Educator, Author and Psychotherapist 

 


Inner Journeys in the Outer World

The DVD awakens the bond between the living soul of nature and us

 

You can purchase it here.
 

Excerpt of a lecture based on the DVD

In this Jung Platform lecture excerpt, Robert explores the intertwining of psyche and nature in the context of the ecological crisis of the melting polar ice.

Robert is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Author of eight books including his forthcoming Victor Frankenstein, the Monster and the Shadows of Technology: The Frankenstein Prophecies, he has published essays in psychology, philosophy, literary and education journals, written a play about Frankenstein’s Monster, has done radio and TV discussions as well as online interviews and webinars and made a DVD movie of his trip to Antarctica. In addition, he has given keynote addresses at conferences, lectured at universities and professional societies and conducted workshops in the U.S., Europe, Australia, South Africa, Canada and New Zealand.
 

His areas of interests are the psychology of technology especially in terms of climate issues and social media, grief and the healing power of poetry, the art and practice of psychotherapy, the wisdom and value of dreams, the art of memoir writing, and the relations between psychology and the humanities

 
 

 

RECENT EVENTS

Please see below for information and links regarding two recent Podcasts and three recent webinars. In the context of my new book, Victor Frankenstein, the Monster and the Shadows of Technology: The Frankenstein Prophecies, the podcasts and webinars discuss different aspects of Mary Shelly’s novel.

A consistent theme is the growing sense that time might very well be running out for us to prevent further destruction to the natural world. In response to this increasingly dire situation, each presentation explores how our capacity to mourn what has already occurred can be a psychological basis for action.


The Sustainability Agenda interview. The host is Fergal Byrne

http://thesustainabilityagenda.com/episode-81-interview-dr-robert-romanyshyn-frankenstein-technology-climate-collapse/
 



Dr. Dave Shrink Rap Radio interview. The Shadows of Technology: The Frankenstein Prophecies

https://youtu.be/x7yjbNWVySE
 



Frankenstein's Monster, the Plight of our Planet, and Seeds of Hope—Robert Romanyshyn with Bonnie Bright

A major theme of this interview not only emphasizes that we must respond to a growing sense that we might very well be living in end times, but it also describes some significant shifts that occur when individually and collectively we surrender ourselves to that possibility. 

http://www.depthpsychologyalliance.com/video/frankenstein-s-monster-and-seeds-of-hope-robert-romanyshyn-with

For a PDF transcript of this webinar click here.
 


In Conversation with Robert Romanyshyn about his new book: Victor Frankenstein, the Monster and the Shadows of Technology: The Frankenstein Prophecies

Hosted by Machiel Klerk, founder of the Jung Platform, this free webinar explores Mary Shelley’s story as a visionary work whose spirit of the depths lingers today as eight prophecies that haunt the cultural imagination.

Watch now https://vimeo.com/331428022

Audio only: http://jungplatform.com/media/inconversationwithRomanyshyn.mp3
 


Ecological Crises are Spiritual Crises 

This interview explores the loss of and necessity for the reality and rituals of the sacred as one of the eight prophetic consequences of Victor Frankenstein’s wish to become a new creator god who would banish the stain of death from human life. It also offers several ways to recover the sacred in our daily lives.

https://youtu.be/SNrD9V_YWnA


RECENT PUBLICATIONS/LECTURES

Keynote Address: Educating the Quixotic Imagination

Sept 11-14, 2019, Alcala de Henares, Spain

European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education

Imagining Windmills: Trust, truth and the unknown in the arts therapies

I am reading Cervantes’ text as a collective cultural-historical dream that is still dreaming us. Attending to the characters of Cervantes’ dream, we are taken to the margins of his prophetic and visionary text, which, in its time having already envisioned the world that has become our own, can unsettle us with its questions about who is mad and who is sane—be they windmills or be they Giants, or is that dichotomy itself a piece of our own cultural complex?--; what is true and what is false, what is real and what is unreal, what is familiar and what is strange and estranging in its strangeness.

For a PDF file of the text see Publications and Multi Media/Articles
 



Diagnostic Fictions

This articled describes a key difference between the person who comes to therapy and the figure(s) who come for therapy and explores some features of a literary approach that attend to this difference and animate diagnostic descriptions with images and stories found in literature. Using Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and drawing on my re-reading of her tale, the article shows  how the character of Victor Frankenstein and his story vividly personify and enrich the DSM category of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. This approach does not reduce Victor Frankenstein and his story to the diagnosis; it magnifies the diagnostic category through the lens of his image and his story.

For a PDF file of the text see Publications and Multi Media/Articles