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Robert Romanyshyn

Educator, Author and Psychotherapist 



Inner Journeys in the Outer World

This video awakens the bond between the living soul of nature and us

View 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.

about robert

Robert is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Author of eight books including his recently published 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, webinars, podcasts 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 special area of concern is the psychology of technology especially in terms of climate crises and the impacts of digital media on our social structures. In addition, he is interested in 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.


Curriculum Vitae





Blogs 8-16: Sixteen Psychological Reflections on COVID-19


Jan 16, Blog 8: COVID-19: Our Frankenstein Monster?
Jan 23, Blog 9 COVID-19: A Threshold Between Endings and Beginnings
Jan 30, Blog 10: The Necessity for Myth in Our Time of Need
Feb 6, Blog 11:  A Myth for the Pandemic Age
Feb 13, Blog 12Who is the Monster?
Feb 20, Blog 13: What is a Monster?
Feb 27, Blog 14: The Wisdom of the Virus?
March 6, Blog 15: Homesickness in the Time of COVID-19
March 13, Blog 16: Homecoming in the Time of Crisis


Dream Summit-Free online program January 14-17

Hosted by the Jung Platform, this program features 12 speakers who will offer various depth psychological ways of attending to dreams



March 13 The Frankenstein Prophecies: Victor Frankenstein, The Monster and the Shadows of Technology.

The C. G. Jung Society of Montreal 

 The Frankenstein Prophecies: 

         Victor Frankenstein, The Monster and the Shadows of Technology.

Mary Shelley’s story of Frankenstein is a visionary work that lives on today in the form of the multiple technological crises we are now experiencing. The Frankenstein Prophecies retells her story from the point of view of the “Monster.” His untold tale, which is the shadow side of Victor Frankenstein’s dream to become a new god of creation, is becoming our nightmare. The Monster’s story is a parable for our time and a dire warning of the consequences of the unexamined use of our technological powers. 

Saturday, March 13 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EST (GMT-5) 

Members: $15; Non-Members: $20; Students/Senior Members: $10


March 20 ‘In the Gap Between Phenomenology and Depth Psychology: Recovering the Poetic Realism of the World.’

The International Association of Jungian Studies and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA

In addition, on March 18 between 7-8 pm EST there will be a special dedication to mark the installation of Robert’s library to the Silvermann Phenomenology Center in the Gumberg Library of Duquesne University.


March 27 ‘Psychotherapy for End Times’

A webinar as a part of a webinar series, The Climate Crucible sponsored by the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists.
Death is now the invisible presence haunting our therapy room, reminding us that the world as we have known it is ending and not knowing what kind of world might be beginning.  

How do we do psychotherapy in such times when the impending sense of an ending darkens our every word, gesture and mood with fears, anxieties, strategies of denial and fantasies of sheltering in old, familiar patterns?

Using the myths of Prometheus and Orpheus/Eurydice, I will show how they frame psychotherapy as a grieving process that takes us through the stages of love, loss, descent and transformation. Then, guided by the poets, a brief segment of a DVD film and some stories, I will discuss how the grieving process is a homecoming that heals our broken bonds with nature, with each other and with the larger community of ancestors of which we are a part.

For information about all four webinars contact: 

Please note that all four webinars are scheduled at 9 am-10:15 am New Zealand time.



Educating the Quixotic Imagination 

Link to the PDF


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



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Coinciding with Robert Romanyshyn's retirement from Pacifica Graduate Institute as Prof. Emeritus of Clinical Psychology, Imagining Psychology: Philosophical, Psychological and Poetic Reflections’ is a collection of 23 essays written by his colleagues, friends and former students to honor and celebrate his life and work in psychology. Edited by Michael Sipiora the essays cover the wide range of his interests and demonstrate the impact that his work has had in Jungian and Existential-Phenomenological psychology. 


Clouds Dreaming Water Dreaming Clouds

Life---a drop of rain on a stone!