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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





UPCOMING - May 17, 2021, 7:30-9:30 pm London (1:30-3:30 pm EST US) Science Medical Network
The Frankenstein Prophecies: Further Reflections on the Shadow Elements in Culture 
Registration: Press Prof. Robert Romanyshyn – The Frankenstein Prophecies  and a link to the cite will appear


Sixteen Psychological Reflections on COVID-19


March 13, 2021 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.


March 20, 2021 The International Association of Jungian Studies and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA

In the Gap between Phenomenology and Jungian Psychology: Cultivating a ‘Poetics of Psychological Life’ 


March 18, 2021

Dedication Ceremony for the Installation of My Library to the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center, Duquesne University.


March 27, 2021 The Climate Crucible sponsored by the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists

Psychotherapy for End Times

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. 



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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!