Robert Romanyshyn Books

The Wounded Researcher

Wounded Researcher:  

Soul work and academic research have been so split apart that both have been lamed — soul psychology without intellectual respectability and scholarly research utterly irrelevant to the soul's concerns. Romanyshyn's book not only follows from all his earlier diligent explorations in the Western history of soul, but charts a course that joins the integrity of scholarly work with devotion to the soul's vital needs. New winds, new directions, new methods.
— James Hillman

In this sparkling new book, Romanyshyn re-imagines depth psychology as a praxis of "research that keeps soul in mind" in several ways at once: as a practice of mourning what has been lost in one's experience; as an alchemical hermeneutics that consists in transference dialogues with one's unconscious psyche; and as an ethics of self-examination by the researcher that acknowledges his or her wounded state in the complexes that underlie perception and judgment. Building on the premise that the chasm between psyche and nature must be bridged, Romanyshyn re-visions both therapy and theory. Therapy becomes much more sensitive to the imagistic in its attention to reverie; theory reinstates the archetypal, collective, and psychoid unconscious as primary reality. This exciting book takes bold steps that are as original as they are timely.
— Edward S. Casey, SUNY at Stony Brook; Pacifica Graduate Institute

Like Orpheus who steps into the gaps of seemingly unbridgeable differences, Romanyshyn has alchemically transformed our understanding of what it means to do truly profound and ethical psychological research. This groundbreaking contribution to the field of Jungian/archetypal psychology and hermeneutic phenomenology could well begin a revolution in the way psychological research is imagined and practiced.
— Stanton Marlan, Jungian psychoanalyst, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology, Duquesne University

Romanyshyn engagingly explores the gap between the motivation to do embodied, soulful research and the failure of language to communicate the unknowable core that can give meaning to a research project. For students on the dissertation journey, this book is a map that makes it possible to travel in territory traditionally excluded from academia. Romanyshyn defends his controversial proposition with passion and a powerful dedication to introducing eros into academic research.
— Ginette Paris, Core Faculty, Pacifica Graduate Institute, author of the The Wisdom of the Psyche: Depth Psychology after Neuroscience 


 

Ways of the Heart

WaysHeartPhoto:  Table of Contents | Introduction

"Now that a plethora of books concerned with soul are available, it has become necessary for readers to become much more discriminating concerning what belongs and does not belong to the terrain of the soul. There are but a handful, maybe less, of writers who have developed the capacity to witness soul from within and do so consciously. Robert Romanyshyn ranks high on that short list." —Robert Sardello, 2002


 

Mirror and Metaphor

Mirror and Metaphor: Images and Stories of Psychological Life Table of Contents | Summary

"The author's provocative perspective allows him to add to the work of Bachelard and Kuhn a dimension that was not blatantly explicit in their works: namely, the psychological dimension in the cultural history of the science of the last three centuries. The effect of exposing the metaphorical character of psychological life is to restore the story of the fundamental nature of imagination that has been, for many, eclipsed in our time. It reinstates the story-quality to the history of science, which, as the author notes, has had a mythical power over our lives."
—David Miller, 2001


 

Soul in Grief

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"Robert is introducing us to a new way of imagination that has direct relevance to our everyday situation, especially to its strong emotions and scaricity of meanings...it is a form of education of the deepest sort, the kind that happens when we are forced to find a way to live in the midst of grief."
—Thomas Moore, 1997



 

Technology as Symptom and Dream

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"Although critical of technological progress, Romanyshyn's attitude is not one of naive technology bashing. His perspective is that of a therapist, perhaps a "cultural" therapist, who looks a t his suffering patient and asks her to explore where she comes from, how she got here, and where she sees herself going. Technology-as-symptom invites us to deepen our understanding of the vision that made scientific progress possible and how it has shaped our Western sense of reality. Technology-as-dream calls us to the depth dimension of the scientific attitude and the wishes and distortions that are its underground support."
—Eva-Maria Simms, 1992

Psychological Life

Psychological Life Table of Contents | Summary 

"Like a friend, Robert Romanyshyn wears his learning lightly, and, like a friend, enlightens us powerfully about ourselves without ever becoming inflated or boring. The only other major work in psychology published in the last twenty-five years of which I would be prepared to say that is Julian Jaynes' Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind."
—Elizabeth Sewell, 1982