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It’s the final episode of the season!!  

This episode focuses on Robert Romanyshyn’s book The Wounded Researcher: Research with Soul in Mind.  This text looks at the subconscious processes at play in the research  process – from how research is a vocation to dreams as a route to revelation.  It opens up an alternative approach to the PhD journey and offers a range of strategies for engaging with research material.

Robert Romanyshyn was the first non-analyst elected as an Affiliate Member of The Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts based upon his scholarly contributions to Jungian psychology. A Fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, he co-founded in 1972 an interdisciplinary program in existential-phenomenological psychology and literature at the University of Dallas. In 1991 he moved to Pacifica Graduate Institute to create an interdisciplinary doctoral program in clinical psychology with an emphasis on depth psychology.

In this episode we explore how the PhD researcher is chosen by their topic.

Robert explains the idea of ‘unfinished business’ within the research.

We also talk about how doing a PhD is like falling in love!

Some further reading Robert suggests is:

Bachelard, G  Poetics of Reverie, London: Beacon Press, 1992

Goodchild, V Eros and Chaos, New York: Hays, 2004.

Romanyshyn, R The Wounded Researcher: Making a Place for Unconscious Factors in the Research Process (2010), The Humanistic Psychologist, 38 (4), 275-304. 

You can connect with Robert via his website: RobertRomanyshyn.com.

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