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Rosen, D.H. (2008). Romanyshyn, Robert D. The Wounded Researcher: Research with Soul in Mind. New Orleans, LA: Spring Journal Books 2007. Pp. xii + 386. Pbk. $24.95.. J. Anal. Psychol., 53(2):288-290.

(2008). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 53(2):288-290

Romanyshyn, Robert D. The Wounded Researcher: Research with Soul in Mind. New Orleans, LA: Spring Journal Books 2007. Pp. xii + 386. Pbk. $24.95.

Review by:
David H. Rosen

Edited by:
Linda Carter and Marcus West

This groundbreaking book is about the actual meaning of the word psychology, that is, the study of the soul. Romanyshyn says, ‘psychology has a complex about soul, and in this complex relation, its language is a symptomatic expression that both remembers and reveals the life of soul and forgets and conceals it’ (p. 26). He accurately portrays psychology as having lost its soul, and says that this is also the case with many of its researchers. As a researcher in the dark halls of academic psychology, I've been frustrated and saddened bythis current condition. As adoctor of the soul, I've invariably focused on the psyche, yet I've been forced by convention to work both sides of the street; so I've done a lot of research that is empirical and scientific, as well as humanistic and spiritual. Hence this book speaks to me. It bridges the gap between science and art, head and heart, mind and soul, university and monastery. Romanyshyn states, ‘Re-search as a vocation is a spiritual process …a journey of transformation’.

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