Robert M. Black

RP, Jungian Analyst

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About Me

 

I was born and educated in Canada, and have lived for extended periods in Saskatchewan, Quebec, and Toronto. From a very early time, I showed interest in “the ancestors.” Symbolically, one can understand that as the unconscious; or epigenetically, as the influence in life of “active” psychological factors from one’s background. But of course I first understood it as a tangible curiosity about dead forebears, and through that pursuit came to love history, heraldry, genetics, and story. All good stuff, and all good preparation for analytical work.

The notion that a healthy psyche demonstrates an aspect of “effortless doing” (Wu Wei as it’s known in Taoism) resonates strongly with me.

Likewise, as I began to move in the world, I found myself as drawn to science fiction and notions of possibility or the future. Part of this was my elated realization that any and all of us can create a wonderful future – who’s to say that the mind that incubates a great, new notion won’t be mine, or yours? – but partly also from the realization that modern life is pretty confusing and a lot of people are suffering because, as Jung wrote in his memoirs, “we have plunged down a cataract of progress which sweeps us on into the future with ever wilder violence the farther it takes us from our roots." (C. G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Chapter 8)

So I find myself balancing opposites that really don’t enjoy working with each other!

In the thought of C. G. Jung, I found a place where all this and more came together. After an initial analysis in Montreal in the 1970s, I came to undertake a full time analysis in Toronto from 1994, during which time the first analyst training programme in the country was established by the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts. I entered their first class, in 2000, and was the fifth graduate, in 2007. I became a senior (training) analyst in 2012. After the Psychotherapy Act (Ontario) was proclaimed in 2014, I was registered (#001600) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

 

Everything strives towards its own wholeness.

C. G. Jung, Letters, volume 2, 23 Apr 1949.