Episode #30: Jerome Bernstein

Jungian analyst Jerome Bernstein at his home office in Santa Fe, NM, on Dec. 29, 2017. Photo by Laura London.

Jerome S. Bernstein, MAPC, NCPsyA, is a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst in private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He earned his Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute of New York where he later served as vice-chairman. He is the founding president of the C.G. Jung Analysts Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area, and is now a senior faculty member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe.

Mr. Bernstein was an official in the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, has been a lobbyist on Capitol Hill and a consultant to the Mayor of New York and the governor of New Jersey, and has served on several White House task forces. In 1989 he published Power and Politics: The Psychology of Soviet-American Partnership which argues that psychology, especially depth psychology, must play a dramatic role in international relations if humanity is to avoid self-annihilation.

For more than 40 years he has worked extensively with the Navajo and Hopi people. His analytic work has been influenced by Navajo healing through his 23-year collaborative clinical work with a traditional Navajo Medicine Man. He is co-editor, along with Philip Deloria, of the groundbreaking book, C.G. Jung and the Sioux Traditions written by Vine Deloria, Jr. In the summer of 2011, Mr. Bernstein organized the first clinical seminar with Jungian analysts, a Navajo medicine man, and a Navajo cultural translator which was held on the Navajo reservation.

His latest book, Living in the Borderland: The Evolution of Consciousness and the Challenge of Healing Trauma, examines the psychological and clinical implications of the evolution of consciousness, looking at how the newly emerging Borderland consciousness bridges the mind-body divide, and it is the subject of this episode.

This interview was recorded in person in Mr. Bernstein's home office in Santa Fe on Friday, December 29, 2017. It's 01:09:26 long and 64 MB. You can listen to it right here in your browser or download it directly to your computer. This episode is also available on Apple PodcastsStitcher, and Google Play.


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"September 11th: Piercing Our Unconscious"  Inside Pages: In-Depth, C.G. Jung Society Seattle, April 2006


Living in the Borderland: The Evolution of Consciousness and the Challenge of Healing Trauma by Jerome Bernstein

The Symbolic Life by C.G. Jung; Vol. 18 of the Collected Works, includes the essay "Healing the Split"

Power and Politics: The Psychology of Soviet-American Partnership by Jerome Bernstein

The Interpretation of Dreams: The Complete & Definitive Text by Sigmund Freud

Civilization in Transition by C.G. Jung; Vol. 10 of the Collected Works, includes the essays "Mind and Earth" and "Archaic Man"

Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.G. Jung

The Red Book: Liber Novus by C.G. Jung

C.G. Letters, Vol. 2: 1951-1961  Includes Jung's correspondence with Miguel Serrano

Lucien Lévy-Bruhl  Amazon author page

Shared Realities: Participation Mystique and Beyond  "Healing Our Split: Participation Mystique and C.G. Jung," by Jerome Bernstein

Speaking of Jung, Ep. 6: Mark Winborn  Clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst, and editor of the book, Shared Realities

Taos Pueblo  Taos, New Mexico


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Non-Shamanic Native American Healing  Psychological Perspectives: A Journal of Global Consciousness, Vol. 57, No. 2, 2014

Guest Editor:  Native American Cultures and the Western Psyche: A Bridge Between  Spring Journal, Vol. 87, Summer 2012

Marked By Fire: Studies of the Jungian Way  "My Second Tallit"

On the Edge: Borderland Consciousness and Avatar – An Emergent Myth of Our Time  Quadrant, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2011

Penetrating the Archetypal Dilemma of Racism  Psychological Perspectives: A Journal of Global Consciousness, Vol. 27, 1992

Victory in Iraq? A Question of Moral Consciousness  Psychological Perspectives: A Journal of Global Consciousness, Vol. 24, 1991

Power and Politics in the Thermonuclear Age: A Depth-Psychological Approach  Quadrant, Vol. 18, No. 2, 1985

Jung, Jungians and the Nuclear Peril  Psychological Perspectives: A Journal of Global Consciousness, Vol. 16, No.1, 1985

This episode is dedicated to the Navajo, Hopi, and Pueblo people.