Steven Herrmann

Release: October 2020, 360 pp

Praise from Murray Stein:


Steven Herrmann is one of those rare individuals who can brilliantly bring intellectual prowess and visionary depth together in a graceful dance of prose and poetry.


In this work he presents the many crossovers and parallels between two similarly gifted thinkers, C. G. Jung and William James.


A comparative study of these two giants of modernity is long overdue, and Steven Herrmann is perfectly prepared to cover this match in all its splendor.


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Steven Herrmann, Ph.D., MFT, is a Jungian analyst practicing in Oakland, California, and an analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He has lived and worked in the Bay Area his whole life.


He is interested in the historical roots of analytical psychology and its relevance for today, vocational dreams, sandplay, synchronicity, the psychology of Yoga, and spirituality.


Steven is also a Jungian literary critic and a scholar in the fields of American poetry, Jamesian pragmatism, analytic psychology, and spirituality.


Dr. Herrmann has presented papers at the C. G. Jung Institutes of San Francisco, Chicago, and Zurich, and he has published five books that have been well received, nationally and internationally.

His analytic research has focused on the subject of vocational dreams as doorways to the self, an idea that came to him while he was meandering through the hallways of Yale Divinity School, before delivering a talk entitled, “C. G. Jung’s Vision of Spiritual Democracy,” during the Summer of 2015―at the same University, coincidentally, where William James and C. G. Jung both lectured. His interest in James began while he was a teaching assistant at the University of Santa Cruz, where he first read James’s 1902 book The Varieties of Religious Experience. It is not theology, doctrine, or religious dogma that interests Steven most as an author, but similar to James and Jung, it is the phenomenology of spiritual experience, plain and simple: the pragmatic, analytic, scientific view of the psyche, and its self-path towards health, healing, wholeness, and human love.


Steven is the happy father of a son and a husband. He loves to garden, cook, hike, swim, run, write, and water redwood trees. He has a private practice in Oakland, California.

other books by Steven Herrmann

(2018) Emily Dickinson: A Medicine Woman for Our Times. Cheyenne, WY.: Fisher King Press.

2016) William Everson:  The Shaman’s Call, Expanded Edition. New York:  Eloquent Books.

(2014). Spiritual Democracy: The Wisdom of Early American Visionaries for the Journey Forward.

Foreword by John Beebe. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books (Sacred Activism Series).

(2010) Walt Whitman: Shamanism, Spiritual Democracy, and the World Soul.

            Durham:  Eloquent Books.

(2009) William Everson: The Shaman’s Call. New York: Eloquent Books.



“Spiritual Democracy” (on James and Jung)

Santa Fe Jung Institute Extended Education Program

October 10th, 2020



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