Marc Applebaum conducted this interview with Yannis Toussulis about the role that phenomenology, both descriptive and hermeneutic, plays in his clinical practice. It is the first in a series of conversations sponsored by PhenomenologyBlog. Yannis Toussulis received his PhD in Psychology from Saybrook Graduate School in 1995. His dissertation, supervised by Amedeo Giorgi, was entitled “Faith as A Lived-Experience: A Phenomenological Study.” He is a licensed psychotherapist (MFT #11962) who has been in private practice for over 35 years, and who currently lives in Emeryville, California. He taught Psychology, Mythology, Comparative Religion, and Culture Studies at Antioch University/West, where he served as Co-Director of the Consciousness Studies Program. He taught the psychology of intercultural conflict as an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of International Policy Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies for eleven years.
This lecture was presented in the poetry room, upstairs at City LIghts Bookstore, San Francisco on December 8th, 2013. This presentation includes a lecture on the Beat Generation’s contribution to religious heresy in America and the spiritual underpinnings of the hipster archetype. Additional references are made to the earlier romantic and transcendentalist roots of the Beats; and a panel will discuss the current influence of the Beats in literature, the arts, philosophy, psychology, and alternative approaches to spirituality. After the key presentation, a panel discussed the broader implications of what had been presented. Panelists included Dr. Marc Applebaum, Dr. Kirk Schneider, and Dr. Tony Stigliano.