About Jim Manganiello

I’m a depth psychologist, teacher and author. I'm a licensed clinical psychologist working in the depth psychology and depth therapy tradition. I have more than 35 years of experience doing depth therapy work. And I have worked in the Dzogchen contemplative science tradition for more than 30 years. My work uses both Jungian depth psychology and Dzogchen psychology. They make it possible to honor both spirit and soul.

In many ways, the two are interdependent. For example, each sees what the other misses. Together, they greatly deepen the possibilities for individuation, for awakening to who we truly are. 


I graduated from Boston University's College of Liberal Arts (1965-1968), A.B., as a psychology major. I studied under several academic scholarships.

In 1974 I received my doctorate at Boston University where I was directly admitted to doctoral candidacy under a full fellowship award, granted on the basis of outstanding promise for professional excellence.


I’m a Carnegie Medal of Honor award recipient, for saving the life of a young boy. “The Carnegie Hero Fund awards the Carnegie Medal to individuals in the United States and Canada who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree saving or attempting to save the lives of others.”


I have an associate professor academic rank. I taught psychology at university level for nine years., Five at Boston University and four at Leslie University’s Graduate School. I left university teaching to make more time for my depth psychotherapy practice, my writing and my work in the contemplative sciences.


My work delivers the knowledge, insights and skills people need to "break free" from the cage of unconscious conditioning. So they can individuate and awaken to a deep and meaningful life. I work to liberate people form the Materialistic Nightmare that plagues life today and causes so much suffering and calamity. 

Wassily Kandinsky, the father of abstract art, and an insightful depth psychologist as well, described the Materialistic Nightmare in his book Concerning the Spiritual in Art. In his words:

This all-important spark of inner life today is at present only a spark. Our minds, which are even now only just awakening after years of materialism, are infected with the despair of unbelief, of lack of purpose and ideal. The nightmare of materialism, which has turned the life of the universe into an evil, useless game, is not yet past; it holds the awakening soul still in its grip. Only a feeble light glimmers like a tiny star in a vast gulf of darkness. This feeble light is but a presentiment, and the soul, when it sees it, trembles in doubt whether the light is not a dream, and the gulf of darkness reality. (Kandinsky, Wassily. Concerning the Spiritual in Art. Dover Publications, 1977, P ii) 

When locked into our conditioning, the darkness seems very real. And the light is only a now and then flicker on the horizon. But when we individuate and we awaken to who we truly are, then we realize that the Light is indeed real, not the conditioned states of mind that doubt it.


My book Unshakable Certainty integrates elements of radical Dzogchen psychology practice into depth psychology.. And my book Your Creative Imagination. Unlocked. Become Who You Truly Are, was done in collaboration with celebrated abstract expressionist artist Frank Arnold. UNLOCKED explores the interface between great art and deep inner work, and for taking depth therapy to a new level. Including exploring the non-dual state as the basis for SEEING and experiencing authentic art images, vs just "looking" at them.