Robin B. Zeiger, Ph.D.

Does your therapist make mistakes? If the answer is a resounding yes, I have a smile on my face.

It is important that therapists are less than perfect and in touch with their humanity. Many moons ago, I learned in my own personal analysis, it is often important not to say “I am sorry”

I reserve this simple phrase for errors that are a part…

Robin B. Zeiger, Ph.D.

It is more than a decade since I savored Maple Brown Cow Yogurt. I think my tastebuds still remember. I remember the anticipation of opening the yogurt to find the layer of whole fat resting atop. With care, I mixed the top slowly into the maple flavoring.

Robin B. Zeiger, Ph.D.

Even though I was an avid reader as a child, there are some classics I somehow missed. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery was one of those. If you have not yet read it, I highly recommend the experience. The fox teaches the little prince…

Robin B. Zeiger, Ph.D.

When day comes, we ask ourselves, where we can find light in this never-ending shade?

The Hill We Climb, Amanda Gorman

Sometimes I imagine visiting with a personal heroine or hero. I would truly love to invite Amanda Gorman to sit with me on my terrace and have coffee. …

Robin B. Zeiger, Ph.D.

The journey to dreamland and back can be amazing and fantastical, as well as confusing and terrifying. Most young children arrive at a stage where they suddenly become frightened of the monsters of the night and they wake up screaming and/or crying.

After over three decades as a child and adult psychologist, I am convinced, we bear an important and sacred responsibility. We must accompany our children into the world of dreams and help them navigate this rich world. With our eyes and our wisdom, it is important to help children befriend their dream characters of the night.

This growing ability to…

Meeting the Shadows with Ethiopian Artist Tigist Yoseph Ron

Robin B. Zeiger, Ph.D.

I find myself busy these days with what emerges from the shadows. Again, and again, I find myself shaking my head and saying, “We just don’t know.”

Our reality of a world turned upside down is filled with shadows and doubt. Sometimes, in the shadows we find what is more real than is discovered in the bright light of day. Sometimes we see more clearly in the shade. Here, I am grateful to a rare “meeting” with the heart and soul of an award-winning Ethiopian artist, Tigist Yoseph Ron. Her eyes and hands and insight touched me deep inside, in the place beyond words.

Recently, in-between two COVID-19 lockdowns in my country, I experienced…

Robin B. Zeiger, Ph.D.

The other day, I somehow unwittingly “stole” a tree from my meditation group. First, I was perplexed, Then I had to laugh. And finally, I was deeply moved by my accidental theft.

The story began on a much-needed vacation up north. Earlier this summer, my husband…

Robin B. Zeiger, Ph.D.

I am grateful for images. To me, good images are worth a thousand words. I am a Jungian psychoanalyst, a sandplay therapist, and writer. Thus, I work and thrive in the world of myths, art, and creativity. That which is beyond words is often pregnant with…

Robin B. Zeiger, Ph.D.

I remember from my teen years the refrain, “Have you hugged a tree today?” I have a new refrain, “Have you mediated in front of a tree this morning?” And if I succeed in opening my day with meditation, my world is a better place.


Robin B. Zeiger, Ph.D.

This afternoon I had to smile when I almost “ran “into the ice cream truck. These days we all need to remember to smile. It is not always so easy in the face of a scary pandemic that has touched every part of our lives. I…

Dr. Robin B. Zeiger

Robin B. Zeiger is a Jungian psychoanalyst and free-lance writer. She can be reached at

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