ABOUT DAMIÁN RUIZ
Director of the IPITIA (International Psychological Institute of Barcelona) Professor of the master’s degree in analytical psychology at the Jung Institute and the UAB He was an associate professor in the Department of Personality of the Faculty of Psychology of the UB Author of two psychology books: «How to stop, or make me stop, cocaine.» (Ed.Áltera) and «Free the monkey, rescue the princess» (Ed.Oriocc), from various literary works as well as dozens of articles in different media. He has treated patients at an international level, people who have come to his practice in Barcelona from different parts of the world to do intensive therapeutic work, especially serious cases that are assumed to be chronic or unsolvable due to their medical-psychological environment. I was born in Barcelona, in November 1964, in the San Antonio neighborhood. I graduated in Psychology at the University of Barcelona, in which I later did a postgraduate degree, and of which I was an associate professor (thanks Dr. Mercedes Torres for the opportunity and support), later I began my training as a Jungian Analyst, which included a Master in Analytical Psychology at the Ramón LLull University of Barcelona. I am currently a member of the Institut Carl G. Jung of Barcelona and of the IAAP (International Association for Analytical Psychology).
When I was a student, I read Jung’s «The Origin of Psychoses» and it was such an impression on me that I decided to follow that theoretical line until I became an analyst.
I like to write theater (some of my works have been professionally released), photography, contemporary art, cinema and musicals, especially classics. I do boxing, little but I do it. I am a pescetarian (ovolactovegetarian plus fish), among other reasons for a question of ethics towards animals.
I believe in economic freedom, in equal opportunities, in a country with strong institutions and in social justice. I am concerned about poverty and discrimination against people, whatever the reason.
Paris and New York are my favorite cities, but I deeply admire British culture and society.
I defend the individual (that is why I am writing this section) and their ability to create their own life and work on their destiny, as well as their belonging to communities where they feel free and respected, be it the family or others of free choice.
But above all, what I am most passionate about is helping people get out of psychic and emotional suffering, and I believe that my capacity for dedication and involvement is considerable. I do not judge lives or ideas, which can be completely opposite to mine, and I only question them if they generate pain or imbalance both to the same person and to others.
I am a non-practicing believer, and although it is difficult to justify the idea of God, I have a strong enough faith that I have not questioned it under any circumstances, but obviously I never try to convince anyone of it.
I am bilingual Spanish-Catalan, and I speak French and English.
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