“The City Elder”, Academician Vladeta Jerotić speaks about St Isaac the Syrian and our modern time


He is 91 year old and still gives lectues to a large audience in cities all over Serbia. He is considered to be an “urban Elder of Mount Athos” because of his wisdom, experience and unjudging love he shows for every person who approaches him.

Prof. Vladeta Jerotic is a writer, psychiatrist and Jungian psychologist. He was born in 1924 in Belgrade, The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, at the time. He is one of the most influential figures in Serbian and regional culture. His works deal with psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, theology and literature.

In 2000, he was elected as a member of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in the Department of Language and Literature.He was also a full professor at the Faculty of Theology, University of Belgrade, teaching the pastoral psychology.

Metropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana Porfirije (Peric) said about him:

Vladeta Jerotic is so favourite among people because he is a man of authentic Christian love. He is immensely vast. He rejects no one, judges no one. He understands and accepts everyone. He sees the potential good and gives a chance to everybody. Besides, he is one of the rare classical erudite scholar in Serbia, but at the same time he is so simple and approachable. In the time of hopelessness and loneliness, he comforts and caresses everyone. People recognise this. In the times of the truth deficit, he has been shown and proved to be a true, not a false, man. That is why he liberates and relaxes people. May God grant us more people like him.“

In the first part of the interview from 2004, prof. Jerotic talks about the meaning of knowing oneself, the conscious and the unconscious mind, faith in Christ and individualization as well as types of fear.

Prof. Vladeta Jerotic:

Dynamic psychology confirmed to a large extent the great difficulty in knowing oneself. A person is assured that he knows himself. Almost everyone is. However, we can say today with reliable arguments that a man hardly knows himself. That is a classical psychoanalytical teaching that a person, his psychological being, consists of a huge circle, that is the unconscious mind, and a small circle, the conscious mind.The conscious mind is very significant as the ‘ I ‘ principle is located there. Having the ‘ I ‘ makes us free as well as responsible persons. However, it depends on the ‘ I ‘ principle and the freedom that it has, given from God, how we will use it to discover the unconscious parts of ourselves.”

For Christians and Christian nations there is no salvation without Christ. There is no salvation without knowing oneself…Knowing oneself according to the equivalent of the Greek word ‘salvation’ (soteria) means to be whole. To be whole is an expression of the process of individualization by C.G. Jung. Knowing oneself with all painful contents. There is no individualization without it.”