Scrooge Transformed with Joseph D. Cusumano, Ph.D.

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Through a series of synchronistic experiences, Joseph Cusumano was compelled to read, re-read and ultimately re-interpret Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol. Cusumano sees the story as much more than a heartwarming Christmas fable, and believes it offers keys to a spiritual rebirth. We all have a bit of Scrooge inside us, and it's time we took off our hats to the hero Scrooge became. Even more importantly, we need to face how children are being treated today, so that we may awaken our compassion toward them like the compassion Scrooge felt when he saw himself as a little boy, abandoned and alone. As Scrooge found out, it's a sad thing to die unloved and alone but, as Cusumano points out, "What a wonderful thing to die if you're a person who has lived the life of a true man. For a true man, good deeds flow from the wound." (hosted by Michael Toms)


Cusumano is a licensed therapist who runs a private practice mental health office specializing in psychospiritual growth, and a high school literature teacher.

He is the author of:

  • Transforming Scrooge: Dickens' Blueprint for a Spiritual Awakening (Llewellyn 1996)

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How to transform the Scrooge inside you
  • Comparing Scrooge's transformation to a kundalini experience
  • Analyzing Scrooge's chakras from a modern psychological viewpoint
  • Why Christmas is such an ideal time for Dickens' tale
  • How re-interpreting A Christmas Carol changed Cusumano's life
  • The significance of money in the Scrooge story
  • Comparing Scrooge's experience to modern near-death experiences
  • Dickens' prophecy for our times
  • How ignoring abuse of our children is crippling our society today
  • Focusing on Scrooge the hero rather than Scrooge the bad guy
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 9/19/1997        Program Number: 2660