Jean Houston



For the last thirty years, philosopher and educator, Jean Houston, has been in the forefront of efforts to bring new knowledge from psychology and neuroscience into education and human development programs. She has taught at universities throughout the United States and in many other countries. Dr.Houston has worked with governmental agencies and the United Nations and has been a keynote speaker at innumerable conferences and gatherings of business, scientific, educational and other leaders.

Her close association with the late anthropologist Margaret Mead encouraged her interest in the workings of social and political organizations of many different cultures. With mythologist Joseph Campbell, she frequently co-led seminars and workshops aimed at understanding interrelationships between ancient myths and modern societies.

She is author or co-author of 15 books in areas ranging from mythology and psychobiography to applications of her own and others' research in neural and sensory re-education, creativity and innovative education. She has been for three decades, the director of the Foundation for Mind Research, first in New York City and now in Pomona, New York.

Her specialty is in the development and application of multiple methods of increasing physical and mental skills, learning and creativity. She has presented the results of her work and studies in her books, as well as in person through speeches and conferences at educational institutions and business organizations in over 40 countries. An Advisor to UNICEF in human and cultural development, she worked to implement some of their extensive educational and health programs, primarily in Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh.

Among her books are The Possible Human, Search for the Beloved, Public Like a Frog, The Hero and The Goddess, Godseed, Life Force, Listening to the Body, Manual for the Peacemaker, The Passion of Isis and Osiris, and her autobiography, A Mythic Life.

Dr. Houston is a past President of Association for Humanistic Psychology.

She holds a B.A. from Barnard College and a Ph.D.
from Union Graduate School.


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