Houston, Jean (1939– )
Professor of psychology, formerly an actress and New York
City Drama Critics award-winning playwright. She was born
May 10, 1939. Houston taught at Columbia University and the
New York School of Social Research. She collaborated with her
husband, Robert E. L. Masters, on the book The Varieties of Psychedelic
Experience (1966). Together the couple organized the
Foundation for Mind Research in New York in 1964 to conduct
experiments on the borderland between mental and psychical
experiences.
Jean Houston received negative media attention in 1996 for
her work with Hillary Clinton. She was attacked by her contemporaries
as a medium attempting to channel the likes of Eleanor
Roosevelt and Ghandi, when in fact Houston’s technique
resembled more a brainstorming session. This is a session in
which the patient explores the inner self through various exercises.
Clinton was merely creating imaginary conversations with
such individuals. Bob Woodward in his 1996 book, The Choice,
brought the sessions to the attention of the general public. In
the wake of the Clinton scandal, Houston continued to author
books (A Passion for the Possible A Guide to Realizing Your Full Potential,
1997) while reclaiming her position as a respected psychologist
in the field of human potential.
Sources
Houston, Jean. Lifeforce. New York Delacorte Press, 1980.
———. The Search for the Beloved Journeys in Sacred Psychology.
Los Angeles Jeremy P. Tarcher, 1987.
Masters, Robert E. L., and Jean Houston. Listening to the
Body. New York, Delacorte Press, 1978.
———. Mind Games The Guide to Inner Space. New York Viking,
1972.
———. A Passion for the Possible. San Franciso Harper San
Francisco, 1998.
———. Passion of Isis and Osiris. New York Ballantine Publishing
Group, 1998.
———. The Possible Human. Upland, Penn. DIANE Publishing
Co., 1998.
———. The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience. New York
Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1966.

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