Krippner, Stanley Curtis (1932– )
Psychologist and writer on parapsychology. Krippner was
born on October 4, 1932, at Edgerton, Wisconsin. He studied
at the University of Wisconsin (B.S., 1954) and Northwestern
University (M.A., 1957; Ph.D., 1961). After completing his education
he became the director of the Child Study Center at
Kent State University in Ohio. Such interests were reinforced
by contacts with parapsychologists J. B. Rhine and Gardner
Murphy during his undergraduate and graduate years. While
at Kent Krippner visited Rhine at Duke University and began
to conduct parapsychological experiments with the children
with whom he was working.
An internationally known humanistic psychologist, Krippner
has explored dreams, altered states of consciousness, and
paranormal phenomena for many years. His interest in such
things began as a teenager on a Wisconsin farm ‘‘When I was
about 14 years of age, I had a very dramatic sense of my uncle’s
death at the very time that my parents received a phone call announcing
his death. The effect of that was quite electrifying.
Also I was an avid science fiction reader and an amateur magician,
and all of these interests coalesced.’’
In 1964 Krippner left his position at Kent State University
to become director of the Dream Laboratory at Maimonides
Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. With Montague Ullman
and, later, Charles Honorton, Krippner spent ten years
in a systematic exploration of dreams, including ESP in dreams
and other altered states of consciousness. Interest in consciousness
studies in the early 1970s led him to explore psychedelic
drugs, yoga, meditation, and other means of altering consciousness.
He also established contact and nurtured relationships with
European colleagues, and in 1973 he became the first parapsychologist
to become vice president for the Western Hemisphere
of the International Psychotronic Research Association.
He chaired sessions of the Psychotronic Congress in Czechoslovakia
in 1973 and in Monte Carlo in 1975 and became editor
of the international journal Psychoenergetic Systems.
In 1973 Krippner became a faculty member of the Institute
for Humanistic Psychology and more recently the director of
the Center for Consciousness Studies at Saybrook Institute in
San Francisco. Krippner has been recognized as one of the
most outstanding leaders in the parapsychological field. In
1973 he became president of the Parapsychological Association
and the following year began a tenure as president of the
Association for Humanistic Psychology. He also serves as ediEncyclopedia
of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Krippner, Stanley Curtis
tor-in-chief of Advances in Parapsychological Research A Biennial
Review. He has written extensively on parapsychology and related
consciousness and psychological subjects.
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Krippner, Stanley. Dreamworking How to Use Your Dreams for
Creative Problem Solving. Buffalo, N.Y. Bearly Ltd., 1988.
———. Human Possibilities Mind Exploration in the USSR and
Eastern Europe. Garden City, N.Y. Anchor PressDoubleday,
———. Psychoenergetic Systems The Interaction of Consciousness,
Energy, and Matter. New York Gordon and Breach Science
Publishers, 1979.
———. Song of the Siren A Parapsychological Odyssey. New
York Harper & Row, 1975.
Krippner, Stanley, and Daniel Rubin. Galaxies of Life The
Human Aura in Acupuncture and Kirlian Photography. Gordon &
Breach, 1973. Reprinted as The Kirlian Aura Photographing the
Galaxies of Life. Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday Anchor, 1974.
Reprinted as Energies of Consciousness Exploration in Acupuncture,
Auras, and Kirlian Photography. New York Interface, 1976.
Krippner, Stanley, and Sidney Cohen. LSD Into the Eighties.
N.p., 1981.
Krippner, Stanley, and A. Villoldo. The Realms of Healing.
Millbrae, Calif. Celestial Arts, 1976.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.
Ullman, Montague, and Stanley Krippner, with Alan
Vaughn. Dream Telepathy. New York Macmillan, 1973.

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