Meerloo, Joost A(braham) M(aurits)
(1903–1976)
Psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and writer on parapsychology.
He was born on March 14, 1903, at The Hague, Netherlands.
He was educated at Leyden University (M.D., 1927) and
Utrecht University (Ph.D., 1932). His appointments included
psychiatric-neurologic consultant, Municipal Hospital, Voorburg
and The Hague (1934–42); chief of the pychological department,
Netherlands Army (1943–45); and high commissioner
for welfare in the Netherlands (1945–46). He moved to
the United States after World War II as an associate in psychiatry
at Columbia University (1948–57). In 1958 he became a
professor of political science at the New School for Social Research
in New York City, then an associate professor of psychiatry
at the New York School of Psychiatry in 1962.
He was a member of Royal Society of Medicine, American
Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Psychoanalysis,
Schilder Society (secretary), Tokyo Institute for Psychoanalysis
(honorary member), and Albany Society for Psychosomatic
Medicine.
During the 1960s Meerloo was considered an influential
thinker in America. Besides his many books, he published over
300 articles on psychology, politics, and literature. Less known
was his interest and writings in parapsychology and his membership
in the American Society for Psychical Research. He
was also a corresponding member of the Studievereniging
voor Psychical Research (Dutch Society for Psychical Research).
He delivered a paper at the First International Conference
on Parapsychology in the Netherlands. His activity on behalf
of the paranormal came in the 1950s and 1960s. He died
November 17, 1976.
Sources
Meerloo, Joost A. M. ‘‘The Biology of Time.’’ Tomorrow (winter
1954).
———. Hidden Communion. New York Garrett Publications,
1964.
———. ‘‘Man’s Ecstatic Healing.’’ Tijdschrift voor Parapsychologie
27 (1959).
———. The Rape of the Mind The Psychology of Thought Control,
Menticide, and Brainwashing. N.p., 1956.
———. ‘‘Telepathy and Foreknowledge.’’ In Proceedings of
the First International Conference on Parapsychology. Utrecht,
1953.
———. ‘‘Telepathy as a Form of Archaic Communication.’’
Psychiatric Quarterly 23 (1949).
———. Unobtrusive Communication. Assen, The Netherlands
Van Gorcum, 1964.

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