Progoff, Ira (1921–1998)
Jungian psychologist who has investigated areas of parapsychology.
Progoff was born on August 2, 1921, in New York City.
He studied at the New School for Social Research in the city
from which he received his Ph.D. in 1951. He was a Bollingen
fellow from 1952–58, during which time he spent a year in Zürich
as a lecturer at the Jung Institute (1953). In 1959 he became
the director of Institute for Research in Depth Psychology
at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. He was a member of
the Parapsychology Association, a member of the advisory
board of the Institute for Religion in an Age of Science, and a
member of the board of editors of Journal of Humanistic PsycholProceedings
of the Institute of . . . Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed.
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ogy. Progoff took a special interest in mediumship, psychedelics,
religious and creative experience, personality growth and
psychic sensitivity, and image-making at depth-psychological
levels. He also developed a system of Process Meditation, characterized
by the individuals’ use of an ‘‘Intensive Journal’’ to record
their progress. He organized Life Context Workshops and
published the National Intensive Journal at Dialogue House, 80
E. 11th St., New York, N.Y. 10003. His meditation system was
the subject of his book The Practice of Process Meditation (1980).
Progoff died December 28, 1998.
Sources
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.
Progroff, Ira, ed. The Cloud of Unknowing. N.p., 1957.
———. Death and Rebirth of Psychology. N.p., 1956.
———. Depth Psychology and Modern Man. N.p., 1959.
———. Jung’s Psychology and Its Social Meaning. N.p., 1953.
———. ‘‘Parapsychology in Modern Thinking.’’ International
Journal of Parapsychology 1, 1 (Summer 1959).
———. The Practice of Process Meditation. N.p., 1980.
———. The Symbolic and the Real. N.p., 1963.
———. ‘‘Transformation of Jewish Mysticism.’’ International
Journal of Parapsychology 2, 2 (Autumn 1960)

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