Short BiographieClaudio Naranjo studied medicine, music, and philosophy in Chile, where he also was a resident at the University of Chile Psychiatric Clinic under Matte-Blanco. He taught the psychology of art at the Catholic University and social psychiatry at the School of Journalism, University of Chile, and served as Director of the Center for Studies in Medical Anthropology.
After coming to live in the United States, Dr. Naranjo was among the staff of the early stages of Esalen Institute, where he became one of the three successors to Fritz Perls. Later his life's pilgrimage brought him in contact with various spiritual masters including Swami Muktananda, Idries Shah, Oscar Ichazo, Suleyman Dede, H.H. the XVIth Karmapa, and, most decisively, Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche.
He was also Research Associate at the Institute for Personality Assessment and Research on the Berkeley Campus and associate of Raymond Cattell at the Institute of Personality and Ability Testing. He has taught comparative religion at the California Institute of Asian Studies, humanistic psychology at the University of California in Santa Cruz, meditation at Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, California, and he was the founder of SAT Institute, an integrative psycho-spiritual school.
Dr. Naranjo is the honorary president of two Gestalt Institutes, Fellow of the Institute of Cultural Research in London, and member of the U.S. Club of Rome. He is considered one of the pioneers of the Human Potential Movement, and his introduction of "Fourth Way" ideas to psychotherapy is an instance of his work as an integrator at the interface between psychotherapy and the spiritual traditions. At present he is primarily dedicated to an integrative and transpersonal education of psychotherapists in various European and South American countries.
Claudio Naranjo's published works include The One Quest (Viking Press, 1972), The Psychology of Meditation (Penguin, 1972), The Healing Journey (Pantheon Books, 1974), La Vieja y Novisima Gestalt: Actitud y Practica (Editorial Cuatro Vientos, 1990), Ennea-type Structures (Gateways Books, 1991), Gestalt Therapy: The Attitude and Practice of an Atheoretical Experientialism (Gateways Books, 1993), Gestalt After Fritz (published by Era Naciente, 1993, as Gestalt sin Fronteras), The End of Patriarchy and the Dawning of a Tri-une Society (Dharma Enterprises, 1994, and Kairos, 1993, as La Agonia del Patriarcado), Ennea-types in Psychotherapy (Hohm Press, 1994) and Los Males del Mundo, los Males del Alma (The World Problematique and the Love Crisis, forthcoming from Planeta).