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Claudio Naranjo

Claudio Naranjo is a Chilean-born psychiatrist who is considered a pioneer in integrating psychotherapy and the spiritual traditions. One of the three successors named by Fritz Perls (the founder of Gestalt Therapy), a developer of the Enneagram of Personality and founder of the SAT (Seekers After Truth) Institute. He is the author of various books.

Naranjo was born on November 24, 1932, in Valparaiso. He grew up in a musical environment and after an early start at the piano he studied musical composition. Shortly after entrance to medical school, he stopped composing as he became more involved in philosophical interests. Important influences from this time were the Chilean visionary poet and sculptor Totila Albert, the poet David Rosenman Taub and the Polish philosopher Bogumil Jasinowski.

After another period at the University of Chile Medical School's Center of Medical Anthropology Studies and at the Instituto de Psicologia Aplicada, Naranjo returned once again to Berkeley and to IPAR, where he continued his activities as Research Associate. It is during this period of time that he became an apprentice of Fritz Perls and part of the early Gestalt Therapy community, where he began conducting workshops at Esalen Institute, as a visiting associate. He eventually became one of Fritz Perls' three successors (along with Jack Downing and Robert Hall).

Related websites

Fundacion Claudio Naranjo

Dr. Claudio Naranjo's personal website

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