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Jean Houston

Jean Houston
Born (1937-05-10) May 10, 1937
New York City
Occupation Lecturer
Website .org.jeanhoustonwww

Jean Houston (born 10 May 1937) is an American author involved in the "human potential movement."[1]


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Controversy 3
  • Selected writings 4
  • Film and television appearances 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and education

Houston was born in New York City to Mary Todaro Houston who was of Sicilian descent, and Jack Houston who was related to Sam Houston of Texas.[2] Her father was a comedy writer who developed material for stage, television and the movies. His work required him, and the family, to move frequently. After the breakup of her parents' marriage, she spent her teen years in New York City.

Houston attended Barnard College in New York.

She subsequently got a Ph.D. in psychology from the online Union Graduate School and a Ph.D. in Religion from the online Graduate Theological Foundation.[3]


While participating in a government sanctioned research project on the effects of LSD (before such research was banned), Houston became acquainted with Robert Masters,[4] a writer and a researcher into the varieties of human behavior and potentials. The two married in 1965 and soon became known for their work in the Human Potential Movement. They established The Foundation for Mind Research.

Houston taught at Marymount College, Tarrytown from 1965 to 1972.[5] She was a lecturer at Hunter College for less than a year in 1961.[5]

In 1982, Houston began teaching a seminar based on the concept of "the ancient mystery schools."[6]


During the Clinton presidential years, Houston was invited by Hillary Clinton to work with her in the White House as an advisor while Clinton was writing her own book, It Takes a Village. Houston suggested an imaginary meeting between Clinton and the deceased Eleanor Roosevelt.[7]

Selected writings

Mystical Dogs: Animals as Guides to our inner Life Inner Ocean Publishing (2002) ISBN 1-930722-13-3

Jump Time: Shaping Your Future in a World of Radical Change Sentient Publications (2nd Ed. 2004) ISBN 1-59181-018-3

The Passion of Isis and Osiris: A Union of Two Souls Wellspring/Ballantine (1998) ISBN 0-345-42477-8

A Mythic Life: Learning to Live our Greater Story HarperSanFrancisco (1996) ISBN 0-06-250282-4

Manual for the Peacemaker: An Iroquois Legend to Heal Self (with Margaret Rubin) Quest Books (1995) ISBN 0-8356-0709-7

Public Like a Frog: Entering the Lives of three Great Americans Quest Books (1993) ASIN B0026SIU0G

The Hero and the Goddess: The "Odyssey" as Mystery and Initiation Ballantine Books (1992) ISBN 0-345-36567-4

Godseed: The Journey of Christ Quest Books (1988) ISBN 0-8356-0677-5

A Feminine Myth of Creation (with Diana Vandenberg, in Dutch) J.H. Gottmer (1988) ISBN 90-257-2118-4

The Search for the Beloved: Journeys in Mythology and Sacred Psychology Tarcher (2nd Ed. 1997) ISBN 0-87477-871-9

The Possible Human: A Course in Extending Your Physical, Mental, and Creative Abilities Tarcher (2nd. Ed. 1997) ISBN 0-87477-872-7

Life Force: The Psycho-Historical Recovery of the Self Quest Books (2nd. ed. 1993) ISBN 0-8356-0687-2

With Robert Masters

Mind Games Doubleday (1972) ISBN 0-385-28650-3

Listening to the Body: The Psychophysical Way to Health and Awareness Delta (1979) ISBN 0-385-28577-9

The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience Park Street Press (2000 edition) (1966) ISBN 0-89281-897-2

Film and television appearances


  1. ^ "Jean Houston Foundation". Jean Houston Foundation. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  2. ^ Houston, Jean 1996 A Mythic Life. New York: Harper Collins
  3. ^ "Meet Jean". Jean Houston. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  4. ^ "Robert Masters, husband of Jean Houston, has passed away. « ~ The Art Of Change ~". 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  5. ^ a b
  6. ^ Scott London, "On Soul, Shadow and the American Psyche: An Interview with Jean Houston," Salt Journal (November/December 1997), portions of this interview were broadcast on the NPR series "Insight & Outlook."
  7. ^ Anne-Marie O'Neill (1996-07-08). "'"Rare 'medium. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 

External links

  • Houston's official website
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