Ira Progoff


Born
in The United States
August 02, 1921

Died
January 01, 1998

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Influences
Carl Gustav Jung


The former director of Dialogue House, Dr. Ira Progoff has worked toward a dynamic, humanistic psychology as private therapist, lecturer, and group leader. He has served as Bollingen Fellow and as Director of the Institute for Research in Depth Psychology at Drew University. He was a leading authority on C.G. Jung, depth psychology and transpersonal psychology as well as journal writing.

Dr. Progoff completed his doctoral dissertation on the psychology of C.G. Jung from the New School for Social Research in New York City. His thesis was published in 1953 as Jung's Psychology and Its Social Meaning. He is best known for his development of the Intensive Journal® Program and the Process Meditation method.

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At a Journal Workshop

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Jung, Synchronicity and Hum...

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Practice of Process Meditat...

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The White Robed Monk: As an...

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The Well and the Cathedral:...

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Depth Psychology and Modern...

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Life-Study: Experiencing Cr...

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Jung's Psychology and Its S...

3.75 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1953 — 11 editions
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The Symbolic & the Real: A ...

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The Death and Rebirth of Ps...

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More books by Ira Progoff…
The Cloud of Unknowing was written by someone who was exceedingly tough-minded in the sense in which William James used the phrase. He was most unsentimental, matter of fact, and down to earth; and he regarded this habit of mind as a prerequisite for the work in which he was engaged. He proceeded upon the belief that when an individual undertakes to bring his life into relation to God, he is embarking upon a serious and demanding task, a task that leaves no leeway for self-deception or illusion. It requires the most rigorous dedication and self-knowledge. The Cloud of Unknowing is therefore a book of strong and earnest thinking. It makes a realistic appraisal of the problems and weaknesses of individual human beings, for it regards man's imperfections as the raw material to be worked with in carrying out the discipline of spiritual development.”
Ira Progoff, The Cloud of Unknowing

“Let everyone beware lest he presume to take it upon himself to criticize and condemn other men's faults without his having been truly touched within by the Holy Spirit in his work. Otherwise he may very easily err in his judgments. Beware therefore. Judge yourself as seems right to you between yourself and your God, and let other men alone.”
Ira Progoff, The Cloud of Unknowing