Stanley Keleman
Founder & Director

November 1931 - August 2018

Center for Energetic Studies
Center Press
2045 Francisco Street
Berkeley, California 94709



1. Dreams: A Formative Perspective $20
Stanley Keleman, (1931-2018), author, founder and developer of Formative Psychology©, talks to Leila Cohn, founder director of the Centro de Psicologia Formativa© do Brasil (Brazilian Center of Formative Psychology©), about his Formative view of dreams. In his words: "The dream is a way the body talks to itself about its dilemmas and the means by which it can rehearse different action patterns about situations that require another way of behaving. It's not a symbolic representation. The real intention of dreaming is to be able to change how we act in different situations".

2. Quantum Dynamics in the Human Experience $20
Stanley Keleman interviewed about his vision of the quantum process in the human experience. Keleman had been developing his innovative vision of the human embodied process for over 50 years and in his last years he started his research on quantum dynamics applied to the bodily processes. In his words: "Quantum mechanics is about how we function as a wave, how we function in the field of particles. This is very similar to how the organism is organizing how it is in the world and making discrete actions possible that are part of a pattern, it is about understanding how we make contact which is an event in which we are in the wave of feeling or motion. Quantum dynamics allows you to expand the field of human experiencing. And that is my interest."

3. Living Your Older Age $20
Stanley Keleman talks about his vision of the Aging Process, in his words: "Aging is a learning process, not a loss. I do not call it a loss when the body is changing its structure. In fact, we need less muscle mass when our metabolic activity slows down. A change in energy or attention doesn't mean that something is lost, it means that we have a challenge to use ourselves differently. And that is a big difference!"

4. Vivendo o Nosso Envelhecimento $20
Stanley Keleman (1931-2018), criador da Psicologia Formativa© em Berkeley, California e autor de Anatomia Emocional entre outros titulos, realizou o projeto "Entrevistas com Stanley Keleman" com Leila Cohn, diretora fundadora do Centro de Psicologia Formativa© do Brasil. Nesta entrevista Keleman fala sobre maturidade, longevidade e envelhecimento sob o olhar da Psicologia Formativa. Nas suas palavras: "Envelhecer é um processo de aprendizagem, não uma perda, eu não chamo de perda quando o corpo está mudando sua estrutura. A medida que adquirimos anos de vida, há mudanças no metabolismo, na memória e na experiência de tempo. Ser mais velho requer aprender a comportar-se de um modo diferente, dando suporte à estrutura muscular que está presente no momento, ao invés de tentar imitar como você costumava ser anteriormente. Isto requer formar novas memórias e novos modos de ser no mundo.

Spring 2017 Interview with Stanley Keleman for AAP journal Voices

Living Our Older Age - text adapted from an interview with Leila Cohn July 2015

Video interviews with Stanley Keleman by Leila Cohn, 2012 - 2015
(Brazilian Center of Formative Psychology)

Quantum Dynamics in the Human Experience

The Formative Practice, Evolutionary Dynamic and Quantum Mechanics

Entanglement and the Practice of Voluntary Muscular Effort

The Principle of Uncertainty in the Formative Process

The Cortex and the Quantum Process in the Body

Living Your Older Age

Forming a Personal Aging
(Formando um Envelhecimento Pessoal)

Aging is a Learning Process
(Novos Comportamentos)

New Behaviors Form New Memories and a Sense of Future
(Envelhecer é um Processo de Aprendizagem)

Formative Concepts and Practice

Personal Evolution

The Formative Development of Voluntary Muscular Effort

Voluntary Muscular Effort as an Epigenetic Event

Slow Voluntary Muscular Effort Forms a Personal World

Voluntary Muscular Effort and Variations of Time

The Evolution of Voluntary Effort and the Body in the Brain

View of Reentry

On Dec. 8, 2012, Stanley Keleman discussed the embodied life with Eleanor Criswell, core faculty member of Meridian University. The conversation was a part of the university’s second annual Mystery of Embodiment summit. In this paper, Keleman elaborates on that interview and the principles of Formative Psychology.

You may listen to the interview and/or read an edited elaboration of the interview.



Stanley Keleman talked with Shrink Rap Radio host David Van Nuys
on August 10th, 2012 about "Creating an Embodied Life."

You may listen to the entire conversation, or in sections:

Creating an Embodied Life (full interview)

Part 1: A Rich and Fascinating Background

Part 2: Embodying: The Body You Shape

Part 3: Forming Thinking and Emoting

Part 4: Dreams and the Body

Part 5: Cortical and Cultural Evolution

Edited Transcription of this interview

A conversation between Stanley Keleman and John Vasconcellos, recorded on December 4th, 2011. It was part of a summit on The Mystery of Embodiment hosted by Meridian University.


Creative Conversations in Somatic Psychotherapy 2008

Charlotte Selver Oral History Project 2009

Depression and Panic with Terrance McLure