"Do not worry about what the world wants of you. Worry about what makes you come alive because what the world needs is people who are more alive."
Lawrence LeShan, Ph.D., is a psychologist and parapsychologist. He is a leading pioneer in the exploration of meditation and is internationally acclaimed for his extensive research in the psychological factors of cancer patients, for which he has been dubbed “The father of mind-body medicine”.
Dr. LeShan is a bestselling author and has written a wide-ranging series of books on science, medicine, and psychology. He has published sixteen books, including Cancer As A Turning Point and How to Meditate (which have both become classics in their fields), andYou Can Fight for Your Life, an early work about psychology and cancer. His books have been translated into fourteen languages. He has also published approximately 100 papers in numerous professional journals including the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorders, American Archive of Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychotherapy, Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, and numerous other professional journals.
Dr. LeShan has directed several research projects, and received professional awards: the Normal Cousins Award for Development of Human Relations in Psychology and Medicine, the Center for Integrative Cancer Therapies Award for Advancing Patient Participation in Their Own Treatment, the Pathfinder Award from the Association of Humanistic Psychology, and the Gardener Murphy Award.
Originally a skeptic in his attitude to paranormal phenomena, Dr. LeShan devoted some 500 hours to testing the famous psychic Eileen Garrett and was particularly impressed by her powers in the field of psychometry. He also produced a special study of psychic healing and since 1970 has held training seminars in New York for psychologists and students. Dr. LeShan is a member of the American Psychical Research Society and has written a number of articles for its publication.
Lawrence LeShan, Ph.D., born September 8, 1920, in New York City. He holds a B.A. from College of William and Mary, an M.S. from the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. from University of Chicago. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-46 and 1950-52. He has served as the chief of the department of psychology at the Institute of Applied Biography in New York (1954-64) and as a research associate at the Ayer Foundation, Inc., New York (1954-70).