New interview: Body Therapy and The Embodied Life with Stanley Keleman


Spring 2007 issue of the USA Body Psychotherapy Journal honoring Stanley Keleman for his lifework


New CD and DVD of Stanley Keleman’s presentations in England and Germany 


New DVD:
Emotional Anatomy

New Book:
Maturity, Solitude, Intimacy


Myth & The Body: A Colloquy with Joseph Campbell
In 1973, two pioneers in their respective fields---Stanley Keleman and Joseph Campbell---began to hold what would be fourteen annual seminars, to trade their thoughts on the subject of mythology and the body.
This recently published book, Myth & the Body, is based largely on the transcriptions from these years of taped seminars. Campbell and Keleman shared the belief that myths describe the experiences of the body and, in fact, are metaphors for internal body states.
Stanley Keleman says in the introduction, "Myths serve a practical function. They enable people to organize the experience of their own bodies. Myths are a collective dream of a culture and are no different than a personal dream."
Campbell, America's first comparative mythologist, asks, "Where do myths come from?" He views them as products of the human imagination and grounded in the energies of the body. Campbell retells the story of Parsifal, the medieval legend, as a somatic narrative of a youth from adolescence to mature adulthood. Myths educate us about how to tell our stories to others and how to understand the experiences that make a life.
Whether your interest lies in psychology or mythology--or both--you are sure to be fascinated by the connections forged by two original and celebrated thinkers.
ISBN 0-934320-17-9 paper (1999)       112 pages

Love: A Somatic View

An insightful analysis of the biological basis of love and individual patterns or styles of giving and receiving love. Includes case studies and suggestions for therapeutic intervention.
ISBN 0-934320-15-2 paper (1994)   96 pages

Patterns of Distress

This clinical study shows the process by which shock, trauma, abuse and neglect are embodied into individual somatic patterns of distress.
ISBN 0-934320-13-6 paper (1989) illustrated, case studies, 75 pages


A discussion of some of the somatic aspects of transference and counter transference and the relation of body forms to the therapeutic process.
ISBN 0-934320-11-X paper (1996)   diagrams, case studies, 131 pages

Embodying Experience

A companion volume to Emotional Anatomy, this book describes the methodology that accompanies Keleman's somatic theories. Using a systematic guide, the reader is encouraged to identify his own somatic patterns and to learn from his experience.
ISBN 0-934320-12-8 paper (1987)    108 pages

Emotional Anatomy

A landmark work that revisions both anatomy and psychology. It presents in depth how sadness, anger, fear and other emotions are physiologically organized. With 120 original drawings.
ISBN 0-934320-10-1 paper (1985)     176 pages

Your Body Speaks Its Mind

This book is about the emotional language and biological language of the body, which Keleman puts together. He says, "We do not have bodies, we are our bodies. Emotional reality and biological ground are the same and cannot, in any way, be separated or distinguished." Life incarnate is a process of individual human experience manifesting in the body.
ISBN )-934320-01-2 paper                 192 pages

Somatic Reality

Transitions--crises-changes, and turning points--are part of each human life and they include bodily transitions and experience. How life changes are expressed somatically is the theme of Somatic Reality.
ISBN 0-934320-05-5 paper (1979)     128 pages

Human Ground/Sexuality, Self and Survival

This is Keleman's first book and the one which covers the most basic aspects of his work and philosophy. In a style that quickly engages the reader, he weaves a picture of human form and experience--the many ways people take on self-definition. Short, concise chapters include many case histories and therapeutic dialogues from Keleman's workshops.
ISBN 0-934320-02-0 paper (1971)     195 pages

Living Your Dying

Formerly published by Random House and now in its sixth printing, Keleman's popular book examines attitudes toward dying, styles of dying, and styles of living.
ISBN 0-934320-09-8 paper (1974)      158 pages

In Defense of Heterosexuality

With the separation in modern times of reproduction from sexuality, the essential reality of male and female becomes confused as well as ideas about the development of gender, sexual identity and emotions. Keleman puts these issues in a biological-somatic perspective
ISBN 0-934320-06-3 paper (1982)      100 pages

Spring 2007 issue of the USA Body Psychotherapy Journal honoring Stanley Keleman for his lifework.

This double issue devoted to Keleman's work contains twenty four articles including five new articles by Keleman along with eighteen original and informative articles from colleagues around the world illustrating the practical application of Formative Psychology™ in psychotherapy, medicine, neurobiology, acupuncture, organizational development, literature, poetry and personal growth. It is an excellent resource for individuals and for teaching programs.

New interview: Body Therapy and The Embodied Life with Stanley Keleman


Interview with Stanley Keleman by John Vasconcellos (4-12-2011):

The Mystery of Embodiment hosted by Meridian University


New CD and DVD of Stanley Keleman’s presentations in England and Germany 

CD of Keleman’s talk to the European Association of Body Psychotherapy annual conference, Berlin, Germany, September 2007 where he was honored with a lifetime achievement award. The talk includes an introduction describing and summarizing his contributions to the field of body psychotherapy. 65 minutes    

DVD of the Keleman’s keynote talk, “The Organism as a Pulsatory Continuum”,
Breath of Life Osteopathic Conference, London, England. May 2007. 60 minutes  

Shapes of Depression and Panic- exercises
This is a 30 minute experiential video that shows how it is possible to learn to manage depression and panic. PAL version available.

Somatic-Emotional Therapy & Spirit and Soma (60 minutes)

An Interview with Jeffery Mishlove: Myth and the Body.



Bodying Practice 2000
Circle of Influence (2 CDs)
Descent Into Self
The Structure of Disappointment
The Structure of Humiliation
Inner Pulsation and Human Ground
The Structure of Worry
The Structure of Hurt
Somatic-Emotional Exercise Set (6 CDs)
The Structure of Looking and Knowing
The Structure of Seeking and Searching
The Structure of Protecting Yourself
The Structure of Being Right 
The Structure of Demanding
Forming Goodbye
The Organization of Dismissal


Protecting 2013
Seeking Attention and Availability 2013
Be Quiet 2013


Anger & Illness
Body & Maturity
Constitutional Dilemmas (including exercises)
Coping with Loss
Dreams & the Body
Family Body
Finding a Religious Ground
In Service of Life: Giving & Receiving
Love & Body
Patterns of Love
Myth & Body
Paranoia & Hysteria
Somatic Shapes, Somatic Sanity
Spirit of Embodiment