On This Day … 24 November

People (Births)

  • 1932 – Claudio Naranjo, Chilean psychiatrist.
  • 1954 – Margaret Wetherell, English psychologist and academic.

Claudio Naranjo

Claudio Benjamín Naranjo Cohen (24 November 1932 to 12 July 2019) was a Chilean-born psychiatrist of Arabic/Moorish, Spanish and Jewish descent who is considered a pioneer in integrating psychotherapy and the spiritual traditions.

He was one of the three successors named by Fritz Perls (founder of Gestalt Therapy), a principal developer of Enneagram of Personality theories and a founder of the Seekers After Truth Institute.

He was also an elder statesman of the US and global human potential movement and the spiritual renaissance of the late 20th century.

He was the author of various books.

Margaret Wetherell

Margaret Wetherell (born 24 November 1954), is a prominent academic in the area of discourse analysis.

Her 1987 book, Discourse and Social Psychology: Beyond Attitudes and Behaviour, cowritten with Jonathan Potter, was very influential, particularly in social psychology, though also in other fields (e.g. Wood & Kroger, 2000).

While discourse analysis has many different meanings, Wetherell’s approach has been quite catholic in line with other anglophone discourse analysts like Gilbert & Mulkay (1984).

Wetherell is currently Professor of Social Psychology at the Open University in the United Kingdom, and in 2010/11 led a collaboration on identity funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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