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THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY

EILEEN JEANETTE VANCHO LYTTLE GARRETT

Eileen J. GarrettFoundation executive, writer, editor, medium. B. March 17, 1893, Beau park, County Meath, Ireland. d. September 15, 1970. M. 1908, Clive Barry (d.): 1 d., 2 s.; m. 1916, Garth Wilcox, (d.); m. 1918, J. W. Garrett (div.). Publisher, Creative Age Press, New York, 1941-52; publisher and editor, Tomorrow magazine (as a monthly of literary and public affairs, 1941-51; as a quarterly of psychic research, 1952-62); founder, president (1952 to present), Parapsychology Foundation, New York, N.Y.

Mrs. Garrett is one of the most active of contemporary mediums. A natural sensitive in her early youth, she developed her psychic capacities at first under the direction of James Hewat McKenzie (q. v.) at the British College of Psychic Science in the years 1924-28. McKenzie was a convinced spiritualist, however, and Mrs. Garrett found that her own approach to the meaning of psi phenomena was rather that of objective inquiry. In the years that followed, therefore, she took part in experiments directed toward an understanding of supernormal perception in which her own talents could be subjected to controlled scientific examination. "I have a gift, a capacity -- a delusion, if you will -- called 'psychic,'" Mrs. Garrett wrote in her book of personal memoirs, Adventures in the Supernormal (1943). "I have been called many things, from a charlatan to a miracle woman. I am, at least, neither of these."

The investigations in which Mrs. Garrett has participated over the years, in Great Britain, Europe and the United States, have covered nearly every major phase of parapsychology, and she has worked with some of the best know researchers of modern times. Invited to the United States by the American Society for Psychical Research in 1931, Mrs. Garrett visited Duke University at intervals (1932-38) for work under the guidance of William McDougall and J. B. Rhine (qq.v.). She took part in long-distance telepathy tests between San Diego and Newfoundland and San Diego and New York and in researh in automatic writing with the late psychiatrist Dr. Anita Muehl (1931); in research in mental mediumship (1931) with Dr. Hereward Carrington (q.v.); in mental mediumship with special attention to trance, with Dr. Adolph Meyer of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (1932); in investigation of spontaneous "paranormal" phenomena and a series of trance sittings with Dr. Alexis Carrel (1935, 1936); numerous research projects concerning poltergeist phenomena, including the so-called haunting at Ash Manor, England, with Dr. Nandor Fodor (q.v.); investigation of trance mediumship under the auspices of Dr. Elwood Worcester (q.v.) of the Boston Society for Psychic Research (1935, 1937); experiments in extrasensory perception at the Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke University (1942, 1943); a series of experiments (1949) under the direction of Dr. John Hays Hammond, assisted by Dr. Henry K. Puharich (q.v.); research in the nature of the unconscious at various European centers (since 1952).

Mrs. Garrett has made a special study of th apparent psychological, physiological and biochemical correlates of mediumistic and other psi phenomena. Although as a sensitive she is conscious of the widespread tendency to view mediumistic phenomena as indications of survival of human personality after death, she holds the view that other factors -- such as a tapping of race memory or the deep unconscious -- may be involved.

In 1951, to encourage organized research in psi, Mrs. Garrett after much hard work was able to set up the Parapsychology Foundation, which supports through grants impartial scientific inquiry into the total nature and workings of the human mind and makes the results of this research publicly available. The foundation sponsors inernational conferences in parapsychology and publishes the quarterly International Journal of Parapsychology as well as a bi-monthly newsletter, and a series of monographs on parapsychology.

Mrs. Garrett has written widely on parapsychological subjects. Her books in this field include My Life in Search for the Meaning of Mediumship (1938); Telepathy: In Search of a Lost Faculty (1941); Awareness (1943); Adventures in the Supernormal (1943); The Sense and Nonsense of Prophecy (1950); Life Is the Healer (1957). She was editor of Beyond the Five Senses: An Anthology from Tomorrow (1957), an Does Man Survive Death? (1957); and co-author of Man the Maker (1946). Under the pen name Jean Lyttle, Mrs. Garrett is author of the novels Today the Sun Rises (1944); Threads of Destiny (1961).


Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications


 
 

 

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