Albert J. Levis

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Albert J. Levis (born 1937) is a Greek psychiatrist who is the founder and director of the Museum of the Creative Process in Manchester, Vermont. He along with his late wife, Georgette Wasserstein Levis, is the innkeeper of the Wilburton Inn, also in Manchester.[1]

Levis was born in 1937 to a Romaniote Jewish family in Athens, Greece. After surviving the Holocaust in hiding, Levis continued his studies at Athens College and then proceeded to the University of Zurich and the University of Lausanne for medical training. He completed his psychiatric residency at Yale, before starting an independent clinical research and training center, The Center for the Study of Normative Behavior, in Hamden, Connecticut.

Levis is best known for his Formal Theory, an integrative approach to behavioral analysis and personality assessment. The Formal Theory seeks to qualify the physical properties of behavior through applying principles of Physics to the study of emotional energetic transformation. Levis has published several volumes on this research, including Conflict Analysis: The Formal Theory of Behavior and Conflict Analysis Training.[2] Levis' Conflict Analysis Training includes among other tests the Animal Metaphor Test, an integrative projective assessment.

Therapeutic care and self-help modules based around the Formal Theory have been instituted in a variety of domestic and international settings. These modules emphasizes the use of creativity as a guide towards self-discovery and as a tool for insight and behavior modification.

Levis also holds a wide collection of international and modern art, pieces that are now installed in the permanent exhibits at the Museum of the Creative Process. Additionally, the Museum features the Henry Gorski retrospective, a collection of the lifetime work of Gorski, as well as the Sanctuary of Wisdom, Levis' Holocaust memorial. Many items from the museum's collections have been featured in museums and gallery exhibits around the New England region.[3]


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