As a fieldworker, Keeney has been called "the Marco Polo of psychology and an anthropologist of the spirit" by the editors of Utne Reader. As the author of over thirty-one books, Keeney presently is practicing and teaching what he has learned from the arts and sciences across diverse cultural traditions to help individuals, couples, and families transform their challenges and suffering into growth and more meaningful lives.
Apart from his work with the Kalahari Bushmen, he has served distinguished careers that span and connect the disciplines of social cybernetics, anthropology, and therapy. He has extensively researched and published information about various healing traditions around the world.
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Let's hunt for n/om: track extreme love!
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Ignatius Jacques Reilly and Don Quixote
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Delivering life force and absurdity to all situations
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Jesus "Please tell us more about the secret dance." W. C. Fields "How would you answer this publisher's questionnaire?"
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. N!yae, a woman elder from the Kalahari