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The Lozanovian Theory of Suggestology and Suggestopedia

In 1970, Psychic Discoveries behind the Iron Curtain by Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder brought to the attention of the West the work of Dr. Georgi Lozanov, a Bulgarian medical doctor and psychotherapist, director of the Institute of Suggestology in Sofia and founder of two separate but related disciplines: Suggestology (from the Latin suggestio and the Greek logia), the scientific study of suggestion, and Suggestopedia which, as its suffix indicates, is the application of suggestion to pedagogy. In 1971, in Sofia, Dr. Lozanov’s thesis, Sugestologiia, was published in book form in the original Bulgarian and, in North America, an unofficial English translation became available to a number of individuals. The thesis revealed very few practical details about the uses to which suggestion might be put in the classroom and, at the time, it became evident that, in order to learn about suggestopedic techniques or about the conduct of a foreign language class at the Institute of Suggestology, a personal visit to Bulgaria would be necessary.1