Depression and the Body: The Biological Basis of Faith and Reality

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The depressed person, says Dr. Lowen, is out of touch wit reality- and especially with the reality of his or her own body. This inspiring, pioneering book explores the cultural and psychological forces that contribute to this condition and shows how we can overcome depression.
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Overview

The depressed person, says Dr. Lowen, is out of touch wit reality- and especially with the reality of his or her own body. This inspiring, pioneering book explores the cultural and psychological forces that contribute to this condition and shows how we can overcome depression.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698104341
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1972
  • Pages: 318

Meet the Author

Dr. Alexander Lowen is the creator of bioenergetics, which he has defined as "a therapeutic technique to help a person get back together with his body and to help him enjoy to the fullest degree possible the life of the body." Incorporating direct work on the body into the psychoanalytic process, Dr. Lowen practices psychiatry in New York and Connecticut and is the executive director of the Institute of Bioenergetic Analysis. He is married and lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, with his wife and son.

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Table of Contents

Depression and the Body Preface

1. Why We Become Depressed
Depression and Unreality The Pursuit of Illusion The Inner-Directed Person

2. Grounding in Reality
Elation and Depression Grounding the Individual Some Bioenergetic Grounding Exercises

3. The Energy Dynamics of Depression
The Depressive Condition The Supression of Feeling Suicide and Negativity The Lack of Energy

4. A Case of Depession
The Problem The Treatment

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