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New Primal Scream
     

New Primal Scream

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by Arthur Janov
 
When THE PRIMAL SCREAM was published in 1970 it caused an international sensation. In introduced a revolutionary new approach to psychological thinking- Primal Therapy, which encourages patients to relive core experiences instead of taking refuge from reality in a comfortable half-world of neurosis. Twenty years on, THE NEW PRIMAL SCREAM takes the theory even further,

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When THE PRIMAL SCREAM was published in 1970 it caused an international sensation. In introduced a revolutionary new approach to psychological thinking- Primal Therapy, which encourages patients to relive core experiences instead of taking refuge from reality in a comfortable half-world of neurosis. Twenty years on, THE NEW PRIMAL SCREAM takes the theory even further, showing that repressed pain is bad not only for mental but also for physical health. Citing case histories, Dr Janov shows how the application of his therapy has helped victims of incest and other abuse overcome subsequent illness. The implications are as devastating as the therapy is revolutionary.
THE NEW PRIMAL SCREAM discusses and reaches some startling conclusions about illness and Primal Therapy, exploring; *Primal pain: the great hidden secrets, *Repression: the gates of the brain and loss of feeling, *How early experience is imprinted, *Illness as the silent scream, *Sex, sensuality and sexuality, *The role of weeping in psychotherapy, *Why we have to relive our childhood to get well.

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Library Journal
For a new generation of neurotics (psychotherapists included), psychologist Janov ( The Primal Scream , Putnam, 1970) recycles his famous psychophysiological cure-all for mental illness: primal therapy, widely known as scream therapy. He sticks to his original premise that pain experienced from unfulfilled needs produces an unreal, unfeeling self constantly at war with the real self. However, he now claims his theory has been validated by scientific studies in the fields of immunology, weeping, cancer, and brain science. Janov blends case studies with exposition on repression, imprinting, birth trauma, the difference between ``normal'' and ``neurotic,'' and a discussion on bogus primal therapists. Along the was he disparages New Age rebirthers and most conventional therapies. Controversial remarks abound, such as, ``Optimism . . . may only be a good defense.'' There's even an oblique reference to the cause of sudden infant death when Janov describes how the terror of being in a dark room alone can trigger earlier birth trauma. Twenty years later, he's still revolutionary, articulate, and maybe right. Highly recommended.-- Janice Aren ofsky, formerly with Arizona State Lib., Phoenix

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780349102030
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
05/01/2000
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,332,980
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Dr Arthur Janov is currently director of the Primal Training Centre in California. He is concluding a musical for the stage called SCREAM! and is in the process of creating a film-video series, THE UNIVERSE OF THE MIND.

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The New Primal Scream 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although primal therapy involves a emphasis on loving children, which is great, I would recommend other books in the field of psychology that leave it at that. however, janov's theory leads to a paraniod world view, thinking that almost everybody is sick. this is just cult thinking. I've been through it, and survived quite well, but I would strongly discourage anyone from blindly believing all Janov' diatribe. I think his theory is basically incorrect and the therapy ineffective. I think it is a cult that self reinforces it's beliefs, therapists and patients being both victims and perpetrators of the reinforcement
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written and organised book. Quite easy to read. But it is the content that is utterly amazing. AND SO IMPORTANT. The truth is, it is a blue print for producing pain free, misery free children in the future. One of the amazing things is that Janov is so profoundly correct, and yet his theories rarely get mentioned in the popular culture. They need to be, but fully, not by halves.