The New Primal Scream: Primal Therapy 20 Years On

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Taking the primal therapy theory further, this book claims that repressed pain is bad not only for mental, but also for physical health. Quoting case histories, the author explains the benefits of applying his therapy, and uses examples such as helping people cope with their sexuality.

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Overview

Taking the primal therapy theory further, this book claims that repressed pain is bad not only for mental, but also for physical health. Quoting case histories, the author explains the benefits of applying his therapy, and uses examples such as helping people cope with their sexuality.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780349102030
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 688,881
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2006

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    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    One of Psychology's best books

    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.

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