The Pros And Cons Of Primal Therapy

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Dr. Arthur Janov, a clinical psychologist who passed away on October 1, created primal therapy after an epiphany in the late 1960s. The said therapy made its maiden appearance in his first book, The Primal Scream, which generated attention in both newspapers and magazines and elevated Dr. Janov to celebrity status. Primal therapy was the yardstick of the 70’s culture after it attracted a lineup of devotees to Dr. Janov’s Primal Institute from John Lennon to Roger Williams. In 1971, The Los Angeles Times wrote that "few treatments have been more dramatic, more highly touted or quicker to catch on than primal therapy." The article also featured Williams’ testimony that Dr. Janov is “one of history’s five greatest men (along with Socrates,…show more content…
Discovering a way to treat Pain means there is a way to stop the misery in which so many of us are mired every day of our lives. After two decades of research, after dealing with thousands of patients with every imaginable psychological and physical affliction, we have arrived at a precise, predictable therapy that reduces the amount of time one spends in treatment and eliminates all the wasted motion. It is a therapy that has been investigated by independent scientists and the findings are consistent. Primal Therapy is able to reduce or eliminate a host of physical and psychic ailments in a relatively short period of time with lasting…show more content…
Janov’s conversation with a patient in 1967 in a group therapy session regarding a strange performance where the performer devoted much of the time shouting “Mama!” at the audience and tagging them along. The crowd ended up screaming and crying. Dr. Janov wrote that he invited the young man to emulate the performance. Although the patient was resistant at first, Janov’s persistence has made the man scream “Mama!”, fall off the chair, and squirm in pain on the floor. Primal therapy proponents would believe that psychologically troubled adult must release the emotional pain generated in infancy and childhood by discharging the pain. People would frequently discharge the pain by screaming at the top of the lungs. Some cities, such as Atlanta, Georgia, still have primal therapy centers on deck. Dr. Janov would provide another explanation of his therapy through his Why You Get Sick . . . book: "We can see how buried memories constantly activate the system, putting pressure on vital organs and creating disruptions which can eventually result in serious illness. The problem for too many of us is that suddenly we find ourselves with afflictions or obsessions and have no idea how it all happened. We don’t know why we can’t sleep, why we can’t find a mate, why we are obsessed with this idea or that or why we don’t function as we want to, sexually. Primal Therapy can clarify these seeming
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