WHAT IS PRIMAL THERAPY?
It is synonymous to “deep feeling” therapy. It is a process which relieves repressed emotions and memories through realization. Consequently, it informs you about the ways in which these feelings have influenced your life. It is a natural and powerful approach to emotional healing – a revolutionary journey into the heart of the “Self”.
HOW DID IT EVOLVE ?
It was pioneered in the late 1960s by a renowned American psychotherapist, Dr. Arthur Janov. This therapy came into the limelight when avant-garde community members like Steve Jobs, John Lenon, British Pop Group “Tears for Fears” and New York’s “Inner Theater” adopted it. John Lenon in particular promoted this therapy and highlighted the benefits it provided to him. He concurred that the songs he wrote immediately after the therapy like “Mother”, “God” and “Working Class Hero” were indeed inspired by the aftermaths of the Primal Therapy.
DO YOU NEED PRIMAL THERAPY?
Most people do not accept the fact that they have had traumatic childhood experiences and will therefore not consider Primal Therapy as a right approach.
Trauma is not defined as a specific incident occurring in the childhood; it is rather a series of hurtful events that take place repeatedly over the years. It may be attributed with angry, ignorant, obsessively controlling, negligent or emotionally unavailable parents.
PRIMAL THERAPY CAN HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE:
- Unsuccessful in creating relationships
- Experiencing anxiety and fear
- Experiencing prolonged feelings of grief and loss
- Can’t make decisions
- Postponing life, unhappy with their life
- Feel like, life hasn’t started yet
- Not living their life’s purpose, dissatisfied with their lives
- Not getting passion out of their profession
- Often feel resentful, depressed and angry
- Experiencing repeated failed relationships
- Ending up in relationships, where they feel emotional abandoned
- Always search for approval, difficulties in dealing with authorities
- Confusing love with pity
- Suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Manipulating others
- History of abuse
PARENTS, PARENTING AND PARENTHOOD
In most cases, couples are not ready to take on the responsibilities of parenting but they nevertheless follow suit. They are not aware of their child’s needs. At times, they may not be able to cope up with the challenges because they have also been depressed, emotionally damaged and unhappy. In other words, they can’t give what they never had!
During the childhood years, it is a natural defense mechanism to lock out the negativity and emotional pain in order to survive and attach with the guardians. The child learns to act and behave in a specific way in order to prevent pain from overpowering their mind, bodies and soul!
THE NEGATIVE INFLUENCE
The emotional hurt and pain that you go through as a child possesses an emotional charge which becomes more prominent as you age. As adults, you will look for ways to overcome the emotional gap you faced during the early years. This may materialize in the form of surrogate parents you hope will heal the “love” gap. You may resort to excessive eating, alcohol, or drugs to eliminate the pain. You might pursue money, power, beauty or fame in order to achieve happiness. It is a never-ending race from your stress and anxiety – you can’t stop because it brings back what you had (or didn’t have) years ago. Thinking or talking doesn’t really help as much as you would want it to!
THE BOTTOM LINE
Contemporary research suggests that the right hemisphere (the “feeling” side) of the brain is more effective in successful trauma treatment than the traditional “talk” therapies. It allows you to get in touch with your fears, anger and vulnerabilities and express these while getting to the root of it! It is made possible with the Primal Therapy as you connect with your life, your soul and yourself!