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  • n. Psychology A method of therapy thought to treat emotional problems by encouraging patients to relive traumatic experiences and to express feelings through screaming and other verbal or physical acts of aggression. Also called primal scream therapy.

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  • n. A form of psychotherapy based on the reliving of traumatic experiences


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  • Primal Therapy is a trauma-based psychotherapy created by Arthur Janov, Ph.D.

    Janov claimed that in Primal Therapy, patients would find their real needs and feelings in the process of experiencing all their "Pain." (capitalized term of Primal Theory)

    One of the fundamental claims of Primal Therapy remains that therapeutic progress can only be made through direct emotional experience, which allows access to the source of psychological pain in the lower brain and nervous system. According to Primal Theory, psychological therapies which involve only talking about the problem (referred to as "Talking Therapies") are of limited effectiveness because the cortex, or higher reasoning area of the brain, Janov claims has no ability to affect the real source of psychological pain in other areas of the brain. This is emphasised throughout the writings of Arthur Janov.


    February 24, 2008