On 19 Mar 1999, F. Frank LeFever wrote:
> Janov? After all these years?
> Oh, for crying out loud!
Surely human neurology hasn't changed *that* much
over the last 30 years?!
One of Primal's cutrate cousin therapies did little
for me except allow me to access some childhood memories
and learn to cry at the drop of a hat.
I do know one woman who experienced remission of physical
ailments after Primal therapy, and she remains a very
vigorous senior citizen. But I saw other people
training themselves to respond to real-time events
by reliving old hurts and going into a grief state.
During one weekend retreat, our therapist was horrified
to find that we had a real live psychotic in our midst.
At loss as to how to deal with the situation, he asked
the other participants to recall who, from their own past,
this psychotic most reminded them of!
Janov did cite objectively measurable changes in his
own post-Primal patients. But most convincing to me
there is a grain of truth to Primal theory is
an account by Konrad Lorenz in his book about dogs
(Man's Best Friend, I think it was called). When
Lorenz had to go away for a time, a dog left behind
became a terrible behaviour problem. On his return,
the dog acted very confused and suddenly dropped to
its haunches and let out a great howl -- after which
its behaviour returned to normal.