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F. Frank LeFever flefever at ix.netcom.com
Sun Apr 4 22:25:22 EST 1999

I'm not surprised at the dog letting out a howl initially, nor about
his eventually relaxing with the restoration of an important
relationship.  I suppose Janov would say the dog relaxed BECAUSE he let
out a howl.  Surely you do not believe this.

re Lorenz in general: fascinating observations, but not always the best
interpretations; see T.C. Scheirla et al. (Danny Lehrman, Jay
Rosenblatt, Ethel Tobach)) for a somewhat different approach.

For every old lady who was relieved of a physical ailment after Primal
Screaming, there is no doubt at least one other who was not; and yet
another who was releived of a physical ailment WITHOUT Primal
Screaming.  Snake oil salesman exploit favorable coincidences, ignore

A clock that has stopped completely will be EXACTLY right twice a day.

F. LeFever

In <Pine.GSO.3.95.iB1.0.990403214419.9579B-100000 at vtn1> Geneva Hagen
<ws222 at victoria.tc.ca> writes: 
>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.
>	G

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