I may be a dangerous example. You need much more than the principals in Primal Therapy to succeed.
My personal experience of the primal principals and of Dr. Janov as a guide during 40 years has been flawless. I am for ever thankful that Arts innovation eventually led me to re-live my birth trauma and to demystify my epilepsy. I wish that everybody with a repressed early trauma could be able to “enjoy” the same painful and scaring experience of living their old pain.
However, my success would never have happened if I had only been dependent on the therapists, first, in the Primal Institute and, later, in the Primal Center, where an often anxious and inexperienced patient are left to take full responsibility for him/herself, which he/she discovers after some time in therapy when resources are pouring, and it is too late - in the middle of flooding pain - to make the necessary long-term planning and adjustments, which the Primal Center should have provided them with. A practical handbook in how we adjust our life to primal therapy is, unfortunately, the missing link in Art Janovs excellent production of books. To create a more practical application, than the one being offered today, this book might have equipped his innovative principal with better conditions.
Patients starting Primal Therapy have their individual hierarchies of needs (1) which like the principal of Russian Dolls (are constructed from one block) that fit and are nested inside one another. A primal patient who has been through an early trauma before, during or after the birth is carrying on a repressed pain in mind and/or body, which has distorted the entire hierarchy of needs. To dissolve defense mechanisms / neuroses and to straighten out a distorted mental attitude is a complex task, that should be obvious to a responsible offeror of Primal therapy and be included in the rather high fee being charged.
Please read the articles in my blog carefully. The Primal Therapy is an expensive, long term, painful way to a healthier and more autonomous life. You have to be prepared, without exception, to confront a lot of neurotic habits in your life and in all your relationships. The dominant psycho therapeutic treatment paradigm (like for example CBT) can help you treat your symptoms. If you want something more, like Evolution in Reverse, you need an entrepreneurial spirit to succeed. My personal “craziness” increased my strength and courage to persevere.
1. The Abraham Maslow Hierarchy of Needs.