Revisiting Anxiety (Janov's Reflections)
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Time Magazine’s article is as good as most non-primal information I have read about anxiety. The paper by Alice Park is very ambitious, and I feel embarrassed when somebody calls it unprintable “5 cent wisdom”.
I interpret it as a serious intent to identify one of the most widespread health problems of our days. To me it seems serious to try to come to terms with, and explain our anxiety ridden reactions, whether we do it for good or bad. To know about imprinted pain from before birth and its lifelong impacts on our defenses and leaky gates take quite a trip and Alice Park can hardly be blamed for not having insight into evolution in reverse. How should a journalist, publishing an article in the prestigious Time Magazine, find and verify scientific and established information about how Dr. Janov and his disciples are seeing things?
There are a few insiders understanding the healing which may be achieved by living old pain so still there is a way to go before the connections can be made to the areas where Alice Parker is lifting a warning flag for what is not good for us. She is identifying areas and examples where people, she is referring to, see the other face of anxiety. One, understandable, negative aspect of the article is that she does not mention all the people with heavy pain having efficient defenses, where the pain is transferred to the heart, the stomach and/or effects, the vital signs and shorten lives, escaping the anxiety label.
The world Alice Parker is writing about is a true reality for billions of people. We might say that most of them think and act wrongly. To reverse evolution and change the way very many are living takes a genius in the shape of an enlightened despot, “Evolutions own Steve Jobs”. However, even if it seems almost impossible, some of us know that the Janovian way works so at least in theory we have the tools for the future.
What a splendid article it might have been if Alice Parker had had the input of Art to show that for those, among all the curios people reading the article, there is an alternative.
Our problem is not whether Alice Parker is right or wrong, but that Art Janov’s Reflections are not in the Time Magazine.
Since Alice Parker referred to Sören Kirkegaard (who Art also quotes) I remind us of:
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” Sören Kirkegaard
Arthur JanovJan 30, 2012 01:43 PM
Jan I suggest to you to write to the author or magazine. art