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Basic Theory

The following is taken from Why You Get Sick – How You Get Well by Dr. Arthur Janov and reviews some of the basic theory behind Primal Therapy.

Why You Get Sick - How You Get Well by Dr. Arthur Janov

There is one neurosis, many manifestations and one cure feeling.’”

Repressed pain divides the self in two, and each side wars with the other. One is the real self, loaded with needs and pain that are submerged; the other is the unreal self that attempts to deal with the outside world by trying to fulfill unmet needs with neurotic habits or behaviors such as obsessions or addictions. The split of the self is the essence of neurosis, and neurosis can kill.



Dr. Janov had not been associated with the Primal Institute of Los Angeles for over 40 years, and we have no idea what they do. Our work at THE PRIMAL CENTER in Culver City is based in part on modern neurological science and has been refined over decades to ensure that our Primal Therapy comprises the latest in brain science.

Do not be misled by false advertising. The only people qualified to do proper Primal Therapy have been trained only by Drs. Arthur and France Janov. Dr. France Janov completed a five-year project called The Primal Legacy detailing our work and explored how Primal Therapy must be practiced. It is now available for purchase:

The programs part 1 is available now at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/primallegacy and part 2 at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/primallegacy2.