Life Before Birth: The Hidden Script That Rules Our Lives
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Life Before Birth: The Hidden Script That Rules Our Lives

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A remarkable follow-up to the international bestselling The Primal Scream, groundbreaking psychologist Arthur Janov cites in this examination hundreds of studies showing how experience in the womb and at birth have enduring life consequences, laying the foundation in later life for anxiety and depressive disorders, heart attacks, and even cancer. Janov explains how during...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by NTI Upstream (first published November 11th 2011)
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How does womb life affect a fetus? Does it shape his infancy? What about the rest of his life? Can a mother affect her pregnancy adversely by her mood, behavior or actions?

Arthur Janov, in his new book, Life Before Birth: The Hidden Script That Rules Our Lives, would go as far as to say that pregnancy and the first few months of life can determine whether someone will develop depression, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or cancer. Janov, who is a leading psychologist and bestselling author, int...more
I found this book to be repetitive and in some ways uninformative. Janov talks repeatedly about primal therapy, but never explains what primal therapy consists of. Some of what he says may have merit, but I found a lot of it to be self important jargon.

While he attempts to provide scientific evidence to support his claims, I found very little of it truly supported them.

This book took me quite a while to get through. Several weeks actually, which is unusual. It took me so long, because I kept get...more
Canadian Reader
In Life Before Birth, Arthur Janov alleges, with some convincing scientific evidence, that trauma before birth (in the uterus) due to decreased oxygen (hypoxia), increased stress hormones (such as cortisol) and deficiencies in serotonin can impact humans later in life. He states that stress (or what he terms “primal pain”) felt in utero is encoded into the most basic aspects of our cells and that chemical markers (methylation) are left. He goes so far as to say that in the womb “irreversible cha...more
In Life Before Birth, Arthur Janov describes how pre-natal experiences can effect the development, and entire life of a person. Many of his assertions regarding drinking, smoking, and drug use are well supported by studies, and asserted on bottles and cartons.
Janov's discussion of his primal therapy techniques is less established, but he does include a number of patient testimonials to support his treatment method. According to Janov, traumas experienced before birth, and early in infancy are n...more
Tom Leonhardt
Janov, the inventor of primal therapy, sounds like a Vincent Price or Bela Lugosi scientist with a mad theory that no one else understands. He takes some scientific evidence and concocts his own theories based loosely on this evidence, not all of which is conclusive. Janov distorts and uses for his own purposes, evidence that prenatal trauma, including drugs, alcohol, and stress, can have lasting effects and can change genetic structure. Janov has us believe that we can go back to our time in th...more
I wont this book on Goodreads Firstreads. It was quite interesting and a very enjoyable read.
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Psychologist, psychotherapist, and the creator of primal therapy, a treatment for mental illness that involves repeatedly descending into, feeling, and expressing long-repressed childhood pain. Janov directs a psychotherapy institute called the Primal Center in Santa Monica, California.

Janov writes that his professional life changed in a single day in 1967 with the discovery of what he calls Prima...more
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