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The Primal Scream

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  199 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
How people deal with Pain
Paperback, 446 pages
Published March 16th 1981 by Perigee Trade (first published 1970)
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Monty J Heying
Oct 13, 2014 Monty J Heying rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nf-psychology
I first read this book in 1974. I still have it, a paperback held together with rubber bands and kept in a Ziplock bag. This easy to understand book not only saved my life; it gave me invaluable insight into human behavior.

I never met my father or had a conversation with him until I was 29 years old. My mother was an alcoholic. I have no memory of ever being held by her or acknowledged by her in a loving way, verbally or visually. I experienced torture at age 2, before being left in a Texas orp
Ypatios Varelas
Jul 17, 2015 Ypatios Varelas rated it it was amazing
Classic. Invaluable. Impressive. Every psychotherapist (at least) should own a copy. Janov showed in a very comprehensive manner how things going wrong in our very early years can create serious mental, behavioral and health issues. He demonstrates how releasing the primal pain can lead to healing and even a change of identity. Most people may know him and this theories because of some of his famous clients , such as John Lennon, but it's not just hype, it's one of the biggest advancements in th ...more
Gabriel Unheimlich
May 03, 2012 Gabriel Unheimlich rated it it was ok
Es un libro que propone una interesante teoría explicativa para la génesis de la neurosis, pero no creo que el método que se presenta para curarla sea totalmente efectivo. De hecho, considero que lo que se propone aquí es una panacea, además faltan muchos datos para corroborar esta teoría. Quizá el material teórico posterior de este autor abordó o cambió lo que aquí se propone, pero no lo sé. Los primeros dos tercios son recomendables para neuróticos como yo, el resto es una maraña setentosa de ...more
Apr 21, 2011 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: 70-s-and-80-s
AAAAAaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh haha

this was hot shit especially when John Lennon experienced it...
Mar 12, 2013 Vera rated it really liked it
Read it a long time ago when I was 18-19 and at that time of self-discovery it helped understand few things about human psychology.
Nov 18, 2011 Joshua rated it liked it
Shelves: acquired-backlog
Curious read thus far. Amazing that the neuroses can happen just from the act of seeking love, being denied it in some form, and the onslaught of fully understanding what that means.
Nikola Pejić
Simplistic and reductive theory of neurosis. It basically says that neurosis is an unconscious way of coping with our unmet childhood needs, for which he blames the parents exclusively. Literally, he thinks that if you smoke, it's because your mother didn't breastfeed you enough. It's nearly comical at some moments. The weakest part of the theory is that the only possible way to really cure neurosis is through "primal therapy" at the author's clinic in Los Angeles. In essence, he claims that pre ...more
Jun 23, 2014 Jess rated it it was amazing
Shelves: insightful-reads
I was very much so moved by this book. Ever since I was a young child, I have been fascinated by psychology and psychological methods, so this take on the subject enthralled me. My mother suffers from repressed anger, to which she is now receiving counselling for, but I have told her to read it because maybe all she needs is a good scream. This book covers everything from lust to acting like a child and why we do it and how we can solve our problems without paying a fortune for a couple of sessi ...more
Jul 24, 2016 Sillerdis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, lemmikud
Ja ma olen veendunud, et kui patsient on võimeline tundma, siis pole vajalik kogu see kaardistamine, testimine ning diagrammide ja skeemide koostamine, mida me oleme teinud selleks, et inimlikku käitumist mõista, sest paistab, et need ei ole mitte midagi muud kui inimeste sümboolsete tegude sümboliseerimine. Teen ettepaneku, et me väldiksime selle analüüsimist ja käsitlemist, mis on mittetõeline, ja läheksime otse selle juurde, mis on tõeline.

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Nov 18, 2010 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is truly one of the most valuable books I have ever read.

It is a breakthrough book, still revolutionary 38 years after its initial publication.

A human can be twisted by his parents and his milieu, but a human has the ability to untwist himself. The Primal Scream is about untwisting yourself. It is about "creating yourself anew."
Jun 04, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
When I was a kid, Janov and his primal scream therapy were mentioned a lot in the media. In my late 40s I enjoyed reading the book and theory I'd heard so many references to. Would I want to make a therapy trip there? Sounds like incredible fun for one's ego but extremely exhausting.
Aug 19, 2010 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Helped me on my face the inevitable changes on my life's path.
Mason Wren
Jul 11, 2013 Mason Wren rated it really liked it
Shelves: growth, psychology
A very interesting psychological theory on repression and neurosis. Though it may seem on and hard to believe, I found it very helpful personally with lots of wisdom and truth.
David LeGault
Background research on an essay I'm writing about screaming (particularly, my favorite screams in heavy metal)
Heiki Eesmaa
Nov 03, 2015 Heiki Eesmaa rated it did not like it
A limited model claiming to be all-encompassing. Would do the scream though.
Aug 08, 2012 Kerry rated it liked it
Claire Lewis bought me this when visited her in London.
Roger Quick
Jan 29, 2012 Roger Quick rated it liked it
I thought this was life-changing in 1975.
Maja Z
Aug 23, 2014 Maja Z rated it really liked it
We all have that scream inside, just have to let it out...
Peter Delorenzo
Jul 03, 2009 Peter Delorenzo rated it liked it
Does this stuff really work or was it just a fad?
Feb 29, 2012 Tami rated it really liked it
Scared the hell out of me.
Great start. Felt it all blurred together after a little while but would recommend overall
Pete Bishop
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BookScout rated it it was ok
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Kim rated it it was amazing
Sep 18, 2012
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Monty J Heying
Monty J Heying rated it it was amazing
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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
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