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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Bioenergetics Press (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974373702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974373706
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alexander Lowen, M.D., has practiced psychotherapy for more than 55 years. He has authored 12 books on Bioenergetic Analysis, including Depression and the Body; Love, Sex, and Your Heart; Narcissism; and The Way to Vibrant Health: A Manual of Bioenergetic Exercises

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Let's not live in our heads anymore people!
John Crossgrove
In a very simple language, the author explains in great extent but no boredom about the Oedipus problems forming in children and how they haunt us in life, the remedy.
Shayesteh Zarrabi
He has a direct and simple way of writing and I found it very helpful.
Michelle Oliver

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John Crossgrove on July 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
Thorughly loved this book. I got a much greater understanding of the oedipal problem and how important the understanding is to regaining emotional health. It's the tip of the whole rotten enchilada of neurosis! It's like an iceberg! 95 percent of our oedipal issues are submerged in or subconscious, waiting to be resolved. Then a person we want to be intimate with comes along just like the Titanic and slams into the frozen mass below the surface and we realize, hopefully, just how big and solid that iceberg really was. I also really liked the parts about the nature of fate. It seems like a strange subject to be in a psychology book but Dr. Lowen has bravely approached how we end up manifesting our subconscious drives over and over again for better or worse, and how we can use the awareness for better instead of worse. It's that pesky repitition compulsion again!

Small case studies are integrated into the book and it progresses on explaing the nature and depth of the oedipal problem. It is never boring and not so technical that it is difficult to read. On the contrary, it is warm and conversational, but fully reveals the gravity and seriousness of resolving these issues so the we may experience love, pleasure and pain with the full response of our bodies and cooperation of the ego. Let's not live in our heads anymore people! Strongly reccomend this book. It is also nicely bound and printed.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1998
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I recommend this book to anybody interesting in learning how muscular tensions, in an unconsious way, can severely affect the quality of life. It contains lots of information about how muscles hold back emotions.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Matthews on October 27, 2002
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Have you ever met someone who is afraid to be who she or he is?
This could be the person who won't open their heart up, reach out and take up a cause.
I love to read books like this book, because in reading such a book, one is free to ask questions, and demand the best of the author.
Alexander Lowen gives you so much information in this book on the beginnings of frustrations, limitations, rejections and anger, in a way that makes you say, "Yeah! That is how it really is."
This book, like Lowen's other books, are not light reading, but instead insists that you look deeply into your heart and claim your feelings.
This book is also not a trendy "self-help" book, but instead a book replete with clinical and real life examples that you will find yourself growing, as you read this book.
This is an author who I would love to meet, and just be fully in the moment with, without much dialogue - just to share a thank you for writing information that helps us all to explore the human condition.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Passionate Therapist on September 7, 2010
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Our culture is driven by a fear of death--other writers have said as much. But to my knowledge, only Lowen has identified where such a strong fear of death comes from--The Fear of Life!

Lowen and Bioenergetics has changed my life. The message is not easy but it is hopeful: change your body and you can change your feelings and your life.

The book explores how the need or drive for children to exceed their parents leads to suffering both within families and within our culture. It does indeed strongly endorse and make vivid Freud's idea of the Oedipal Complex, but it is much more than just a reworking of Freud. Lowen brought enormous powers of observation and decades of clinical experience to the task of defining what happens in human development that leads to emotional limitations and suffering.

For non-therapists, Joy: The Surrender to the Body and to Life (Compass) might be a better book to start with (fewer psychoanalytic concepts), but this is Lowen's most powerful book.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 1999
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This is a useful text and I would very much like to see it back in print. It particularly discusses the key role of sexuality in life and the importance of the acceptance of our sexuality in health and healthy relationships.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Hons on January 16, 1999
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I highly recommend this book. Gives much to delve into as far as hidden factors that control our character and happiness. Stuff that is very hard to see clearly on our own bec. of major resistances.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Myownkeeper on May 5, 2014
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Incredible book. The last chapter, written in Lowne's old age, pretty much describes the meaning of life. Incredibly insightful information in the book. I am not a professional practitioner of therapy have merely been through it myself and am interested. I had heard of the Oedipal legend way back and was vaguely aware of its place in psychology. Lowen's description and analysis of the Oedipal taboo was very enlightening to me. Lowen's reading some twenty years ago into the harmful effects of the progress of man...through the perspective of industry or technology... are evermore important and relevant today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Widdowson on June 24, 2014
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Excellent book! If anyone would like to understand where fear (anxiety) comes from in any aspect of there life, and the underlining issue of deppresion in contemporary America. This book addresses it!!
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