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The Primal Wound: A Transpersonal View of Trauma, Addiction, and Growth (S U N Y Series in the Philosophy of Psychology) (Suny Series, Philosophy of Psychology) Paperback – April 25, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0791432945 ISBN-10: 0791432947 Edition: First Edition

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  • Series: Suny Series, Philosophy of Psychology
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press; First Edition edition (April 25, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791432947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791432945
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Firman and Ann Gila are teachers, authors, and psychotherapists in private practice in Palo Alto, California. Both were trained in psychosynthesis in the early 1970s, and Firman trained with its founder, Roberto Assagioli. They are adjunct faculty members at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and lead public and professional programs both in the United States and abroad.

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Jonh Firman's "The Primal Wound" (with help from partner Ann Gila), is definitely not just another self-help book. It is the book to read if you want to understand the deep dynamics of growing up and the wounds or the primal wound that you carry.Using the wonderfully post-Jungian model of Psychosynthesis, Firman details in clear and simple language the development of wounds and how they create a survival personality that is different from one's authentic personality. The book is a gem, full of ideas from amny sources. The integration of them will cause transpersonal theorists to take a closer look at what psychosythesis theory has to offer.This book shows that it has a lot to offer because it is integrative and synthesizing in nature. This dynamic is part of the structure of Psychosynthesis and Firman's book proves that we haven't heard the last of him. There is a wealth of material here and wisdom as powerful as it gets.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amy Hoffman on November 5, 2010
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If you have suffered trauma and/or abandonment in the past and now have self-destructive patterns of behavior such as addictions or compulsions, this book is a must read. The book is well organized, written in everyday language, and is presented in easy-to-understand building blocks. A main concept is essentially how a non-empathic parent causes a child to split their sense of self into "good" and "bad" to hide the bad part and preserve the good part. Both become repressed, severely limiting the child's consciousness and numbing their life-experience. What is repressed shows up as addictions. The "healing" part of the book covers psychosynthesis, and re-uniting and accepting both the good and bad senses of self that were repressed; this targets the underlying cause for addictions. It also addresses healing the feelings for the parent/adult who caused the trauma through basically the same process -- the child had separated their feelings of parent into good and bad (e.g. idealization and rage); to heal, both sides must be acknowledged and accepted.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Valerie on September 13, 2002
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If you have lived your life in the adult world for any period of time, it's time you read this book. Take a look at your emotions and relationships from a new perspective! This book gives us insight into why we behave the way we do, and then suggests ways to integrate ourselves into a broader perspective that allows us to change those things that are making us unhappy.
I sent this book to relatives in the US and abroad, and I know that it is providing us all with great information to help us heal our lives and move beyond real unhappiness and discontent.
It's a psychology book, and is not a quick read. But it makes a lot of sense and pushes you along. The references to other work are helpful and useful as well.
Good reading!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Auler on July 3, 2013
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I am re-reading this book. I was impressed when I read it five years ago; but having progressed in my doctoral education, I find it more cogent than before. It addresses issues and conditions that are, sadly, widespread in modern and post-modern societies. A must for any psychologically-minded and compassionate person. This is a well-written, scholarly work: it is not a casual, pop psychological read; but neither is my experience of it that it is stilted, jargon-dense and opaque.
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