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About Arthur Janov
Dr. Arthur Janov was one of the world's leading psychologists and author of the international bestseller, The Primal Scream. His last book, Beyond Belief, was published in May 2016.
Dr. Janov received his B.A. and M.S.W. in psychiatric social work from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Ph.D. in psychology from Claremont Graduate School. Before turning to Primal Therapy, he practiced conventional psychotherapy in his native California. He did an internship at the Hacker Psychiatric Clinic in Beverly Hills, worked for the Veterans' Administration at Brentwood Neuro-psychiatric Hospital and was in private practice for 1952 till 1967. He was also on the staff of the Psychiatric Department at Los Angeles Children's Hospital where he was involved in developing their psychosomatic unit.
The course of Dr. Janov's professional life changed in a single day in the mid-1960's with the discovery of Primal Pain. During a therapy session, he heard (as he describes it), "an eerie scream welling up from the depths of a young man who was lying on the floor". He came to believe that this scream was the product of some unconscious, intangible wound that the patient was unable to resolve. Since then, Dr. Janov has devoted his professional life to the investigation of that underlying pain and the development of a precise, scientific therapy that could mitigate its lifelong effects.
As the originator of Primal Therapy, Dr. Janov treated thousands of patients and conducted extensive research to support his thesis that both physical and psychic ailments can be linked to early trauma. He concluded that patients can dramatically reduce such debilitating medical problems as depression, anxiety, insomnia, alcoholism, drug addiction, heart disease and many other serious diseases. In 1970 he introduced his radical new approach to therapy to the general public in his first book, The Primal Scream, which became a best-seller and has since sold more than a million copies worldwide.
In the last 30 years Primal Therapy has established itself as the only therapy producing deep changes in a host of psychosomatic symptoms and psychological problems. Dr. Janov was the first psychologist to submit his results to scientific scrutiny. Studies at Rutgers, the University of Copenhagen, St. Bartholomew's Hospital in England and the University of California at Los Angeles have all supported his theory that Primal Therapy can produce measurable positive effects on the function of the human brain and body.
Dr. Janov lectured worldwide on Primal Theory and Primal Therapy, including to the Royal College of Medicine, London, England; Hunter College, New York; Karolinska Medical and Research Center, Stockholm, Sweden. His work has also been the subject of a PBS special in the United States and of documentaries in Germany, England, France and Sweden.
The last research conducted on the effects of Primal Therapy on the brain was performed by Dr. Erik Hoffman, former Professor of Neurophysiology at Copenhagen University. This research showed very clear changes in the brain as a result of feeling.
Dr. Janov's books have been translated into twenty-four languages throughout the world.
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Janov afirma que su vida profesional cambió en un solo día con el descubrimiento de lo que él llama el dolor primal. Durante una sesión de terapia, él escuchó lo que descibre como “un grito espeluznante que brota de las profundidades de un joven tendido en el suelo”. A partir de entonces creó un método terapéutico, la terapia primal, que consiste en descender en varias ocasiones, sentir y experimentar el dolor reprimido de la infancia. De igual forma comprobó el papel de la represión de ese dolor en la aparición de enfermedades como el cáncer y otras afecciones.
Es autor de 14 libros, entre ellos el éxito de ventas sin precedentes, El grito Primal. Es fundador y director del Centro de Terapia Primal en Santa Mónica, California y entre sus pacientes se contaron John Lennon y Yoko Ono.