- Hardcover: 364 pages
- Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1 edition (March 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1573928291
- ISBN-13: 978-1573928298
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
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The Biology of Love Hardcover – March 1, 2000
"Maybe You Should Talk to Someone" by Lori Gottlieb
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"Love makes the brain," writes psychotherapist Janov (The Primal Scream; Why You Get Sick, How You Get Well) in this analysis of brain chemistry and emotion. Neurological research, he argues, confirms his theory that trauma from infancy, birth or the prenatal environment irrevocably damages brain functioning and leads to a plethora of physical and emotional ailments. Fully loved infants, however, develop healthy brains that enable them to cope well with life. Everything from autism and allergies to dyslexia, ADD, cancer and heart disease in later life, and even homosexuality and intellectualism (conditions Janov apparently considers aberrant) can be traced, in his view, simply to lack of adequate love. Though Janov believes such damage can never be undone, he advocates a type of therapy through which patients relive the trauma and thus free their repressed pain. Despite the merit of its important and obvious thesis that infants need love, Janov's argument is so simplistic, poorly organized and carelessly written that it cannot be accepted without reservation. He dismisses such factors as DNA, intellect and postnatal experiences, and presents only sketchy details regarding research studies or case histories. The few patient biographies he includes read more like product testimonials than complex analyses. While it's evident that Janov intends a helpful book, he scarcely mentions what can be done to ensure that every infant is wanted. Instead, he lays a heavy load of guilt on any woman who experiences even a touch of ambivalence about her pregnancy. That infants need love is a solid point that is not well served by wagging one's finger at mother.
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Janov, of Primal Scream (1970) fame, considers the effects of love, broadly conceived, on individual growth and development. Those effects aren't only emotional, and they can result in such physical phenomena as the growth or lack of growth of many elements of the brain and nervous system. Janov shows how those elements develop and what happens when they are stunted. He describes anatomy and physiology and then, using case histories to illustrate his points, goes into clinical aspects of his subject. Although some of those cases are presented as conducive to primal scream therapy, there is enough in the book to make it useful to nonspecialist therapists and to patients. Many libraries will want to acquire Thomas Lewis and colleagues' General Theory of Love as well as Janov. The two books have much in common, yet are sufficiently different in approach to both merit shelf space. William Beatty
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Frank Dale Robinette
1. I need to read it again, this time having a printed or interactive brain atlas at hand (or something of that kind).
2. The book is a must read for all young people who plan to have children (and I should say the same about "The Primal Scream").
3. Reading Dr.Janov's books, I constantly feel dissapointment that for some reason there are no Primal Therapy clinics and specialists in Eastern Europe and in Ukraine specificaly. He stresses always that there is no other to cope with neuroses than Primal Therapy. Ok, may be this is true... so no chance for people outside North America and WE? I wonder why no specialists from CEE or ex-USSR were teached and sertified in Primal Therapy. No interest? No specialists aware of this technology? do not believe... This is not related to the book, though...
The Primal Scream 1970, is still a book to read. But the best since then is this one, The Biology of Love. Janov created his own terminology in 1970 which he used for years. But in this book, he dumps the lingo and attempts neutral clinical medical psychological terms. Although I think it is a good move for Primal Therapy and Theory, it took some getting used to after years of the original Janov lingo, which was kind of fun in its own way.
Janov get into the nuts and bolt science of brain chemicals and brain processes and function as well as clinical experience with his patients. He wants to prove this is real physiological science, which it definitely is by my measure. Janov makes it easy reading, despite its very scientific nature, which is a commendable accomplishment. Then again, you're reading from a fan.
This is not vague theory. It is pure science, that like so much science today, is suffering from a lack of credibility as evidence pours in to make one wonder how modern practice could lag so far behind as it has in fields of psychology, medical practice, nutrition, geology, archaeology, physics/astronomy as compared to plasma physics,and more.
Psychology is obsolete. This is the real current paradigm/truth for those looking for it. Now I grant that Janov might do better to make it clear just how long and difficult this process can be as some have mentioned. But even so, this is the only solution that seems to work and produce true and profound changes in people and personalities, as well as even health.
And if you are a Christian, I believe if you really want to understand the human being that God created, then you might find the scales fall out of your eyes by reading this book. When the Bible says God is Love, you will know what that really means after this book. I have not yet read Primal Healing 2006, which I have bought but have yet to read due to other books being in line first, but this book might also be on a par with the one in review here as Healing looked very promising.