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Reclaiming Your Life: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Regression Therapy to Overcome the Effects of Childhood Abuse Paperback – October 1, 1996
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A psychotherapist with a Masters in social work, Jenson here advocates her version of recently maligned regression therapy. She contends that many adult relationship problems may be traced to our childhood coping mechanisms. She recommends identifying childhood fears and abuse?broadly defined as any painful childhood memory?and working through them using a clearly outlined inventory and grief process. The book comprises a discussion of her theory of regression therapy; brief, illustrative case studies from her practice; and, lastly, step-by-step instructions for the lay reader. While regression therapy has been accused of planting false memories through hypnosis and other means, the advice Jenson gives is innocuous enough not to cause any psychological harm. Given the current popularity of this controversial topic, this book should be considered as balance for its self-help methodology.?A. Arro Smith, San Marcos P.L., Tex.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jean J. Jensen is a therapist and the author of Reclaiming Your Life: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Regression Therapy to Overcome the Effects of Childhood Abuse. Contemporary Psychology said the book “provides practical and compassionate guidance on dismantling the childhood defenses of repression and denial.” Jensen earned her MSW Degree from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work in 1963. She lives in Idaho.
Alice Miller (1923-2010) is the author of such classic works as The Drama of the Gifted Child, Prisoners of Childhood, The Body Never Lies, From Rage to Courage, and Free from Lies.
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As Ms. Jenson indicates, this method is not solely about recovering past memories and transgressions -- it also involves identifying how the parts of your current life are related to, and affected by, the past feelings of hurt. Focus is placed upon distinguishing between issues and feelings that belong to the present, as an adult, vs. those that belong to the past, as a child. It's amazing what truths result from this, about how we project our past fears and obsessions onto our current life -- our jobs, friends, romantic partners, and family members.
The book is very well organized, very clear, and, unlike many therapy books, actually provides ways to actually *do* the therapy. Ms. Jenson indicates that these exercises can be done individually, but also mentions the effectiveness of working this method with another person, such as a therapist.
Most surprising to me is that methods of therapy like this seem to be in disfavor right now, especially in the US. There is surprisingly little literature, either commercial or online, discussing methods of therapy such as this. And most online references to "Regression Therapy" lead you to information about discovering past lives. I think the lack of interest in this method is an injustice, and I think that Ms. Jenson deserves enormous credit for the clear vision presented in her book, and her courage for maintaining her belief in this method despite much skepticism from her own profession.
If you believe that the "ghosts" of your past continue to haunt your present, this book is for you. Even if choose not to follow its method (which is not easy or quick), you will still gain from the understanding of where those ghosts come from, why they're still around, and what present behaviors they may affect.
She defines things in terms of the child and adult consciousness, one comes from the past, another is the present self. The book goes to elaborate of how the shift between two consciousness states shows up in all relationships: personal and professional. The book is full of examples that help point out behavior described, so concepts are very easy to grasp.
I feel that the suggested step by step regression therapy can be very useful to many, although I see it more like a common sense logical guide to exploring and liberating one own's feelings rather than elaborate therapy technique. The book is continuation of the "you must feel to heal" philosophy started by Alice Miller. I like the fact that the author doesn't sugar coat anything and states reality clearly that past is gone you can't change it, but only you can heal it by staying in the present and allowing yourself to feel that which was repressed in the past. One must take note that author does state that her approach will not work for everyone, but when it comes to any therapy there is no magic bullet solution that would work universally for everyone.
To me the book seems to have the same premise as the Inner Bonding developed by Margaret Paul & Erika Chopich, although I could potentially see authors having a heated debate about the definitions and use of the "inner child" or "the child".
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21 years ago I was desperately looking for primal therapy in my country but invane and read Alice Miller's books and then in one of her books wss a refferals to Jensen's...Read more