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Using examples from four decades of clinical practice, Lowen reveals how to reclaim a natural state of joy through exercises that revive the body's vitality and liberate the energy of suppressed feelings.

Synopsis:

Alexander Lowen, famous student of Wilhelm Reich and founder of Bioenergetics, reveals in this book how to reclaim a natural, childlike state of joy through exercises that revive the body's vitality and liberate the energy of suppressed feelings. Using examples from four decades of clinical practice, Lowen shows how painful emotional experiences - from sexual abuse and fear of dying to the anger and heartbreak all human beings experience in life - are manifested in bodily symptoms. He then instructs readers how to listen for and answer the unique signals in the body that serve as internal cries for freedom. The vibrant health that results has a wide range of holistic benefits for the total being including enhanced sexual pleasure and heightened spirituality. Joy, the culmination of Lowen's life work, is a wonderfully hopeful and transformational guide from one of the pioneers of body/mind therapy.

About the Author

Dr. Alexander Lowen is the creator of bioenergetics, which he has defined as "a therapeutic technique to help a person get back together with his body and to help him enjoy to the fullest degree possible the life of the body." Incorporating direct work on the body into the psychoanalytic process, Dr. Lowen practices psychiatry in New York and Connecticut and is the executive director of the Institute of Bioenergetic Analysis. He is married and lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, with his wife and son.

Table of Contents

Joy Preface

1. Joy

The Freedom from Guilt

Feeling the Life of the Body

2. The Surrender to the Body

The Surrender of the Narcissistic Ego

Grounding and Reality

3. Crying: The Releasing Emotion

4. The Resistance to Crying

I Won't Break Down

The Surrender of the Will: Despair

5. Anger: The Healing Emotion

6. Love: The Fulfilling Emotion

The Surrender to Love

Mature Love

7. The Betrayal of Love

8. Sexual Abuse

9. Fear: The Paralyzing Emotion

10. The Fear of Death

11. Passion, Sex, and Joy

12. Passion and the Spirit

The Surrender to God

The Dancing Spirit

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140194937
Author:
Lowen, Alexander
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Psychotherapy
Subject:
Bioenergetics
Subject:
Bioenergetic psychotherapy
Subject:
Holistic health.
Subject:
Psychotherapy - General
Subject:
Mental health
Subject:
Psychology : General
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Compass
Series Volume:
199
Publication Date:
19951231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.80x5.22x.79 in. .62 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Alexander Lowen, famous student of Wilhelm Reich and founder of Bioenergetics, reveals in this book how to reclaim a natural, childlike state of joy through exercises that revive the body's vitality and liberate the energy of suppressed feelings. Using examples from four decades of clinical practice, Lowen shows how painful emotional experiences - from sexual abuse and fear of dying to the anger and heartbreak all human beings experience in life - are manifested in bodily symptoms. He then instructs readers how to listen for and answer the unique signals in the body that serve as internal cries for freedom. The vibrant health that results has a wide range of holistic benefits for the total being including enhanced sexual pleasure and heightened spirituality. Joy, the culmination of Lowen's life work, is a wonderfully hopeful and transformational guide from one of the pioneers of body/mind therapy.
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