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Dr. Arthur Janov examines the power of beliefs and how they are used as a mechanism for dealing with early trauma that goes as far back as birth. Beliefs are a way to rationalize with pain rooted deep in the unconscious, and reveal that love is a biological need. Dr. Janov applies engrossing case studies and his many years of experience to bring the reader one step closer to understanding human behavior, and how pain can become converted into an idea. Available on Amazon: amazon.com

Life Before Birth


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This is Dr. Janov's opus magnum, a revolutionary work in every sense of the word. It may help to change the practice of psychotherapy as we know it, and above it, how we give birth today; the shoulds and should nots. It explains in detail how early trauma and adversity can have lifelong consequences and result in serious afflictions from cancer to diabetes. It can have monumental implications for medical practice, as well, and points to how we can rear healthy children.


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The Janov Solution: Lifting Depression Through Primal Therapy Beyond Belief

Dr. Arthur Janov examines the power of beliefs and how they are used as a mechanism for dealing with early trauma that goes as far back as birth. Beliefs are a way to rationalize with pain rooted deep in the unconscious, and reveal that love is a biological need. Dr. Janov applies engrossing case studies and his many years of experience to bring the reader one step closer to understanding human behavior, and how pain can become converted into an idea. Available on

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The Janov Solution: Lifting Depression Through Primal Therapy Life Before Birth: The hidden script that rules our lives

This is Dr. Janov's opus magnum, a revolutionary work in every sense of the word. It may help to change the practice of psychotherapy as we know it, and above it, how we give birth today; the shoulds and should nots. It explains in detail how early trauma and adversity can have lifelong consequences and result in serious afflictions from cancer to diabetes. It can have monumental implications for medical practice, as well, and points to how we can rear healthy children.

Events during pregnancy may be as important if not more important than genes in determining mental health and disease resistance in adulthood.

Mental illness, heart and respiratory problems, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and even the length of our lives may be affected by events in the womb and at birth.



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The Janov Solution: Lifting Depression Through Primal Therapy Sex and the Subconscious
Perversions and Diversions in the Realm of the Libido
By Dr. Arthur Janov

Here Dr Janov explores how trauma and lack of love stand in the way of millions of people as they try and experience sexual pleasure in life. Replete with case histories addressing a multitude of sexual difficulties, Janov explains how neuroscience and sexual history can combine to create the perfect storm of sexual dysfunction.

There are all kinds of sexual difficulties I address in this book, from impotence and frigidity to compulsive sex rituals (exhibitionism and voyeurism). Never before have we understood how deep the causes lie of later sexual problems, usually events that long predate sexual maturity. Too often, there is just a problem in getting aroused and seeing sex to the finish. By and large, if sex is diminished so is much of life, as passion underlies sex and life. Or to put it differently, sex is life at its essence. We had better be sexual or our species will die out, not something to be desired. Usually a load of repression lies beneath sexual indifference. We have found a way to unload that repression in measured steps a bit at a time.

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Primal Therapy
Primal Healing
New Page Book (October 15, 2006)

For the first time, psychology, neurology & physiology are linked to explain the human condition.
Why love is an important ingredient in determining how the brain and personality develop, and how they affect us for a lifetime. He has developed a method for going back in history to the source of unhappiness, depression, anxiety and addiction to undo the damage.

Primal Healing is Dr. Janov's magnum opus, the culmination of decades of clinical observation and research. Here he melds current research in biology and neurology with his clinical work to produce a definitive thesis regarding how any psychotherapy that uses words as the predominant mode of therapy cannot make profound change. Dr. Janov traces the route of feeling from the brainstem to the prefrontal cortex, indicating how repression sets in to block our feelings to create a whole host of neurotic behaviors and physical symptoms. He illustrates how effective therapy or "cure" involves unblocking the repressive barrier and allowing lower level imprinted feelings to rise to the frontal neocortex. All this is explained for the lay person. More...

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The Biology of Love
The Biology of Love
Prometheus Books (March 2000)

Drawing on years of experience with thousands of patients and a growing body of evidence in neurophysiology, human biology and psychology, Dr. Janov shows how love or the lack of it affects not only our sense of psychological well-being but our physical health and our personalities as well. "Absolutely phenomenal" - David Rubin, Talk Radio Network. More...

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The Primal Scream (Revised Edition)v
The Primal Scream (Revised Edition)
Kessinger Publishing, LLC (September 2007)

An updated edition of the groundbreaking, international bestseller. This is the book that started the world wide primal movement, changing the face of psychotherapy forever.










Why You Get Sick - How You Get Well
Why You Get Sick - How You Get Well
Dove Books (August 1996)

The culmination of over a decade of research and writing, Why You Get Sick - How You Get Well reveals the hidden forces of the unconscious that conspire against the human system, making us sick emotionally and physically. As always in Dr. Janov's books, there are fascinating case histories.

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The New Primal Scream: Primal Therapy 20 Years On
The New Primal Scream: Primal Therapy 20 Years On
Little, Brown Book Group (January 1, 1991)

A study of the nature and mechanisms of repression, featuring new case histories, observations, and clinical research. In this book is a thorough explanation of anxiety and panick attacks. To our knowledge this is the only therapy that goes deep enough into the subconscious to attack anxiety at its source.



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La Guérison Primale
La Guérison Primale
Editions Alphee (9 avril 2009)

Pour la première fois, psychologie, neurologie et physiologie se rejoignent pour expliquer la condition humaine.

Pourquoi l'amour est un element déterminant dans le développement du cerveau et de la personnalité, nous affectant pour le reste de notre vie.

"La Guérison Primale" est l'oeuvre majeure de Dr. Janov, le résultat de dizaines d'années d'observation et de recherches.

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El Grito Primal
El Grito Primal
(2009)

Published for the first time in Spanish. El Grito Primal is translated from the international best selling book, The Primal Scream.



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books in preparation
Hypnotized by hypnosis

This book will focus on how words can render us unconscious.

Psychotherapy without feeling

This is a detailed analysis of all the latest therapies in the world and how they function

Musings: Reflections on the human condition

This is a series of many articles on a variety of subjects all pointing to who we are as human beings.

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The Lifelong Effects of the Birth Experience Imprints: The Lifelong Effects of the Birth Experience
Putnam Pub Group (T) (November 1984)

Imprints was the result of over twenty years of research on the birth and other early traumas which are engraved into individuals' physiologic and neurological systems. Such birth imprints can later shape personality and physiology. They can determine how long we will and what inflictions we will suffer later in life.

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Prisoners of Pain
Prisoners of Pain (1980)
Anchor Books (October 1980)

Prisoners of Pain shows how psychological traumas are processed by the brain in the same way as physical injuries, and how they can surface as painful diseases in adult life.

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Primal Man
Primal Man
Crowell (1975)

Co-authored by Dr. Arthur Janov and Dr. Michael Holden, a neurologist, Primal Man comprises an eloquent statement of Primal theory and a detailed examination of the implications of that theory for everyday life. In addition to probing the neurologic basis of neurosis, the authors explore such diverse subjects as the nature of psychosis, the need for morality, the structure of sleep and dreams, and the emotional and physiological roots of perversion, impotence, and frigidity in sexual life. This work also sets forth Dr. Janov's first major exposition of the levels of consciousness, including how they operate and interact

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The Feeling Child
The Feeling Child
Simon & Schuster (January 1975)

In this book Dr. Arthur Janov draws upon his vast experience to suggest ways to bring up an emotionally healthy child, emphasizing the common failures most parents make in not recognizing the real needs of their children. He presents evidence that neurosis may begin well before most people have previously thought - in some cases while the child is still in its mother's body.

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The Primal Revolution
The Primal Revolution
Simon & Schuster (1972)

In this book Dr. Arthur Janov explores - through the feelings, actions, and words of his patients - the means through which Primal Therapy solves neurotic problems faster and more effectively than other therapies. Dr. Janov describes how through Primal Therapy a person can quickly gain awareness of her real feelings and her true needs. He also discusses the social implications of neurosis and how neurotic societies produce neurotic individuals.

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The Anatomy of Mental Illness
The Anatomy of Mental Illness
G. P. Putnams's Sons (1971)

The Anatomy of Mental Illness was the successor to The Primal Scream and presents the supporting data and scientific basis of Primal Therapy. Here are extensive follow-ups to case histories of discharged patients who report how they have been freed from psychological problems and physical disorders ranging from colitis and headaches, to addiction and alcohol. It was the first attempt to mesh neurology with Primal Therapy.

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The Primal Scream
The Primal Scream
Delta Book (1970)

The book that revolutionized the world of psychotherapy, and changed the lives of people everywhere. It was the beginning of three decades of research that has produced the most advanced, scientific therapy available. The Primal Scream sold more than a million copies and has been translated into twenty six different languages. A revised edition of The Primal Scream is presently in print.

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The Janov Solution: Lifting Depression Through Primal Therapy The Janov Solution: Lifting Depression Through Primal Therapy
SterlingHouse Books (August 1, 2007)

This is a book that indicates that is almost impossible to eradicate deep depression without plunging into the depths of the unconscious where the basis of it all lies.
Dr. Janov has found a way to investigate the deep brain system that provides the underpinnings of depression. And further, he has a system to eradicate the pernicious imprinted memories that cause us to feel helpless and hopeless in adult life. He has discovered that the symptoms of depression are exactly those of a certain kind of birth trauma. If we put an overlay over the current symptoms, they describe exactly the birth process. Obviously this is not the whole story, there is a lifetime of experience with one's parents that counts heavily. Luckily, there is a way out of it all.


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