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Lowen:  Opportunist  or  Contributor To  Orgonomic  Therapy ?

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Dr. Arthur Janov,  founder of Primal Therapy died last month in Los Angeles. 

As regards to his development of Primal Therapy, I feel ambivalent. On the one hand, thank you for having the courage to  develop a revolutionary approach to  therapy and not just stay stuck in the status quo. Thanks for your intuitive sense and emphasizing feeling and expression.

On the other hand, thanks, but no thanks for your misunderstanding of Orgonomy and Reichian Therapy and your not acknowledging Reich or others. No thanks for your disgarding and minimizing the all important sense of transference and the therapeutic relationship and not being more open to genuine spiritualiy (A criticism that holds for Reich as well).

I plan to write a longer exploration of Primal, orgonomic and their overconnection to medical models and "cure." The concept of "post-pimal" is similar to Reich's "genital character." Perhaps our great grandchildren, if we survive, can speak of "cure."

At any rate, rest in peace Art.

 

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Lowen: Opportunist or Contributor To Orgonomic Therapy ?

Brian Leggiere

Dr.  Alexander Lowen was a patient of Reich's in the early 1940s and subsequently developed Bioenergetics which is usually described as an offshoot of orgonomy.  Many orgonomists consider Lowen as an opportunist who watered down many of Reich's concepts for public consumption and narcissistic fame.

I believe that while Lowen erred in certain ways, particularly his aggressive breakdown of pelvic armoring which takes place at the end of orgone therapy,  he contributed in some ways.  His book Fear of Life was an interesting attempt to look at the connection of fate and character and explore the Oedipus Complex within body oriented therapy.  

 While I practice orgonomically and not bioenergetically I was a patient in bioenergetics with one of Lowen's associates in the late 1970's and early 80's.  While not as profound as orgonomy and more conservative in its approach,  it is certainly not useless.  Many people might benefit from it (although a proportion might be harmed by its vigorous onslaught.)

As an orgonomist it is worthwhile to read Lowen's books for some insights.  

We are such a small percentage of the mental health field.  It would be a shame to not dialogue with other Reichian based offshots and work together where possible.

My original mentor and the one who trained me in orgonomic therapy,  Bernard Rosenblum,  MD,  certainly felt that it was important.  Likewise,  my current therapist and mentor, the medical orgonomist Arthur Nelson,  MD, was actually a patient of Lowen's in the mid 40s when Lowen was still an orgonomist.  He told me many funny anecdotes about Lowen which I will share in future posts.