Many people confusw Janov's Primal Therapy with Orgone Therapy. I will be writing a long piece exploring thesimilarities as well as many differences in thenear future.
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.