Bioenergetics is A pioneer in this field, Alexander Lowen, M. It is a therapeutic technique to help people get back together with the body and enjoy the life of the body to the fullest degree possible. BA starts with the reality of the body and its basic functions of breathing, motility, feeling, and expression. BA differs from other forms of therapy in that it combines analysis of personality and character with body techniques and physical exercises to recognize and release chronic muscular tension - a necessary step in overcoming feelings, behaviors, and attitudes that detract from life.
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Jun 12, Haikaa Yamamoto rated it it was amazing Bioenergetics helped me to set myself free. First of all, he is not very likeable as a person. He comes through as narcissistic, ego driven he even admits that his main motivation to become a psychologist was "to become famous" , dismissive and highly uneducated at times - or at least not at all well read.
Secondly, the authors he quotes which is mostly himself are either very obscure or completely irrelevant to psychology today. His "theories" are mere metaphors, his observations remain superficial and in general he often reads like a new-age spiritual quack. So why do I think reading him might still be time well spent?
I encourage you to look at current somatic approaches to psychopathology and trauma. What you will find is that there are many parallels to this early, in some ways pioneering work of Reich and Lowen, who, if I am not mistaken here, were among the first to take psychoanalysis and bringing in into the realm of the body. You will find, reading Bessel van der Kolk for example, that indeed, f e e l i n g is for many people the crucial step to begin h e a l i n g, and you will find there the research, a plethora of studies, to back up the importance of the body in psychotherapy and in trauma treatment.
You will find that Lowens metaphorical concept of "falling anxiety" falling asleep, falling in love and his ideas about orgasm, maintaining erections, being able to digest and defecate, etc Finally I hope you will find, as I did many years ago, that some of the exercises are actually quite powerful and therapeutic. They have impacted my life quite dramatically at one point and I still practice some of them regularly. Having experienced bioenergetics, I found the book clarifying and validating of my experiences.
What I appreciated most of all is learning that Lowen was indeed a scientist first and foremost. This is no grandiose self-help book. In particular, his description of body types is extremely enlightening.
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Add to Cart About Bioenergetics Bioenergetics is the revolutionary new therapy that uses the language of the body to heal the problems of the mind. This exciting body-mind approach to personality has a liberating and positive effect on emotional, physical, and psychic distress. Alexander Lowen, founder and prime mover of this fast-growing therapy, writes that increased joy and pleasure are possible in every day life through an understanding of how your body functions energetically: how it determines what you feel, think, and do. Lowen points out that lack of energy is the result of chronic muscular tensions, a condition caused by the suppression of feelings.
Home What Is Bioenergetics? Bioenergetics Analysis was created and developed through the work of Alexander Lowen in the second half of the 20th century. It is a form of body Psychotherapy that is used to allow the human being to live their potential in all aspects of their lives. Bioenergetics is based on the understand that there is a very close relationship between the body and mind. Trauma, stress and strong emotional experiences that are not dealt with in the moment become stored in the body. This will eventually create a physical tension or body amour which inhibits our capacity of spontaneous movement and the capacity to feel good.
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