Chapter 25: Yes Is the Heartbeat of Life
Janov says that negativity is electrochemically driven by endomorphins, the chemical effect of pain. How is “yes” possible without exhaustive primal therapy?
Primal therapy has contributed something very essential and significant to human growth. But just as other therapies in the West are amateurish, primal therapy also belongs to the same category.
Sigmund Freud used to say that exhaustive psychoanalysis would free man from all tensions, all worries; would give him for the first time freedom from the past, and a tremendous energy to create the future - not as a continuity of the past but totally new, fresh, discontinuous with the past.
But the whole problem is that exhaustive psychoanalysis is impossible. There is not a single person in the whole world who has gone through exhaustive psychoanalysis, which means that now he does not need any psychoanalysis. People have been in psychoanalysis for fifteen years, twenty years, and yet they are exactly the same as they had begun. Only one thing has changed: they have now become full of psychological jargon. They have become knowledgeable. They can drive you crazy very easily, just by talking all the nonsense that they think is psychoanalysis.
Primal therapy is a simple method. It is helpful in releasing the deepest repressed emotions. And the person has to come to a point where he’s not holding anything back - his scream becomes primal.
The moment the child is born, he goes through a great trauma. Changing from the mother’s womb into the cold, strange world is a great shock, and that shock remains deep in your unconscious for your whole life.
Primal therapy is a process to release you from the trauma of birth. You have to scream for days together. Finally, the ultimate scream comes, as if your whole being - every cell of it - has screamed with totality, wholeness, intensity. And that scream leaves you so unburdened, so light, weightless.because with the primal scream, many other small screams that are in you are all released.
But Janov has failed the same way as Sigmund Freud has failed. Psychoanalysis has not been able to give man his spirituality, his being, his freedom. Of all that it has promised, not a single thing has been delivered, and millions of people have wasted their time and money for nothing. Now Janov has done the same number again.
One primal scream releases you, but only for a short time; tomorrow you will be the same. It was good, it gave you a good sleep because you were so relaxed. But your mind is accustomed to accumulating tensions, anxieties, worries. It will do its work. Tomorrow morning, you will find that you are the same person. Those few hours that you lived after the primal scream will become slowly, slowly faded, like a dream, far away.