Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Many emotions: Primal therapy and beyond
by Barash, Daniel, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2011, 71; 1492872
Abstract (Summary)

It is the hypothesis of this thesis that understanding and fully allowing deep emotions is mostly absent in psychotherapy. Thus, the author looks to Primal therapy as a basis for responding to this perceived gap. Primal therapy is a method of reliving and emotionally discharging childhood traumas. Its corresponding theory is an extensive look into childhood pain and its effect on adults' lives. The author utilizes heuristic research to examine how Primal therapy illuminates the concept of deep emotion in therapy and how it limits them. In response to the latter, the author expands on Primal therapy's view of deep emotions, in hopes of portraying a broader picture of emotions in therapy. One of these developments is the proposition of a fourth level of consciousness, in addition to Primal therapy's original three, called the universal mind that the author suggests is vital to embracing the entire emotional life in psychotherapy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fontelieu, Sukey
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Publication Number: 1492872
ISBN: 978-1-124-57713-5
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