Category Archives: Alexander Lowen

Why Allopaths Do Not Trust Their Patients

In a previous post, I explained why I believe that most allopaths treat the mind not the body. I recently heard Dr Majid Ali reiterate that the mind is the only part of the human that lies. The body does … Continue reading

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Evidence is in, it is the Therapist That Matters

One thing that has disappointed me, and I think disappoints most therapists who are honest with themselves, is the gap between the aspirations of  therapy and the average result. The effectiveness of therapy (at least the effectiveness of  what usually happens) has … Continue reading

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Transference in Therapy, the Best Tool?

This discussion is not about the existence of transference or even the nature of transference in a therapeutic relationship. Rather, the question I wish to pose, is whether, as is sometimes charged, in the Reich and Lowen tradition, especially in … Continue reading

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Good Feeling Should Not Be a Secret

It has struck me as odd that while almost all cults use the same building blocks as cognitive therapy (cognitive reframes, schema changes, exhortations to think positively, commitment to change, etc) no one thereby alleges  that these cognitive techniques are … Continue reading

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Insulin and Glucose Abuse

There is an absolute explosion of diabetes in our society over the last 30 years. It is not just explained by better detection in medical settings, it is an actual verifiable increase by testing non-clinical samples. Allopathic medicine is looking … Continue reading

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Defining Factors

I have been reading about how research into the effectiveness of therapy is done. To compare one type of therapy with another  it is necessary to make explicit the factors that define that approach. This is different from philosophical tenets–defining … Continue reading

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Two Types of Criticism

Alexander Lowen and Wilhelm Reich both left a mixed reputation when it comes to accepting criticism. Now it is not uncommon in everyday life to deal with people who have difficulty with criticism. But this tends to co-exist with very … Continue reading

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Difficulty in Researching Reich and Lowen Benefits

From time to time people ask if there are any studies that verify the effectiveness of the Reich and Lowen tradition. If they have some training in research methods, they are probably meaning, are there random controlled trials (RCTs). While … Continue reading

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The Basic Oral Reenactment

There is a basic obstacle in psychotherapy and the healing professions that is so common that it may  not be recognized as an  element maintaining the suffering. The obstacle presents itself when as an adult, the suffering person is encouraged … Continue reading

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The Missing Psychopath

The psychopathic character is the only character concept that has much currency outside the Reich and Lowen tradition. Robert Hare Ph.D developed a well-validated tool for identifying this character based on biographical footprint (alas missing the physical and energetic aspects … Continue reading

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Manic Depression in a Society

The connection between mania and depression in the individual has been understood for a long time. Alexander Lowen describes this in his book Depression and the Body. The mania is inevitably followed by a crash. This is a biological phenomenon. … Continue reading

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