Created  Dec. 20, 2011                               

Holistic Psychology
& My Critique of Primal Therapy and Dr. Janov

Learn everything you can! As much as you can and as fast as you can! And only accept what you can understand and verify for yourself.

The Premise
A Brief Introduction
Mainstream Psychology and Psychiatry
Needs and Transference
Parental Attachment
Phase-2 Growth
The Challenge Before Us All
The State of Psychology & Psychiatry
The State of Art
My Psychology Theory
Intellectual Methods and Procedures
Why Is This Important?
1st Level, Brain Stem
2nd Level, Limbic System
3rd Level, Neocortex
Nerve Fibers Map
The Three Together
Whose the Boss?
3 Levels and 2 Halves of Each
We Must Learn to Learn
A Choice to Make
Objections to the Intellect
Other Issues Not Addressed by Art
The Conscience
That Irrational Core
Primal Therapy Obstacles
Teaching “Kids” Skill & Competency
The Intellect is Virtually Unlimited
“Needs” and Therapy “Needs”
Now About This Love Thing
1st Witness
2nd Witness
My 3rd Witness!
4th Witness, Myself!
What are Traumas & Changes?
Is God in the Equation?
Where Is Our Manual for Raising Kids?
The Intellect, Our Crowning Glory!
The Intellect at Work
We Fail Ourselves
The Hypnotic State
A World Designed to . . . 
Whose Side Is He On?
Philosophy and Psychology History
The Dilemma
Art's Success and Failure
Cognitive Therapy's Positive Side
Self Therapy
The Irony of the Cortex
Conflicts of Short and Long Term
Hunches & Intuition
Contamination & Transference
Another Possibility
Time for Some Philosophy
Courage and Connections
Philosophical Conclusions
What is True Psychology
Excuses That Suck
Potential Changes
Dissecting Arthur
AJ - Establishment-arian Ph.D.
Whole Healing
Art's Confusion
The Conclusion
Cults & Mind Control
I Predict . . .
Try Part 2 Next

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The Premise 
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Some abbreviations in this article:
PT = Primal Theory
Pt = Primal Therapy
PP = Primal Pain

Dr. Janov may be variously called Art, Arthur, AJ, & Janov
Psychology and Psychiatry are referred together as Psy*

What is primal theory good for? Showing us how to raise kids right. Prevention is the key. We have almost no understanding of what a child really requires, beginning with conception. And the 9 months in the womb is very important. How a birth takes place is vital. The 1st 3 years of life after birth are very important, too. Arthur Janov's research and practice have revealed knowledge the world can not afford to be without. Dare I say, it is the most important thing we can know or learn since prevention spares so much harm. If for no other reason on earth, Primal Theory and its practice is essential knowledge for anyone seeking knowledge, understanding, or perfection.

But in my years of following psychology and the Primal Theory of Dr. Janov, which I am still a supporter of, I have come to recognize some things about the good doctor and his theory that concern me. The limitations of Primal Therapy and Theory are now obvious to me and of serious concern. Our world progresses from bad to worse and Primal Theory lacks any good answers to this problem and lacks certain elements of psychology and learning that I feel are vital and essential to holistic proper mental and intellectual growth. It lacks, in part, because the good doctor has made some errors, as I see it, along the way. The Theory and practice as a whole are not invalidated but it does need some serious additions and improvements.

The premise here is not just to critique Dr. Arthur Janov Ph.D. and his discovery and development of Primal Therapy & Theory, but also to explain better what I think the theory should include, but does not, at present. This should better help Christians to understand each other better and treat one another in more perfect love. And love is the real foundation of our faith or should be. For a better understanding of Primal Theory and Therapy, my pick would be "The Biology of Love" by Dr. Janov. I think the basics of Primal Theory are essential to a proper understanding of human nature and how we work and why sin caused so much turmoil and devastation to the human race. I would also recommend his very first book, The Primal Scream. I recommend it because of his good state of mind at the time and it starts from gound zero and makes the insights and shows why PT & Pt are valid. Some things in that book no longer apply, but they are not important. That said, most Christians have never had much use for psychology and I think that is regrettable. True, mainstream psychology has been a let down and failure of dubious political agenda, but an objective study of it, apart from the corrupt mainstream is an entirely different matter and would be most useful to good meaning people of God. If you are Christian, I hope you will dare to take this on, for there is plenty to benefit you, too.

A Brief Introduction
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First, let me state that I have been a subscriber to and believer in PT since 1987, when I first read the “Primal Scream” of 1970. I believe Art discovered the basic mechanisms of human brain function and psychology. In PT, it was the means to eliminate buried pain and erase the normally life-long residence of and effects of pain and trauma. It is the best solution for changing psychology and behavior, and even health. But it is difficult to obtain and pursue and perhaps offers some new concerns.

For Christians, I believe PT explains the mechanism referred to in the Bible as “sin.” What sin is and how it operates in us? I believe PT gives us the understanding of human nature, and why we behave as we do, as often complex, confusing, contradictory, and irrational behaviors. I believe it is a theory everyone should understand, even if they do not pursue the therapy, Pt.

But I write because I have found a number of problems and loose ends over the years and I believe they are significant and need to be understood and addressed as well. I suspect that structure beneath PT may have been intended by God to be used by Him, perhaps the only one truly qualified to actually use this precarious therapy or the only one to guide us on how to use it, creating the situation that would best allow Pt and rehabilitation to take place so that lessons of “pain” from the past can be learned from and appreciated as they live their lives without it afterward.

My other big idea was the extreme importance of a good strong functioning intellect. Pure heresy from the standpoint of Janov and his very devoted fans.

I attempted to share my ideas about the intellect at Art’s blog but in not too much time he was censoring most of it, I suspect, because he had no answer or reply to it. Though I left religion and God out, I think Art was seeing me as promoting my ideas on his site and did not like it. My ideas were absolutely addressing PT and not something else but I did emphasize the importance of the intellect, which gets no attention at all in PT or Pt. I gather he fears competition or criticism and can not answer it. So now I strike out on my own and without the mercy and gentleness that would have been merited had he bit more even handed and open.

Does he want the truth? Well, whether he can handle it or not, the truth he shall get and all his mindless followers will get as well. But it is my personal conviction that Arthur, like us all, is a flawed man, despite his claims to being unhindered (or nearly so) by pain in his thinking and feeling. He makes claims of elitism for him and his patients who have gone through their birth experiences in full. But despite his being relieved of much pain, it has done nothing to make his thinking better or infallible. He still appears to me to have prejudices and a significant ego. So I write to correct errors in PT and urge caution in following Janov or anyone else on earth without question.  

I came across a comment in a book that I thought pertinent to this article from Maurice “Moe” Mandelkehr: The 2300 BC Event - Vol. 1, pg. 4:

"Most scientists and academicians stay pretty much within their fields of interest, not because of any shortsightedness, but mainly because it is their field of interest. The amateur, not having a deep knowledge of any particular field of interest, and not having to be responsible for maintaining his own reputation or that of his organization, is more likely to roam afield."

Well, 1st, he leaves out but perhaps assumes you might get, that scientists and academics not only choose their fields, but are responsible for maintaining their reputations and staying loyal to their party lines. They can not just study whatever they like or conclude as they might on their own. They are at all times supervised. An amateur has none of these constraints. He can do any damn thing he wants, especially if he is on the bottom to begin with, since he has no where to go but up. He can study anything anywhere and decide what he will accept or reject. It is from this type that much advancement is made in science and academics. But it will seldom ever become popularly or commonly known for the great and powerful media propaganda machine will not allow his voice to ring out from the steeples and sound off in the streets.

But he is often still known in the underground, which because of the internet, helps spread more than it used to. So I hope that any reader of any background will look at this subject fresh and objectively. Fans of Primal Therapy will likely have their guard up. Mainstream Psy* fans will also recoil. Mainstream Christians are not likely have see any value, either. So this is not likely to attract any audience, but if you should dare, you might find things you can not easily answer back to. You are free to write me, primarily to make sure you understand me correctly, but if you must, to also express disagreement afterward.

And it is not that I do not like disagreement or fear it, but most who disagree will do so because of their own fear that they can not answer and they will only reply with what has long been in existence. I have seen it too many times. If you have something new to consider, then great! If you want to feed me what has long been around, I already know it and would prefer not to have to refute it again, after having done so here.

The irony in Moe's statement is that even in religion, I find most only defend what ever it is their denomination holds to in doctrine. They do not think for themselves or think independently. They fear the rejection of their church and fellow church goers. They fear the reproof of their church leaders. They could even risk family disapproval. If you belong to a church, or have a degree, or teach somewhere, or work in research in a corporation, for the government, then I would suggest that you might be compromised and not be able to freely consider this article.

My strong conviction and contention is that only those who are truly free and independent, perhaps even severed from most circles of acceptance and contact (i.e. you are not popular) are the ones most likely to be able to grasp and accept what I write. There is a song, "Me and Bobby McGee" (Janis Joplin version) with a line that goes as follows:

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.
Nothing! It ain’t nothing honey, if it ain’t free!

Some love freedom and bask in it. Others are terrified of freedom and run from it. If you can not break free from the entanglements of peers of all types, you will have a difficult time discovering and learning. So many different peers to please, is not good or wise. I can give you another example as well.

At age 20, I took a reserved timid friend for a ride on my motorcycle. He was shaking and terrified on the back. He was among the cars but with no bubble around him for protection. You could reach out and touch the cars if you had wanted. You feel the air rushing by, continually frisking you enthusiastically. You feel like you are flying or soaring. Maine is the only state in the nation that lets your ride without a helmet since 78. I did it all the time back then. Acceleration on a bike is much more powerful than in a car. There is power and maneuverability on it. It is absolutely a freedom machine. It can be dangerously intoxicating. For riders of bikes, it is freedom and excitement, exhilaration! But for some, it is risky, unprotected, potentially dangerous, too daring, open, vulnerable, exposed, terrifying.

Bikes are a two edge sword. Wonderful feelings, yet those feelings can make you feel intoxicated and cause you to push limits of speed and safety due to feeling so high. As much as you want to let go and go crazy, you know it is dangerous to do so. Bikes are dangerous because they do cause intoxication. I find knowledge quite a bit like that. Knowledge is definitely power, just as a bike is power or feels it. It feels so good to have knowledge, even intoxicating and addictive! And both can get you in serious trouble. So one must use caution with both. And knowledge can only come with freedom. Freedom must be your constant partner if you are to gain knowledge, too. If you can not be free, you can not get wise. Dare to think for yourself and think differently from others! Be Courageous and be Free!

Mainstream Psychology and Psychiatry
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They have come a long way and yet not far enough. Along the way, these got hi-jacked by big business and government, who used them as tools to manipulate and control people, without letting the people know about these tools and their use. As well, they used these tools to even keep people from learning, through a school system very aware of psychology and how to use it to impeded student development, says I. John Taylor Gatto has demonstrated conclusively how this all took place in a big way in the 19th century AD and onward on nearly the whole world. Try and read his online or printed The Underground History of American Education.

One could argue that control of students began in a big way in the Middle Ages and this is true, but though indoctrination was a goal, there was learning, too. Further, there have always been schools and teachers, from ancient Greeks and back further to religious priesthoods of various religions and cultures. But in the 19th century, it changed to eliminating learning and causing general levels of education to fall so that graduates knew less and less as years went on.

1. In the practice of Psy*, a common problem existed. Patients often did not want to get “better.” They did not want to get at the truth of their problem(s) and did not want to change them. They just wanted to be told they were OK and they were not the problem and it was not their fault. They wanted relief from guilt and conscience and a necessity to change. Why it almost sounds like a religious confession, but without actually confessing any sin or fault or error. Just absolution of guilt.

So those who practiced Psy* realized that if they tried to show the truth or achieve some change and growth, that it would not be appreciated and the patient would not continue therapy. Patients wanted to maintain self-deception. So many in Psy* decided to give the patients what they truly wanted and not what they might have needed or what would be beneficial for them in their lives.

2. Another problem was that some therapists really did want to help people and not lie to them or go along with patients and play along with the game, making the patients “feel” good and keep coming back for more. Patients wanted a fix, like any junkie or alcoholic does. Some therapists could not go this route. They were frustrated with lack of meaningful change in most patients.

So some managed to find basic techniques that helped some patients to gain insights, make improvements, and become more functional. It’s a fact and has taken place many times. It has also failed many times, too, but then again, so has Pt to some extent. You can lead a horse to water but you can not make it drink.

Some of these techniques involve a warm, kind, compassionate therapist. Many patients have never experienced kindness, compassion, understanding and even acceptance, before. Merely finding someone to listen who treats them with respect, kindness, and helps them along to gain insights and make corrections in behavior that improves life immensely. They help patients to see with a different perception and that is not an easy thing to do. It if often the handling the patient receives, as much if not more than the suggestions, question, insights, or the like, that reaches the patient’s heart and motivates them to change.

Needs and Transference
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The therapist sort of becomes the mom and dad that the patient likely never had and that all people needed from conception onward. It can be and has been a healing experience for some. And as well it should be. But for others, deep in buried need, a transference takes place whereby the therapist is seen as the parents so much that a great affection, trust, and dependence takes place. This presents a great danger since the therapist, only human themselves and also with needs of the past, may enjoy the role and find too much satisfaction in it and begin to abuse it, perhaps.

While sex has been a result in some cases, it may just be too much control by the therapist, whereby their suggestions become the patient's thinking instead of the patient arriving at their own independent conclusions. Even this might not be a big problem, necessarily, but it certainly could be and sometimes has been. A therapist could almost become like a god to the patient, being all knowing and having all the answers and never being questioned, much like we do with our parents and authority, anyway, right?

Now there are many times when even if arrived at independently, the therapist and patient may still arrive at the same conclusion. No problem there. On the other hand, the patient might become the child of the therapist and reflect the therapist rather than themselves, as often happens with parents, too. Most kids never really become fully independent. They often reflect much of the thinking of their parents throughout their lives, as if running by some script fed to them. They take what mom and dad say as the gospel truth and never question it.  

Part of the problem is that we tend not to question anything ever, through our whole lives. We always defer to others for direction and what to believe. We exist only as obedient slaves, never to dare think, feel, or act for ourselves, independent of anyone or anything else. Real maturity is when we begin to question and demand satisfactory reasons for what is said and asserted to us. This is the hallmark of Western Philosophy to some degree.

But when patients are in great need, the possibility exists that they can become harmed in many ways by becoming “addicted” to, or dependent on, the therapist, just as most are sort of addicted to parents in what has been called co-dependency. But as well, many have been well served by a good therapist and found great relief and improvement in their lives. Art denies this is even possible most of the time. But written, recorded video and verbal responses amply demonstrate otherwise.

Many people have had breakthrough thoughts and experiences. Life changing events which changed their perspective, their "belief" systems, and their choices after that! Many of these would have to be called revolutionary in what they produce. They begin to think about things for themselves and start making their own judgments and decisions and start thinking about everything more. They become independent, self-motivated, free moral agents. Halleluiah!

In Summary, Psy* has produced both good results and bad. No one is perfect. Some therapists might produce many good results and then an occasional failure, or even a slip up. Do we stop the therapies because bad results sometimes happen or do we say, if a number of people are helped and on rare occasions, some are hurt, maybe the good outweighs the bad and it should continue. I would say this. Most parents screw up pretty badly but we still allow them to be parents and raise children. So why not therapists, too?

I have always thought it wrong that Psy* often presents itself as “science” and claimed a certain amount of authority and even certainty, what we might call infallibility, to borrow from the Pope. No one should just let a therapist tell them what is right or wrong. Yet, our parents do this, our schools, our governments, our church leaders, and many others do this, too. Everyone has an idea of right and wrong. But reasoning should be supplied by any and all who claim any rights or wrongs. If not supported by good reason, logic, and process of thought, then it hardly seems worth adopting or believing.

Parental Attachment            Jun 18, 2013
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I have been reading Marvin Minsky in his 2 books, The Society of Mind & The Emotion Machine. These are real brain science books and ones needed to round out Janov or any other psychology. I thought this was a good place to insert some ideas Marvin has brought out as well as recent shows on PBS network. Early on in The Emotion Machine, Marvin notes how strong parental influence seems to be. Janov notes how damaging parental influence can be and how important parents are to kids. But why is this, whether it came by evolution or God?

A simple explanation is that regardless of how poor parents might be, they are still the ones most likely to have the best interest of the kids in mind and like to protect the kids. Recent TV shows from PBS, and Marvin, both suggest that this attachment serves to make it very hard for others to undo or steal the "hearts and minds" of kids, or overthrow what parents install. From the standpoint of God, if we had not alienated ourselves from God and remained in obedience to Him, and followed His instructions, in our undisturbed, un-traumatized, un-dissociated, well connected state, we would raise children in good fashion, bringing them up in a good way that keeps the succession from one generation to the next in good shape.

Being fallen and traumatized ourselves, we can only raise the same. We can not rise above ourselves. This is the "sin" the Bible speaks of. We can bring nothing good into existence. Our own collective nature sabotages everything we do. Only God can heal this. I wanted to show some scientific observances from PBS now. There were many attempts to learn and understand just how much animal brains were capable of doing and how they were similar to us and how they were different from us.

NOVA – Ape Genius       Jun 13 013 7 PM

"Children who learn to delay gratification (temptation) also score highest on SAT scores later."        This goes to follow. Janov speaks of a gating system. if not formed fully due to pain interfering in development or absence of love not fully forming pain gates, then subsequent brain function will be impaired. Bad leaky gates will interfere with good sound thinking and choices.

One thing not distinguished by Janov, if he does not outright say its impossible, is how much impairment is created. He suggests that good sound reasoning is not possible when primal pain rules. I have my doubts about impossible. Maybe difficult, and likely not as good as someone barely impaired, but still possible to do, says I. But has Janov ever evaluated patients and their ability to reason and rate them on a scale? Not to my knowledge! Has he measured what can be accomplished by those both high and low on this scale? Not to my knowledge! But really, if we are to say possible or not possible, would we not have to do a study like this to say whether it can still be done or not? I would think so!

My experience has taught me, and I do trust myself and my experience as I should, that the primary difficulty with sound reasoning and objective analysis, is motivation and a sense of morality, a conscience if you will. I do not recall ever reading Janov discussing anything to do with conscience. Maybe I have a bad memory. But the progression of science has clearly demonstrated that we can be objective in searching for scientific principles and understanding and that if we can to that, we can understand anything. We are capable, even in a screwed up state, as many scientists, funders/financieres of science, and leaders are. It is matter of will, not ability.

Certainly, a gating system that works good is very helpful. But in my own case, I had to develop my self-control, delay reaction time and gratification, and dampen immediate impulses and desires that I came to realize or believe, could be harmful to my long term interests and benefit. I did not always have that self-control and strong gating system. I found I had to build strength in that gating system, just as bodybuilders and athletes build muscles and develop skill by repetition and strong exertion and energy expenditure.

Our minds and bodies are capable of adjusting to and growing into whatever we want. If we pick a direction and pursue it, then over time we will make progress toward it. Some may go faster than others and some may never get as far, but many have this ability or more of it that maybe Janov would like to concede.

I do understand that from his standpoint, which is to be able to "cure" anyone, you need to remove pain and trauma. I agree. The key word being "anyone" and/or "everyone." Not everyone can or will. We started out on the wrong foot and fixing it is always going to be a challenge. Many will never both to take on the challenge and will make excuses for not doing so. "I have too much pain and Janov says I can not do with without first feeling" might be a typical reaction to those who follow Janov. So they do not even attempt to develop their gating systems and begin to build an objective understanding of the world and life. Its a good cop-out, no doubt.

But we can make changes. Its just that most end not to, since short-term immediate impulses and desires seem to automatically interfere with impulse control and inhibition. Its just easier to give in or not bother. Love those excuses ;-) but intelligence is directly proportional to our efforts to delay gratification and impulse.

Also on PBS the same night as above, was a show on the abilities of various animals. You can try this, too:

Laurie Santos has done a lot of study on rhesus macaques monkeys on some remote island in the SE Asian costal Pacific. She found that monkeys have castes and classes, with those who dominate and have the best, and layers below with outcasts on the bottom. So we are no different than they, in that respect. We are all selfish. Animals by nature, perhaps, but us by choice. So despite our brains, our behavior is the equivalent of a monkey with little thinking and much instinct. It is in vain we have an intellect. This would seem to be Janov's conclusion, as I demonstrate in another article covering his blog.

This is an insult to God, who gave us our marvelous minds, to develop, only if we choose to develop them. Or we can just let them sit there and do nothing. We have to choose and expend effort.

Noted in this same program, children can be shown a series of actions that lead to a reward, a piece of candy. Chimps were shown, too. But after some time, chimps reduced the actions to only those that truly had effect on the desired outcome, a food reward. the kids on the other hand, stuck to all the actions taught, even though some were not affecting the reward result. They were obedient and perhaps thought they were supposed to stick to the routine. Kids imitate authority figures and parents. It is built into them. Chimps do not have this "natural devotion" to parents or authority figures.

Other studies and examples were covered showing the natures of animals verses those of humans. Children stay very close to parents. Here is where my theory will depart slightly.

Phase-2 Growth
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I understand quite well why kids are designed or "evolved" to stay very close to parents. Emotions secure what we might call "passwords" to program our children. If parents are not complete rejects, kids will only be able to be programmed by parents, as if the parents had a magic password into the programming center of kids' brains. No one else seems to have anywhere near as much control, almost exclusive control, as the parents do. This is as God intended. But only as the mode to get them to adulthood. On the way to adulthood, the emphasis on control starts to slowly shift, in ideal circumstances.

Peers become an ever greater influence, since we have to bond and blend with our peers to be an effective community. We are not just individuals and we must learn to become part of a larger group, that will provide for our needs for others. We are social animals and need a community so that we may obtain mates, and insulate from other communities disrupting us.

As well, teachers or influential community members may begin to have more influence. And as well, as a child begins to learn, they are bound to encounter different ideas and actions. They will need to develop skills of their own, as they are more and more spending time away from parents. They start out with small independent decisions and may gain confidence, slowly, in their ability. Slowly, they may be weaned form depending on mom and dad to "give" them all their thinking and ideas.

We do not want to be quick or severe in our overthrow of what comes down to us by our parents. But neither do we want to remain completely controlled by them and have no thoughts of our own. We are best when we are all independent in our minds so that ideas can flourish among so many independently operation minds. If we all only think what we are told by one big leader, then only one mind ever thinks and that is a very dangerous thing.

Despotism is best avoided by independent minds dedicated to everyone's long term interests.

So to reach our full potential, in ideal conditions, we would make the slow transition from fully dependent upon parents, to having a mind of our own, that remains influenced by parents and peers, along without own independent reasoning powers.

But in reality, few ever make a big departure from what their parents gave them. Nor do they question authority figures or ideologies. They just accept what is, without question, like good little boys and girls who know how to obey. Obedience is a great thing, if it is deserved and merited. But if it is not worthy, then it can be a disaster.

Maturity is a word thrown around a lot, without a lot of thought. To reach our full potential, we must progress to independent thinking and trust in our own skills and ability. we do God no favors if we do not put the fine mind He gave us, to work, in our own behalf and in His behalf. If we subscribe to evolution, then we fail to fully evolve in not developing what has come about for our benefit.

But do take note that those who rule over us and dominate us would prefer us not to think or question anything. They like us dumb and obedient, as all good cult leaders do. So, do we want to be stupid and obedient without reason, or . . . use our brains and obey when it is right to obey and beware when that becomes necessary. A mind is a miraculous thing, or at least, it should be treated as a miraculous thing.

It is my impression, based on what Janov publishes in his books and blog, that he does not put much faith in our intellectual abilities or does not think we can both think and feel thru therapy at the same time. Not the exact same time. We stop thinking in Primal therapy, but once out of the office treating room, we can now resume thinking. Why most PT patients are not good at is is because they have not tried to develop self-control and have not studied various ideas on a matter so as to be able to come to some conclusions. They have  not exercised their thinking and analytical powers and so they suck at it.

And as long as they refuse to try to exercise and develop reasoning skills, they will continue to suck at it and be weak and "flabby" in the mind, so to speak. They will be a self-fulfilling prophecy for themselves and for Arthur Janov, who says they can't and so they don't. Janov then becomes right and they reinforce his limited view and understand. What we might call circular reasoning. The authority figure say they can not do it, so they don't do it and prove that it can't be done. Just to let you in on this, that is not science. That is pure bullshit! A little bit of reasoning there!

The Challenge Before Us All
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We live in a world that does not want us to think for ourselves or act independently. Everyone wants to control us. We grow up in such a world struggling to assert ourselves, while yet being afraid of our own ability to be able to think and make judgments for ourselves. Many grew up depending on parents or teacher or TV to shape their views.

So making sense of the world is a great challenge for anyone growing up in it. No exceptions! Part of the reason for this is that we do not know or understand much as young children. We sense, quite accurately, that we are weak in our ability to judge and discern. So we trust, and depend on, our parents to guide us as to what is right or wrong, advantageous or not. A very rare few, as they get older and wiser, can manage to find belief in themselves and find their own way, despite all odds. Some will need some help and then continue more independently. And some will never grow out of the herd mentality and will follow the flock (and its shepherd) wherever it is led.

Therapists sort of try to help and some really do take this seriously and help without harm if possible. Many do not. But this can be said about the world in general, too. We get very little help form anyone, really. It is a miracle any of us ever makes sense of anything. That is why the road to “salvation” is said to be narrow and difficult to walk and very few are taking that road. Most take that broad, easy to travel, and very popular road where everyone else does our thinking for us and we do not have to make any effort in life.

God searches for those who are willing to make and expend effort and pick the course that requires effort but produces very good results that God will find useful and accept for carrying on His plans and purpose, which He had from the beginning.

So we should see therapists for what they truly are, just another group who have ideas and suggestions on what the problems might be and what their solutions might be. Many will not be helped by this, but some will. In almost any thing in life, only a limited number really pursue something with passion and great results.

An example would be that many kids play sports in school or with friends but only a few become professional athletes. Many will sing but only a few will record and far fewer ever turn out to be a popular success at it. Many will learn subjects, but only a few will become innovators and take the subject further in its development.

We all want a solution that will change the whole world. Maybe that is impossible. Maybe God is more of a realist than we have realized and He knows only a few will ever rise to the occasion and make the effort and get the results that many other could get but never bother to try to get.

So expectations for therapies may be very high and that might not be realistic or reasonable. If we help a few, we have done well. So how does Psy* match up with Pt? That depends on the definition of success, right? We’ll see!

But some therapists have done well for some of their patients. This is as much as we can ask. Because in the end, it all depends on the patient, not the therapist. Bad therapists might hurt bad patients. They might make good patients suffer but good patients will usually recover and move on. Good therapists will have some successes and many failures, despite their competent approach and demeanor.

We can blame the therapy, or wonder about the patient. I have often maintained that any number of people might qualify for good advice and it can come from nearly anywhere and does. What matters is what we do when it comes our way, if it comes our way. There are bits and pieces all around us if we are up to the challenge of trying to sort it all out over a lifetime.

That is our challenge before God. To dare to try to figure it all out as best as we can while we are alive. If we are sincere, He will give us the extra help and hand to help us make sense of it all. We might not be aware of it, but it will happen.

The State of Psychology and Psychiatry
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In general, the state of Psy* is a mess, as Art has often pointed out. Full of crap and what is given to lay people is usually void of science or effectiveness. But in fact, most subjects and academics are nearly void of any real “science.” Might as well accept that one.

For Art to pick on Psy* is almost laughable since Psy* is not Sci* (science). No one should take Psy* seriously. Its like shooting fish in a barrel or taking candy from a baby. As well, I find scientific evidence offered in many places from time to time that actually reinforces much of what Arthur has discovered and promoted.

But what Psy* has never done, was pick apart Arthur’s side and theories. Neither have any fans of PT ever bothered to examine the theory critically, from a broad wide critical “western” point of view; what we might call an objective scientific critique to independently verify or deny.

The State of Art
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Can Art and his theories stand up to critical analysis? Since there has never been any good critiques, and since most psychologists would prefer just to ignore it and keep silent so as to deny as much publicity as possible, so that the theory might not spread and gain greater acceptance; we still await a good, thorough, but fair analysis. Welcome to the show. You’ll get it now, though it must be said, that almost no one on any side of this, will care. Mainstream Pay* will not care. PT fans of Janov will not care or bother. They have their god, and his name is Arthur Janov. They adore him without question and believe every utterance of his mouth or pen. Nor will so called Christians ever take an interest in this. They, in general, despise all Psy* and Academics and Science, too. In fact, too often, they seem to despise the Bible as well. So that means I will be lucky if even one soul ever bothers with this article. But it needs to be said. It is the responsibility of the patient, not me, to listen, or not.

So I will not waste much more time with Psy*. As a whole, it is a fraud as famous author, Thomas Szasz, critic of Psy*, has written in his many books, pointing this out. But at the same time, Psy* is not without some good therapists who really care and try and produce some good results. Hats off to those few. But now we turn our magnifying glass on the man who has enjoyed relative freedom from any good critique of his ideas and writings. But 1st, this!

My Psychology Theory
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I do not believe (have faith) in mental health professionals as a profession. It is dishonest. They do not know any better than anyone else. The answers are to be found on our own and each person will have a different set of answers to some degree. There will also be things common to all human beings. And we can get good useful ideas from any and many different sources if we are looking. But at some point in our lives, we must take a critical look at whatever it is we believe and ask our selves why we believe it and whether that explanation is good or not.

If what we believe was given to us by our parents, teachers, TV, newspapers, preachers, or whoever or whatever, because we grew up around them and accepted what they said without question, then we should be concerned. We may have loved and trusted all those we got our info from, but that is common to many, too. At some point, if we have truly grown and advanced at all, we must have found a reason to trust ourselves and have confidence in our own abilities to reason and make decisions for ourselves, so that we do not depend upon others, thinking they have more ability than we do, because they are an authority or celebrity.  

One way to do that is to seek as many different ideas and opinions as possible. With a broad, and as comprehensive as possible, collection of ideas, we can then make a judgment and decision about which are best or worth keeping. We don't stop with the first opinion we find. And seek out opposing ideas so that each is thoroughly tested against the other. Most do not do this. This is what is known as being narrow minded. We want to be broad and thorough in our searches.

Once we trust ourselves, we can go back and re-examine everything in our lives to see if it measures up to critical analysis or not. Now some have a fallout or become disillusioned with life or certain directions and that is what causes us to give more careful thought and re-examine our lives and what we were taught.

But most grow up with parental values of some sort, religious (or lack of) beliefs, political parties, forms of government, and many other things, all of which we got without questioning them and gladly accepting them. Now we start to doubt it all due to bad experiences, perhaps.

My opinion is that everyone has experiences that should make them doubt or wonder. I came to doubt school and my education in my senior year in high school. It was looking like a real fraud. Yet, it was in school that I learned to think for myself apart from my parents. So in reality, I sort of doubted them first. Then I fell for a religion and eventually had a very bad fallout with it/them and I had to question everything I had come to believe to see what was right and what was not. It was a long process since many other subjects were linked to that, as is the case in many subjects. They are almost always related to others. I have never trusted science totally since high school, either.

So I began my search in about 1984, at age 25, when I was not satisfied with any direction in my life at that point. Everything, as I saw it, deserves harsh examination for validity or not. It has been a long endless journey of questioning and slowly assembling the pieces of the puzzle together to form a bigger picture. Nothing was sacred or beyond questioning. In time, a picture started to take shape.

In any person’s life, there ought to be plenty in our insane world that should make them question everything. If you have not, then there is something wrong with you. Because the world is insane and that should be very apparent and then it follows, what is sane, that I can follow it?

This is the only therapy or grounds for starting your own therapy, your own journey, your own search for answers, for what is right and wrong, beneficial or harmful, meaningful or not. But you will need some tools along the way to carry out this search, just as you might need a hammer if you would going to pound nails in wood.

Intellectual Methods and Procedures
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What I found along the years, through my many books I read and experiences I had, in so many subjects, was that there were methods, rules, procedures, and protocols for investigation and research. Science had their “scientific method” which is actually filled with many rules above the simple ones derived from Sir Isaac Newton’s brief simple statements. Lots of do’s and do not’s that are to be observed if your work is to be taken seriously and evaluated by others independently. And it should always be independent and objective. Aristotle said about Law, that law was reason, free from passion or prejudice. That is to say, that law was supposed to be objective and fair. But it was to be the exercise of reason, not feelings. Reasoning that could be verified as such by others.

Law has many rule and procedures. Rules for gathering of evidence, conduct of investigators, rules of court, foundations of law and principle, what constitutes adequate evidence or witness testimony. Any assertion must be clearly and visibly supported by things already accepted as truth or fact, such as a clearly defined law or condition to satisfy a verdict on a point of law. Much can be learned about anything using many precedents of law. Science often avoids following law since law would expose many flaws in science, if applied to it.

Journalists also have laws and rules for testimony and evidence. Is the testimony or source a direct eye witness, or 2nd hand info or just rumor? Was the source a well know publication? Was the assertion commonly accepted by the public at large? Does it make sense? Does the assertion follow rules of science and physics or does it fall apart when compared to those? What are the motives of those testifying to the reporter? That list is along one. Journalists have been dismal failures over the last century, seldom applying any good objective measures, which usually involved the methods of other disciplines such as law or science.

Science is often a poor example to follow as their conduct, many times, violates their own laws and standards as well as those of other disciplines. They make ridiculous laws that no court would ever tolerate under normal circumstances.

The whole purpose of these many rules and protocols for various disciplines is to be able to check each and every little step in a reasoning process so that one can trust the result of that process and detect when someone has made a step that is not supported, thereby leaving the whole reasoning process in doubt.

Carefully following all the rules and procedures, however tedious they might be, is vital to insuring  a proper result. Any rule or procedure broken is apt to lead to error. Error in philosophy might not be so bad, but an error in the calculation of a space vehicle's orbit could leave it out in space where death might be the result. Getting a story wrong in the paper might not result in big harm but getting a verdict wrong in court might cost someone their freedom or life.

But in anything we care about, such as re-examining our lives and determining what is truth and what is not, we need to exercise care and caution so that we do not make errors that would lead us down destructive paths or leave us open to harm. Or we might miss out on something good or worthwhile.

So in the pursuit of answers, we need sound rules and methods for examining thoughts and ideas so that we can sort the good from the bad.

So let this session of court begin. I will borrow heavily from real Science, Law, and Journalism, and maybe even sports or “corporate” policies. I might even borrow some things from the Mob’s book of procedures in some areas, too.

This is my version of therapy. The application of sound methods of inquiry. An inquiry into anything you want, but in this article, to PT and Janov, as well as a Grand Unified Theory of Psychology. I still mention God at times since I want this to be relevant to Christians of good heart. But the primary focus is on purifying our minds and ideas.

Why Is This Important?
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In case you had not noticed, the world can be a very nasty and dangerous place. It is up to no good and those in power, the minority at the top (the 5%, approximately), the very wealthy, seek to influence and control the thinking and behavior of all the world so that they may have the wealth, power, assets, & control, all to themselves for their selfish and exclusive benefit.

From a Christian standpoint, or more properly, a Bible standpoint, we know there is a battle going on, a court case being tried, in which the very essence and nature of humans is being debated and demonstrated for all to witness. Two opposing forces, God and His challenger and adversary, Satan (Hebrew for rebel) by name, influence the people of earth to each demonstrate his point about people.

But Satan does not act with concern for people but only to make them miserable and mislead/kill as many as he can since he lost the most important part of the court case and knows his days are numbered. So he strikes out in anger and jealousy. What remains is that each has their followers-believers here on earth.

But for those who do not believe the Bible or believe in gods or spirits even, then simply accept that primal pain continues to build and corrupt human behavior till soon there will be no kindness or decency left as each generation is hurt more by the previous. It can only go on so long and then it must completely collapse.

As each new generation is born and raised with ever greater need driving them, they seek to manipulate others to get their own needs fulfilled, though satisfaction of needs they can not obtain. This is the world we are all born into. Everyone will try to manipulate us, control us, deceive us, use us, take from us, etc. So we must learn to recognize all the harm and deceit or otherwise, we shall end up becoming victims many times and some of us will become extreme victims and lose our lives to others.

So regardless of what you believe or do not believe, you need to get to know and understand the world you live in and how to survive in it. If you do not learn this, Pt will never do you any good. You may not even live long enough to enter the therapy or finish it. Survival is job 1! Priority 1!

1st Level, Brain Stem
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Those who believe in PT usually despise the intellect and rules, methods, and procedures for discerning knowledge. This is why I need to address the role of the intellect as well as the other roles. Janov identifies 3 levels of the brain. I agree with these levels.  

First we have the brain stem, which handles autonomic functions such as breathing, heart beat, digestion, etc. As well, this handles the most basic drives in us such as automatic fear, anger, excitement, desire to live, fear of death, etc. It is very fast reacting and automatic, instinctive. Janov calls this the 1st level of 3. It protects us by giving us the instantaneous reactions that cause us to fight or run and to live and struggle to live. All our basic drives are in this level. They account for all our very strongest, most powerful feelings and drives. Obsessive-Compulsive behavior is generated from this region as well.

Many situations represent so much danger that one can not have the luxury of time to think and decide what to do. It must be automatic and very fast quick reaction time. But as well, this part is fully formed before we are even born. It is the first part of the brain to form since automatic functions of the fetus must be regulated on their own and in harmony with the mother, too. So it is active from early in the womb and it begins accumulating its own memories from its start. These memories are feelings, deep primal urges that move us to reaction quickly. If we feel we are dying in the womb, that memory as that primal emotion, will be remembered/stored.

But the feelings and controls in this level of the brain are shared by 2 sides, which cooperate and oppose each other as well. Art has never really addressed too much about these opposing sides. One side stimulates and activates while the other side calms and deactivates and even shuts down things. The 2 halves work together to activate/deactivate and stimulate/relax muscles such as heart muscles, and gear the brain up or slow it down and relax it. This is known as the autonomic nervous system. The activation side is known as the Sympathetic nervous system. The relax and shut down side is the Parasympathetic nervous system.

But at this very same time in the womb, there is no cortex or intellectual awareness present to also participate in these events in the womb. More on this in a minute.

2nd Level, Limbic System
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We have the limbic system which includes a number of separate areas that react, regulate, feel, and remember. I will not get into their separate parts and names but overall, these process more subtle or distinctive feelings on a more conscious level. Individual events with attached feelings and reactions and the resultant feelings, not as strong and overwhelming as the 1st level ones, also can cause us to react in quick time but can be more controlled than the 1st level ones. I suspect the 2nd level also acts as the place where associations are made between various parts of the brain, perhaps as a coordination center between the bottom 1st level and the top 3rd level. Many different regions are located in this area. Thalamus, Hypothalamus, Hippocampus, Amygdala, Olfactory Bulb; These are some of the structures of this system/level.

Its hard to distinguish them from the stem or even the cortex when it comes to function. This is why I suggest it is like a control station coordinating all activities above and below. In fact, it is hard to distinctly separate any function. Most are global responses in the brain. Arthur's distinctions, perhaps seem more related to power and amplitude as shown by the waves emitted during primals, some be extremely low in frequency and others higher up.

Delta waves are the lowest, ranging from just above zero to 4 hz. Theta waves range from 4-8 hz. These ranges are very low and were they far more powerful, they would resemble earthquakes. Sub woofers put out below about 60 hz and have trouble getting down to below 10 hz, if that. So we are talking very low. Alpha waves get into mild consciousness at 8-13 hz. The real activity begins in Beta waves of about 13-30 hz range and Gamma waves at 30 hz and over.

Low frequencies are very powerful. What Art describes may be more of frequency range than location, which may not be as specific as we might like. But in general, Art's description of 3 levels is reasonable and accurate to me. But I would say the 2nd level is where much of the sum total of our global brain function is brought together. Our milder feelings are felt here and larger, deeper, more powerful feelings are relayed here from the 1st level.

Like the 1st level, the 2nd has 2 sides in each area, such as emotions that elate or stimulate or excite and then the other side calms ,reduces, and shuts down. In all levels of the brain, the 2 sides oppose each other in many ways, one starting something and the other stopping it or one turning up the stimulation while the other lowers the stimulation.

3rd Level, Neocortex
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This is the neocortex or often referred to by me as just the cortex. There are sections such as frontal, pre-frontal and several others on each side, 2 sides of each as in the other levels. Now Art suggests that the right brain is a mediator between feelings and the left cortex where the intellect is said to reside and function in, for the most part. The cortex receives all the sensory input such as from eyes, ears, etc. These signals are fed to the rest of the brain.

I also wonder about how the right brain might participate in another aspect of knowing or perceiving, and understanding. For instance, brain hemisphere research in the 80s and on tended to identify macro thinking or sensing patterns on the right side, whereas the left side was more analytical and dissecting pieces rather than thinking in overall large patterns.

There is a special connecting bundle of fibers between the two hemispheres known as the corpus callosum which allows the right and left halves to communicate back and forth. The left brain seems to be dominant by day/awakeness and the right by night/sleep. Left is where most language ability is said to reside though I suspect the right participates in some way, as far as the sounds go, as opposed to meanings of words and communication.

I am going to refer primarily to levels rather than which side/hemisphere does what. But the consideration of hemispheres at all levels will be considered. Art tends to attribute most intellect to the left cortex. I'll accept that.

But on a more global level, the intellectual functions, by my accounting, are more global and spread around the brain levels. I assert that the stem has far more control over the function of the intellect that Art may be recognizing. This would be the primary dispute I would have with him. Everything is more global and shared. And qualities such as courage, morality, ego, and intellect are the sum of many parts. And lastly, that the intellect is a powerful and vital part of brain function and personality. And though it does not carry the power of primal memories of the stem, its impact on our existence and function is grossly under-rated in Art's theories, as I interpret them. Simply put in my view, sound thinking is everything. It is what takes consciousness to the next level and makes us in God's image, or if you prefer evolution, what enables us to harness the powers of the physical universe. Lets see an animal do that!

Instinct has its function. But the intellect expands our horizons by great leaps and bounds. I am the foremost advocate of the intellect. It is what enables us to ascend to something so much greater, at least in theory, right? God will make it a reality when He is ready.

Nerve Fibers Map
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I came across this picture in my Life Extension Magazine in Dec. 2011 as I was writing this. It sort of reinforces what Janov stated about nerves reaching out and up into the outer brain the neocortex, which I also refer to as the cortex. I claim "fair usage" of the photo under copyright law.

The brain structures are now shown, just the nerve fiber networks. These nerves extend into the brain and outward from there. As well, the nerves run down through the spinal column and into body. To me, 3 levels of the brain is a general way of referring to the power of feelings and functions. My opinion of what I have found is that much is actually regulated or mediated in the small structures of the limbic system with the stem and cortex representing 2 contrasting structures and functions.

Nerves run through all the systems so that any sensory feedback and any instinctive automatic impulses as well as powerful emotions, what we might call basic drives, can each have their input or "say" in matters. Primitive motion is controlled from the stem and refined motor control resides in the cortex, as best as I understand. Any broad vague function such as courage, conscience, or intellect would be a combination of of various parts performing their duties upon signals/info coming or going through.

More recent research by Janov indicates that resonance of current experience touches off deeper related feelings, which may be partially or even fully encoded at precise frequencies. Different cells give off different frequencies which are in a feedback loop with the brain, which parts also have matching frequencies and alternate ones, too. But Art's theory says that our pain sort of rises according to most recent events and most minor traumas being felt first. Then the larger and more ancient feelings are then brought up.

Yet I and others have noted contradictions to this idea in Art's writings. Does the stem have an arranged priority that varies from this? I can not say for sure. But it no doubt does create some sort of priority list. I would think that current experience would play in part in what is touched off or not. But I have no clinical experience and not enough info from Arthur.

These various nerves do carry many different frequencies to communicate to various places in the body and various function. Dr. Becker's "The Body Electric" gives many details on this. Hulda Clark has done much to expand on this as well and published in her books. "The Cure for all Diseases" would be her best book to consult. Royal Rife did some amazing pioneering work on using specific frequencies to kill very specific pathogens in our bodies, without affecting anything else. he had developed a very powerful optical microscope, which equaled or exceeded electron microscopes, except that his optical scope does not kill what it observes like the other does. So he could watch things take place in the body and he found that certain frequencies would resonate with certain types of cells, and pathogens. Clark found that all pathogens live in relatively low frequency ranges, all below frequencies of living cells in our bodies. Rife identified what frequencies killed what pathogens.

Even German New Medicine Theory and practice revolves largely around frequency wavelengths generated. Gaston Naessens of Montreal, Quebec developed a microscope significantly more powerful than Royal Rife's. Naessens was vigorously at work in the 1980s, and 90s and the trial is left open at 2002. He may still be alive for all I know. He verified many findings of Rife and added more to it. Transmutation was verified for one. Frequencies would be another. I strong urge you to buy or borrow Daniel Haley's "Politics in Healing" for more info on Naessens. Any other source you can find about him, get it, read it. Hint: he has seen with his own eyes many fascinating things that exist within cells and making cells up. If such microscopes exists at all, anywhere else, it will only be within top secret classified labs. Naessens discovered stuff that turns most of conventional medicine and science on its head.

I also suspect that brain signals travel in parallel so that each brain region performs its function nearly simultaneously with other regions. But through it all, some place has to be general and controller of the entire whole brain system. I say the stem, Art's 1st level, is the obvious candidate. Sensory input comes in and decisions go out. The stem has direct connections with both the brain and body.

I say this about the brain. We see the outward functions in behavior. But trying to comprehend the inner workings of the brain and reconcile them with the final results is nearly impossible. Although it is alleged in conspiracy circles that the government has gained great advances in mind/brain control, I suspect that humans are far more problematic than simple animals are. Regardless, we can never be sure because the government certainly will not talk about what they research or now or do not know. But the human mind remains, at least in public and institutionalized circles, far from an exact science.

Art has also admitted great flaws in the thinking and practice of psychology and psychiatry. So we when venture into fields like the one we are discussing right now, we are in largely uncharted territory. So regardless of how dogmatic and forceful the assertions of our dear Dr. Janov are, we are dealing with many unknowns. But we do have the end products, which are our thinking and behavior. Art has not worked out all the problems at this level and he needs to, to have a grand unified holistic theory with no contradictions or discrepancies.

But my suggestion is that functions such as conscience, courage, and intellect can not be as easily compartmentalized and sectioned off as Art has done. Further, he has not discerned the stem control of all things, being the source of instinct and quick decision reactions. But my assertion is that some or even much control can be removed from the instinctive stem and turned over to the intellect, or more properly, allow the intellect to ponder and find improvements in strategy and behavior which the stem can then put into action, over-riding previous instinct reactions.

The Bible identifies a figurative "heart" within us that seems to drive and control everything we say, think, or do. The stem is the source of such things, it would seem to me. Is there a connection between the Bible's heart and modern revelations of the brain stem? I think it possible. But the Bible does declare a control center or heart. Art gets confused and says it goes back and forth between the neocortex/intellect and the stem. I say the intellect only has an influence when allowed to, and that  the intellect's findings are decided on by the stem and implemented, if accepted.

Whether the stem opens up the intellect or shuts it off is its decision alone. The intellect is a slave to the stem. If the intellect seems to be in control, as it would be in a chess game, perhaps, then it is only by the will of the stem.

The Three Together
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Now some will attribute our brains to evolution while we who accept the Bible as the word of God, and God, too, give Him the credit for design. But regardless, the 3 levels of the brain allow 3 different types of perception and sensation. The 2nd level almost acts as an encoding device where sights, sounds, smells and other sensations get connected with fast powerful impulsive strong feelings from the 1st level stem. Our thinking also gets encoded with senses and feelings deep below as well.

The big contrast is between the 1st level and the 3rd level, where thoughts and thinking take place. We need instinctive reactions. But we also need a time to give to careful analysis and decision making that might evaluate things that can not be discerned in immediate visceral instinctive terms like the 1st level stem does. Each type of sensation and operation has a clear and important benefit. Long range plans and understanding of long range benefits and harm, come from many collected memories and experiences over time and with processing. Short term fast reaction can be life saving and taking care of autonomic functions frees the intellect up to give attention to more important matters that are not so tedious and not so in need of immediate attention like breathing might be.

Once we are past the immediate concerns, long term welfare needs attention. Are we in danger of being attacked by hostile neighbors? We can evaluate and either move or prepare for fighting and develop fighting skills and equipment. We can design, build, plan, etc.

Mindless devotees of PT often believe the intellect is an evolutionary mistake and a waste of time and space in our skulls. They get that impression from Art and perhaps not without some justification, too. More later.

The intellect also allows us another ability that animals do not have. The ability to look at, and examine ourselves, our own thinking, behavior, even motives. It can evaluate whether our behavior is beneficial or detrimental. There is almost nothing it can not contemplate and understand. Even the laws of physics can be grasped and used in many ways. We can evaluate our world and decide what it is and how we might best get by in it.

Instinctive 1st level reactions are very immediate and selfish. They can not think 3 steps beyond the immediate. A well trained intellect can look many steps beyond 1 action and determine an entire course of many actions. Lets look at some examples.

Polar bears migrate from north to south in winter and north in summer. Instinct at work. Man can learn climate fluctuations and plan and build shelters to enable survival if migration is interfered with, such as permanent climate change, hostile tribes in one place or the other, or develop a pattern of moves to allow a small area to recover from human habitation in a yearly cycle, perhaps.

Man can become aware of so many things that animals can not. He is far more flexible and adaptable in the long term. As well, man can place his volatile reactionary impulses and emotion under control  . . . or can he?

He might wonder about his seemingly irrational over-reactions. Why does he have them? How might he control them so he does not harm anyone or get in trouble or offend anyone? But here is where Art and I are going to disagree with what might seem as a very small point that does not have any real significance but I say they are wrong.

But how we end this section is that the intellect can offer us an extended set of abilities to further extend himself into his world and understand himself on a level animals can not. Does he need this understanding and consciousness? Not unless you believe in God who has plans and expectations. Or unless you believe evolution “saw” such needs as useful and even valuable.

Whose the Boss?
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What I will now discuss is a substantial dispute between Art and I.

It would seem like communication between the 3 levels ought to be able to go either way. After all, sensory input must reach all levels, right? Yes, and they do. But there are some paths that only go up, says I. Art says they can go both ways. Let me explain.

Art says that the cortex/intellect can literally take over the entire brain system and boss and mislead the 1st/2nd level core. In other words, the cortex /3rd level is very powerful, by Art’s accounting. Well, I did not buy this for a minute. My contention, and sometimes Art’s, too, is that the 1st level is where our most powerful feelings and emotions come from. Being so powerful, they are the boss. They tell the cortex what to do and it does it as a good obedient slave. But Art goes back and forth on this one. He can not make up his mind nor see the contradiction or explanation. It only takes one little loose end to undo a knot in its entirety.

The heart or center of the brain, from my thinking, would be the instinct and strongest feelings. It is the one we must be on guard against according to Jeremiah.  And I am not unaware that the Bible is not a scientific basis. It is a hunch that I believe has merit in a scientific basis.

So what happens when the cortex seems to act as a gate or road block, or even shut down info from below? How is it that the cortex can think up absurd ideas that take us off in insane directions or seemingly delude us and deceive us? It does have that appearance, no? But does the neocortex do this of its own accord or is it instructed by another level?

I say that the combined 1st/2nd levels, the core as I call it, control the cortex completely and tell it what to do. So if we want the intellect residing in the cortex to do an honest objective analysis of something, the order to do so much come from below. If we want to be lied to and deceived so we can feel better, the intellect can do that, too, if ordered to do so. It is very obedient and very capable of doing almost anything the core asks of it.

If the intellect is freed from insincere motivations and aimed or pointed in a certain direction, our abilities are pretty much unlimited, relatively speaking. Our advancement of technology is evidence of that. We don’t see animals manufacture computers or fly planes in the air, much less talk and philosophically speculate. But the intellect will only render the services requested and not beyond.

So how do we deceive ourselves with our own thought process? The core says we do not want the uncomfortable truth about our self, or the outside world. So find some sort of rationalization to tell us we are just great and so is the world. And stop being so observant, too! The intellect complies.

So why can’t the intellect take over? Because instinct does have self preservation programming built into it that can not and should not be over-ridden. My best example of how the core works is an example I use often. In the WWII Pacific arena, a pilot had been substantially wounded but was not aware of it when it happened. The sense of danger and need for alertness was deemed so great in his instinct survival mode that the danger of injury was seen at this time as very unimportant compared to surviving and preserving its life so the pain was blocked and the fighter pilot continued on. He came in for a landing but as he was coming down, he began to relax. The battle was over and he had made it back or so it seemed.

All of a sudden the pain shot up through his shoulder and arm and he could not steer well anymore. He lost control on the deck and crashed into the side of the flight control building on deck. He was OK but the plane was not useable after that.

Now normally, injury and pain receive priority treatment. Very few things can override it. But if the core is persuaded that the situation they are in is really that serious that injury is less important at that point, then the pain is blocked, entirely, until the danger is past. The pilot did not make the decision about the pain. He was not even aware he had been hit. The level of alertness, concentration, and fear of danger were too high to allow the pain messages.

Instinct must always be the command and control center, often making decisions without even informing the conscious intellect. Now Art has admitted that there are lots of pathways and connections going from the core to the cortex. And also admitting that there are very few paths going from the cortex to the core. When pain arises to be felt, it comes from below to above. Pain is an automatic function. The intellect has no part in it.

Now Art would point out, if I let him, that the brain has gates and road blocks. Does it? And who constructs those gates, anyway? And who opens and shuts them, acting as regulator and boss? They may be in the cortex, but does the intellect control them or are they controlled by the core even as the intellect is?

I say the core builds gates and sends messages. The core can hold its messages and deny the cortex feelings. It does so because survival is threatened by certain overwhelming messages of devastation or death. When overwhelmed, the core blocks it off and keeps it buried there within the core. In theory, when the core senses that all is well and the person has developed sufficient abilities to comprehend and process the pain, then the pain can be released in small limited doses rather than all at once, so that the intellect and person is not overwhelmed. The pain is released and absorbed by the cortex in small digestible portions that the conscious cortex can handle.

For example, we do not eat a month’s supply of food all at once. It would not be possible. We would be overwhelmed. Likewise, a feeling of such great magnitude and proportion could be so powerful and overwhelming that the cortex can not take it all at once. It must be fed smaller doses, even as we eat 3 meals a day, rather than 90 at one sitting to last a month.

So the core decides what we get and how much we get and how often. It decides when signals will even be sent. The cortex does not tell it, “I am ready for pain now.” The core must come to feel that this is the time for it. It must feel safe and secure to some degree. Then an experience and its feelings are had by the person and they resonate and touch off the feelings waiting to rise and be fed to the cortex.

If the core does not feel safe and secure, it will not send up feelings and pain. It will instruct the cortex to block any residue coming up. Gates can leak if they are not formed well or not developed to be strong and effective like muscles are. The core might even instruct the cortex to get real active and distract the brain and body.

Now the core still receives input from the senses that come from the cortex and can also get feedback from the intellect. There are ideas previously known or even accepted that the intellect might recognize as incompatible with new information and the potential threat is felt and discerned on all levels. The core might quickly react to shut the cortex down or take another direction or ignore the new input. But if no danger is sensed, the core might let the analysis of the new info be processed without hindrance or subversion.

Now over a period of time, the intellect may come across ideas such as objectivity and detailed analysis. The self might have been rewarded a few times by employing the intellect in an objective way. After a few of these experiences, the core may decide that maybe it might be beneficial, despite possible threat, to let this analysis of new thought or input continue objectively, without interference from fear or other bias. So again, it lets the intellect proceed unhindered and un-interfered with.

But this is something that must be trained and cultivated. Natural instinct protects our good self-images we create of ourselves. We call this our ego. It takes certain experiences or ideas to slowly persuade the core, with its own feelings and reactions that work in harmony with the cortex and intellect, that letting the intellect have some freedom and some time to evaluate and process without being disturbed or interfered with. The core and the cortex learn to time-share. The cortex has to have some time to reflect and evaluate and report back to the core. The core always remains sort of on to protect. It never shuts down. All impulses originate from the core. But it can and does give time to the cortex.

Our lives depend on learning how important it is that we learn to be objective and think objectively so that we get accurate information that we can act on according to what is in our own best long term interests. In order to face a dangerous corrupt world full of primal pain and the dangers inherent in that, we must know what the real situations are and how to best cope with them in both the long and short term.

Too often, the split second reactions of the core are too fast and too immediate and short sighted. After some bad experiences, our evaluation in the intellect may reveal that there is a better long term reaction to be made in such future similar encounters that we reacted to instinctively, the wrong way or the way not as beneficial.

The intellect gives us that long term detailed evaluation that can show that not all instinctive reactions are the best in all situations. We spend a lifetime learning when to do something and when not to. Each level brings its specialties to the collective table of our minds. They work or at least can work together for their mutual benefit. That is what we must learn and the quicker the better.

3 Levels and 2 Halves of Each
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Art has all but forgotten the 2 halves of the 1st level. Yes, activation and deactivation. These are known as the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. They can speed up breathing or heart beats, and slow them down as well. One side or the other can act on the body and rest of the brain. But there are powerful feelings here, too, in the stem. Survival is one of those.

Depending on our circumstances or experience, we may react to an event by getting activated and pumped up, or by retreating or shutting down. If a serious trauma is experienced, our original prototype from birth may determine how we will react to that new experience.

Our core also reacts to continual sensory input along with the rest of the brain. And it will react as it will and it will rule and regulate how the rest of the brain will correspond and react. One side or the other, of the stem, the 1st level, will dictate to the other 2 levels. But which side? It would likely be a combination of the 2 sides but since each side has a different effect, there is clearly room for conflict between the 2 sides. A conflicted 1st level? Why not? And the conflict could involve whether to accept or reject observations of the intellect, or at least direct the intellect toward more investigation or to avoid it.

It would be my suggestion/speculation that both sides have an influence on each other. The 1st level can not be unaware of what is going on in the cortex and intellect. It must react to the intellect and how this all takes place is not fully clear to me either but there would have to be some negotiations going on between levels and between opposite sides/hemispheres of the same level. Ultimately, the 1st level and core is going to be the decision maker as I would see it.

The stem has accumulated much experience and memory long before the cortex even came along. The cortex still develops after birth and has a long way to go. So the core keeps its memories and experience without the benefit of the cortex in its fully developed state. So these memories are kept in storage and on reserve till such time as the cortex is ready to receive them so it can perform its duties on these experiential memories and integrate them into a complete picture felt and known as a whole and understood by its individual components and details as well. Each level has its perspective to offer. All 3 levels and both sides must all operate, ultimately, toward a consistent integrated whole. This whole collective is what the Bible calls soul, our whole consciousness. Many in Christianity confuse this with spirit. Souls are not invisible spirits. Soul is another word for the complete total consciousness of the entire brain. Just for the record!

Our cortex was not fully developed when we were born. It missed out on that. But it can and will get the chance to experience it when the core decides time and circumstance are right and the cortex is ready for it.

But in the 1st level, experiences continue. If the experiences are particularly good or considerably traumatic, or repetitive mild trauma, then the stem can be altered or adjusted on either or both sides. As well, thoughts and ideas are obtained and processed to which the stem will react to, in its curious and mysterious way.

Now while it is true that the core is in charge and is boss, it does not mean that the intellect has no influence or suggestive power. But the ultimate decision will be made by the core, not the intellect. But if the parents have a lot of input into the intellect AND the emotions/feelings of the core as well, by holding the child, taking in a calm soothing warm voice, with some hugs at times and maybe even a kiss, some assuring pats or a caress, and whatever, that communicates by so many pathways that love is there, then the child will respond strongly.

When the child is immersed in this environment, its ears hang on every word. Ideas have a far great chance of penetration and permanence in the forefront of memory. Bonds build, trust grows. Parents can make or break a child. Sadly, far more are broken than made. It’s a fact! That is why kids could go to a theater on Congress St. in Portland Maine in 1960, without worry of danger. It would be impossible now. Our world is far nastier now and will only get worse as long as Primal pain continues to accumulate in greater amounts as is natural for it to do.

But the goal for real Christians and any human with a brain/intelligence, is to convince and demonstrate to the core that the intellect is best served by objectivity in the function of the intellect. The core must accept this or the intellect will never be left alone to do the right job.

But it is the harsh odds that dictate that most will not rise to this level where the intellect can be allowed objective freedom. But this is our highest state of being and operation and is a goal worth pursuing if possible. We are in a state of near perpetual hypnosis and resist awakening, because being awake is much too painful.

So when I say that the core must be persuaded to let the intellect do its job properly, that means that it must see some advantage to letting the intellect do its thing.

We Must Learn to Learn
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We must take the time to sharpen our powers of reasoning and analysis. We must learn the rules and habits of good thinking, the methods commonly applied to try to distinguish and separate good conclusions from bad ones, tainted motives from pure ones. We must learn to be objective and detect corrupting feelings and or at least, by analysis, reveal what is likely corrupted and what is pure and sensible, reasonable, verifiable. We need to learn how to discern if our intellectual products are verifiable by something. Can they accurately predict short term future outcomes? Are they effective at advancing our knowledge and skills? Are they effective at helping us avoid trouble and gaining advantages. Can failures and success be explained after their results are in? These are some of the benefits of a precise and objective intellect. It delivers accurate reliable results we can trust and use in many ways. Lies certainly do not help us, especially if we do not know they are lies.

But I grant that this is as much a gift and luck as it is effort. Those born in horrible circumstances will be at a far great disadvantage than someone raised with a measure of love and reasonableness. But I notice that Arthur does not teach logic or methods of inquiry. Far from it! In fact, he runs from such things and so do his fans.

Most of them despise the intellect entirely. It is the enemy because Art told them it was the enemy to "feeling." To him, the intellect is the boss and the problem because he has failed to recognize that the core is in charge at all times. He does not understand the role of the intellect and all his “kids” reflect this attitude. They have substituted him for their father and he carefully protects that guardian role with pleasure and vigilance. They believe his every word without question and he dictates without reflection and censors any ideas that challenge his own.

Maybe he protects his ego, or maybe he thinks he is protecting his “kids,” his followers, who he sees as vulnerable. They are vulnerable and always have been and will remain so. But they must be allowed to fend for themselves and either make it or fail. Most will fail and pain will grow. It is like the law of gravity. It can not be repealed or ignored.

I will demonstrate more on this by showing you the writings or Arthur Janov so you can see for yourself that there is some sort of agenda or blind spots that hinder Arthur even to this very day so that he can not see some things or does not want to see them.

Art needs to further develop his logic and evaluation skills such as used by Aristotle, Mortimer Adler and others. He must study the analysis methods used in law, science, journalism and the like. Then he must accept his role and responsibility to teach his adopted “kids” how to do the same. It should be easy since he has employed science in the past, but he does not see where science leaves off and speculation fills in.

To help them get rid of their pain while not also showing them why the intellect is a vital part of the whole mind is an injustice and serious wrong. Consider this! Art says that his therapy practice of just 5-7 years ago is now obsolete. It has changed and improved that much.

Well, he has been practicing and refining for over 45 years. Has he been doing it wrong for 40? Not wrong but certainly not as well as would have been preferred. And certainly not without mistakes and failures. And even now, he is missing a big chunk of the entire formula, namely the importance and role of the intellect.

He needs to teach how to rationalize and reason objectively and perceptively. But this is not only feared by him, but he suggests it is impossible without primal therapy. Intellectual skill is feared by those that control the entire world and yes, someone does have their hands of the reigns of this world. That is why my ideas get more resistance and hatred than all others thoughts and schools of thought. Nothing is more threatening to the status quo than cool headed, rational, logical reasoning and analysis that sees right through to the truth every time and sees past all lies and errors.

There is a war in the world against knowledge and intelligence for the masses, and for all. This war seeks to keep most in darkness and ignorance. And Art is right there to help them keep up this war against humanity’s enlightenment. He will help you get rid of your pain but will not help you to use your intellect effectively. Nice guy, huh?

But its up to each of you Janov fans to decide who your gods will be. Arthur? Or your own powerful intellect and judgment? Personally, I don't believe or trust in anyone. Just me. I trust me! You should try it, too.

A Choice to Make
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For me, I believe it was the will of God that we be as smart as He is, if it were possible. He does not want us ignorant or trusting to the point where we do not think anymore. God loves thinkers. He hates physical laziness and intellectual laziness as well. He does not feel threatened by knowledge, for He has nothing to hide or conceal and is not up to anything bad nor have any ill motives. He is pure in His intentions and conduct.

So whoever your god is, pick a good one where it is not only OK to be smart but in fact, is an obligation and religious duty to be so. God does not fear being questioned. He let another person, a spirit, of obvious bad inclinations and motivations, question Him and accuse Him; and God gave this rebel spirit free speech. You will not see Arthur do that. HE censors and controls everything. He owns you all and owns the therapy of humans and he will decide what you will hear or not, for only he is smart enough to know and if he had his way, the whole PT and its therapy would be owned, copyrighted, trademarked, and patented, for his exclusive use because no one else is anywhere near as qualified as the great and infallible, all knowing Arthur Janov, PhD. He did apply for trademarks, I believe. You are all dummies in his eyes and he must protect you from yourselves, ever as the government does. Why, if I am not mistaken, is that not a halo over his head and rays of light falling on him? I fear for you all, you primal fans.

You have admitted Art as the father you never had. Its not the worst choice but it is also one that you accept without question and if there is just 1 thing you should learn about life, it is that no one should be above question. Not even God. So dump on the Bible if you will, but what other religious doctrine sanctions the questioning of a god? God does not fear questioning, but Art does. If you can be fine with that, I fear for you very much. Cult leaders also say they should not be questioned. And many obey that quite willingly. So now we have Art in the same arena as cult leaders, right up there with Jim Jones. Now I don’t say Art is anywhere near as dangerous as Jim Jones. Or is he?

But if Art is keeping you from intellectual enlightenment and maybe worse, from being enlightened about God, Himself and His plans, then Arthur may well be as bad as Jim Jones in the large scheme of things. Jim Jones knew better for his people than they did for themselves, so said Jim. Art thinks, I suspect, that he knows better for you than you know for yourselves. That is the start of something very potentially bad, if it is so. And what is more, I believe Art has a real deep grudge and hatred of the concept of God or religion prescribed by God. If he makes that decision for himself, that is fine. But if he also makes it for all others in denying open voice about it, then it is not so fine. It is dangerous. Even if God or god is not real, Art has no right to decide anything for you. That is your right alone.

Many today feel the government is out of line and out of bounds by deciding for us what is in our best interests. And I would agree with that. But it is OK for Art to do so, right? Oh, Andrew says contradictions are nothing and we should not care about contradictions or consistency. Andrew also scares me.

Wake up and smell the coffee, you damn fools! And for Arthur, you need to come clean, confess your errors, and make some adjustments. Don't make too many decisions for your readers and patients. I want to see the intellect given the credit it deserves. What you blame on the intellect, belongs to the stem. The intellect does not harm therapy. If a patient is resisting pain, then look to the stem for that is the source of all problems, says I.

Objections to the Intellect
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Now it is suggested by Art that a strengthened intellect can interfere with Primal Therapy and feeling. I got several views on this. 1st, who controls the intellect? Now if I am right and the core is behind the control, then when Art tries to get past the gates, the core says “no way, Jose!” "We are not letting down what has proved to be an excellent tool and protective barrier, too. It stays where it is!"

Further, the core can be very intuitive and not share this with the intellect, or with people outside of itself, either. So if they (the core) do not like what they sense in Art, then they simply refuse him access. They do not trust or feel comfortable with him. They do not feel safe and secure. It could happen! Why not? I think this is what happened to Alice Miller, who supported Art and his theory but was left, I assume, with a slightly bad taste in her mouth with Art, personally, and so she chose another direction for therapy. Interesting!

Just off hand, Art strikes me as very opinionated, head strong, slightly slow to see some things, and with serious blind spots if not deliberate aversions that he steers others from. I do not sense softness or tenderness. I find many things lacking and a rare few others have also found the same. It has been expressed on Art’s blog. Art does not like differing ideas. For a number of years, he resisted his patients when they suggested that they had experienced (relived) being born. After a while, it finally sunk in, but it took a good deal of time for him to accept it. Fails to trust his patients. Even now, some have suggested things they have done and Art rejects it. More of the same? Who knows? Art does not strike me as the sharpest knife in the drawer.

His discovery of PT? Read the Primal Scream and you will see it was accidental in the first few pages. The guy had a primal without Art knowing or expecting it or trying to bring it up. Others now say they have primaled alone once or twice. I started to break out once. I got it under control, not knowing at that time at age 18 or 19, what it even was. It was so difficult to stop. Like nothing I ever experienced before. It was unforgettable. But I would not understand it for another 10 years. But I know what triggered it. But Art saw what happened to that 1st patient and was fascinated as he should have been. Not big discovery there. The mystery is why more have not recognized it. But Art instinctively knew he needed to explore this further. And along with way he began to develop a treatment, a therapy, for this buried pain within.

But the core is likely the obstacle to getting those gates to open up. After all, it is the core’s choice to send pain up or not. You see, pain signals can leak. Yes, and they can be premature, too. Not all gates work good. The core might be holding back but the gates might not be very strong. So leaks happen. Janov applies drugs to help act as gates so that pain can come in the proper amounts when things are right.

So while some gates are in the cortex, it is still the core that opens them or shuts them. The brain might resist but at a certain point, the core insists and up it comes, in all its terror or whatever else it is. If the core is divided or uncertain, then it may be difficult to get the pain to rise. We all know about being in the zone, the primal zone. Not too much stimulation and not too little or too much repression. The core might even direct a frenzy of thought to be conjured by the cortex. The core is very powerful. It contains the most powerful impulses in the entire brain.

Janov blames the intellect because he may hate and fear the intellect. Lots of scary things there, to him, maybe. Maybe he has always found certain intellectual reasonings to be problematic and difficult or impossible to refute. Who knows? But he certainly does have it out for the intellect, even though he says he does not. Why do so many of his followers believe the cortex and intellect were a mistake and blight? The fruit don’t fall far from the tree, I am told.

In fact, Janov ignores what he himself says when he points out that there are not many connections going down from the cortex to the core. But there are many coming up. That is because primal (core) pain only goes one way. Yes, it is a one way street. You can carve that in stone!

Now lets be the devil’s advocate to my ideas. Lets say the cortex also has power and ability to influence or even control the core. And the cortex can even overpower and overrule the core! Then why can it not also go right down there to the core and make it give up its pain? Send a signal and get that pain right up here now or else I’m coming down there and you won’t like it when I do, Mr. Core!

Art talks much of evolution in all this but he misses key points. Instinct is always in power and has the override switch in its control. The reason? Because critical survival usually required split second reactions. It always has priority unless it and not the cortex, is convinced that cortical control is more important in this instance than stem/core control such as the fighter pilot example I used earlier. These feelings of pain, awaiting revelation and integration, belong to the core to give up or not. They are part of this core instinct that ultimately controls all. Arthur took the evolutionary setup and dumped it out onto the floor and kicked it around. The intellect was no longer subservient or “Johnny come lately” but now usurped and over threw evolution (or God if you prefer) and changed the whole structure evolution put into place. Ah, but Andrew says to ignore it all, so who cares if Art is all confused again?

Art keeps flip flopping back and forth. He can not make up his mind, nor explain the created contradictions. He does not even see them for he does not use logic and sound reasoning to eliminate contradictions and inconsistencies. For after all, who needs the intellect with all its valueless ability. It was all just a big mistake, anyway, as Jack would insist. It just interferes with feeling. Why, better would it be, if we just did not have an intellect. And he is far from being alone on that one.

Art’s own theory will not allow the intellect to become supreme for that was not its position in the evolution of things. Now, did you just catch that contradiction, there? He does not want the intellect to have any strength or input, yet then he turns around and says the intellect can boss the boss, the stem. What? Which is it, Art? But really, in my view, Art does not like the products of the intellect, good sound reasoning that can be verified by others if they employ sound analysis.

Of course, I’d say the core was created by God, but I still recognize His brilliant design in the whole mind. Of course, my theory might allow more possibility for the intellect to ascend to supremacy except there are some other doctrinal issues that would not allow this. But I am not addressing Christians primarily in this article so I dispense with those. The design of the brain by God still requires the instinct, the “heart,” to be in control and one day, to be rehabilitated so that it does not create harm and havoc and will be free of pain that causes most of the havoc to begin with.

But with Art missing the very critical distinction in the intellect and, I suspect but can not prove, he likely despises the intellect for reasons maybe even he is not fully aware of. All I know is that he is still a flawed man like us all and not a god. Further, no primal patient, even fully free from all accumulated pain, will be perfect in thinking or judgment. We are still very fallible, frail, and vulnerable to errors in thinking and judgment. We would still have drives and ambitions to some degree, which could interfere with the intellect.

Art contends, I gather, that being relieved of all pain would create flawless thinking. If he does contend this, he is wrong and I say, let him prove what he says. How would or how could he prove this? He is very good proof that it is not so.

Other Issues Not Addressed by Art
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Getting hot in here, isn’t it? ;-) Well, something that many theologians and philosophers have often discussed are things like conscience, intellect, courage, ego and other such concepts. Arthur’s writings have been rather void of some of these terms for the most part. They need to be addressed. But philosophy and reasoning are not Art’s strong points so he kind of steers away from them.

The Conscience
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What is a conscience? How does it work? Is it real? I say it is very real. Con-science comes from 2 Latin words, con, being both or 2 in number, and science, meaning to know and understand. The very word seems to indicate 2 ways of knowing something which is about how it is applied in the Bible and in philosophy and ethics, morals, etc. Even in law it is used.

But Art might think it a useless term from a primal standpoint. We’ll see. But I would suggest that whether there is a conflict between the 2 halves of any level or a conflict between various levels, that these may very well be the operation of the “conscience.” I would suggest that the conscience is more complex than just 2 halves fighting it out. Many areas are likely involved.

All parts of the brain seek unity and harmony. When we experience a desire that conflicts with knowledge of rules, or when rules seem to contradict what “feels” right, or any sort of conflict or contradiction is felt, the brain as in integrated whole, will seek a resolution on the conflict and will feel discomfort while it is unresolved.

Of course, from a PT point of view, many things do not feel right but conscience is more at feeling bothered if contemplating certain actions which tend to feel wrong or are known to be wrong. The mind does not like to act in ways that violate their sense of right and wrong. When we do act contrary, we feel guilt and shame.

Conscience is one of those moral type subjects and dilemmas. Art does not like to go near those too often, as he says he does not want to judge but there is plenty he does judge, in my view, so I do not know why he shies from this. But it begs resolution.

A conscience can sometimes be retrained on a matter, if the reasons for change are strong and compelling, or if the action one wants to take can be legitimately justified so that the conscience no longer feels uncomfortable. But it’s a potentially dangerous place to be as well, for once we go past a perceived boundary, and do so a few times, it does not feel so wrong anymore. It seems quite average and ordinary. So it is always good to exercise caution. But I would like to see it addressed far more by Arthur.

But whether a conflict of feelings, or a conflict of thoughts and reason, unresolved conflicts that are allowed to continue as conflicts, will surely cause great harm. Eventually, splits in the mind occur. We deaden parts of our mind, or maybe the core does it, but whatever, we become less conscious and less functional. The mind always seeks integration and resolution of conflicts. We want to resolve conflicts. I believe the quality of courage is a major key to taking on the challenge of a conflict and resolving it so that harmony may once again rule the whole mind/soul.

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A fascinating subject all by itself. For it is both a feeling and a system in the function of the mind. We can feel empathy for someone. But as well, there is what I will call the Empathetic system, whereby we can, if not damaged or walled off, read people's emotions, which ability seems to be hard wired into humans. And we react and "give off" emotions that others can see and read, if they are not broken. We use this system constantly to monitor and read people. It enables us to not just see things, but interpret them, feel them, to know what they are feeling inside.

Psychology studies have found that facial expressions have a significant effect on us. We are normally very sensitive to facial expressions, and body posture and motions as well. In fact, some animals like dogs are far more sensitive to our body signals that even we are. And this communication seems to cross species barriers. Animals will often respond much differently to small children than they will an adult human. But this empathetic system is a consistent one over the whole of nature and biology, it would seem. It is pervasive and far reaching.

This Empathetic system may be part or even most, of what helps form the conscience. We feel what the other person feels and if it is fear or pain and we like them, we may want to help or feel empathy for them, at the least. But if we would want to slight or hurt and we recognized pain, we might think it justified and allow it. On the other hand, we might see the pain and feel guilty about it. We then either stop causing pain or risk slighting our conscience and even severing it or reducing it. There are lots of feeling conflicts and thinking ones, too. Conscience is not explored that much in psychology or PT.

But to ignore the conscience, from a Bible standpoint, is a very dangerous thing. What I can say about it, otherwise, is that if you go over the line, its not as scary the next time you are confronted with it. continually go over it, and soon it will not bother you at all. This can be very dangerous. Many psychopaths can not read people because reading people would mean feeling what they feel as you inflict great suffering or harm on them. So you can't feel what you can not see and recognize. The empathy system is shut down to allow decisions to be made without feeling or compassion.

Those who are loved find it much easier to read people and feel sympathy and empathy. Those done great harm may lose the ability to feel anything or recognize anything. As well, one might have some empathy, but decides, for instance, that wealth and power might be preferable to keeping their conscience clean, so they willfully ignore their conscience and eventually deaden it, maybe even destroy it. But as for who is salvageable and who is beyond saving, that is better left to God. Otherwise, I do not know how one might determine such things. But there are those I have considered beyond help. And I stay as far from them as possible.

But in USA law and more strictly in Bible law, we place legal limits on how far one can go and if those limits are exceeded, then we imprison for life or execute those who go too far. But in the Bible, the conscience is sacred. It was the violation of conscience in Adam and Eve that cost them unlimited never-ending life and began the aging process that leads to death. PT fans might see it as a great split and trauma experienced by the couple due to the rejection of God.

But the empathy system is one we would do well to know more about. Being able to read people and circumstances is vital to wisdom and reasoning, and even survival, at times. Without it, we are dead in the water and dead to God. But those without conscience might well find a welcome mat waiting for them in the corporations of America and the world and governments all over the world, too. But you will cause havoc and destruction to human beings. Its your choice. Choose wisely.

Arthur had written a good article on his blog about psychopaths. He treats the subject much like I address the conscience. He seems to suggest that psychopaths are broken and unsalvageable. This would be what I see, from a Biblical standpoint, as a severed or defiled conscience. But we both see a point where something can no longer be fixed or retrieved.

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I have always seen courage as a vitally important quality to possess in order to pursue knowledge. Truth can be very scary. That is why many, if not most, avoid even looking into Primal Theory/Therapy since it asks us to face the fear that resides deep within us. But facing fears, danger, threats, are clearly important at certain times and circumstances. For in a world of danger, corruption, and dishonesty, courage will be essential for survival. But this is the paradox, for it is a certain sense of survival that often causes us to run from fears of truth about our world or the situation we live in. So we go into denial.

The stem has to come to the conclusion that the truth, however dreadful or scary, is still worth pursuing and obtaining, perhaps believing the truth to be of far greater advantage than avoiding the fear it presents. Art has brought this one up before, I am sure. But he fails to recognize the continuing role that fear of going against the grain and orthodoxy of the establishment can present to us. Even if we had no primal pain in us at all, we would still have the fear of rejection from the world if we ventured to where they did not want us to venture, intellectually or academically. So getting Pt will not help us think better or more courageously.

Are there consequences of avoiding fear of the majority? There absolutely are consequences. But as well, there are consequences of going against ourselves and our need for truth and reality and being true to ourselves and our needs. Some will suppress and deny their own needs in order to preserve their relationships and acceptance of their peers.

But where does courage reside within us? I say its likely a number of qualities in that the whole mind encompasses this quality and others, like conscience. It matters not what the details of its operation are. It is a quality we must embrace. Fear is a terrible master and it is the Bible, of all things, that says love casts fear out into the darkness. Indeed, love can make all the monsters go away and if we have love from the beginning, we will not have a lot of fear in us that might keep us compromised in our journey through life.

I would like to see Arthur address the subject of courage more. For I believe that personal courage is essential to bring up pain, whether it is fear of the intellect or that residing deep below and causing us fear or anxiety. The real strength and power of feeling is in the stem, which is why I believe the courage is to be found there, primarily. We can comprehend in the intellect, why courage is vital, but if the stem is not willing to go along with it, then I doubt any success will be had.

Now Art blames the intellect for some types of reactions that keep pain from coming up but the intellect blocking pain sounds silly to me. Pain will not come up unless the stem sends it or the gates are leaking some. Otherwise, I believe sending of pain is an involuntary reflex like puking or breathing. If the stem feels that all is right and safe, its should be easy for the pain to come up if courage has been cultivated. But keep in mind the 2 opposing halves of the stem. Could there be conflict between the 2 over whether to send pain or not? I think it is at least a possibility. Regardless, somewhere in that stem, the decision or indecision will be made to send or not.

I can not answer for you just exactly how the stem becomes courageous other than it is moved, or not, by what comes across to it from the intellect, which is comprised of both the senses and of thoughts. Maybe love helps make braving the pain more possible. But it is the essence of courage that leads to intellectual boldness and daring. It is also what makes us willing to stand up to intimidators and persecutors and even executioners rather than compromise our integrity and our sense of what is right and wrong, which is our conscience.

If we have courage and we have conscience, then we are capable of almost any good. But if we do not have them, we will likely go with which ever way the winds of human change blow us in. God looks for those who will live by their conscience, courage, and solid sound strong reasoning. Arthur does not believe in God. I am not sure what he would say or think about conscience, courage, and reasoning. I do know the world in general hates those things since they get in the way of corrupt power mongers and elite who only care about their power, wealth, and privilege.

But conscience is still important, even if you do not believe in God. In our world, there is still a need for integrity and courage since power mongers will often ask people to ignore or violate law and principle, both is which are well vouched for or why do we have them? If we are to avoid compromise and not dramatically increase pain and trauma, then we need that personal courage to do the right thing, whether adhere to sensible laws or pursue forbidden knowledge.

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Ego and extreme ego, what they call megalomania, are fascinating topics. How some get such distorted views of themselves often boggles the mind. It is a common feature in humans. We create an opinion of our selves, an image of ourselves, always a good flattering one, if not one blown out of all sense of proportion. But it is the extreme defense of the ego that is more interesting for there are those upon which any little tiny suggestion of a problem is perceived as a horrendous insult, attack, or injury that must be answered immediately and forcefully.

I would say that those with the most sensitive and reactionary defenses are also the ones feeling the worst about themselves, deep inside, and fear is brought to the surface when someone draws attention to a flaw. The real fear may be that the criticism is true or might expose one for what they truly are. Retaliation can be swift, certain, and severe. Jesus got killed for it. So did Socrates. Philosophy can be a very dangerous profession. Morality has its perils as well.

Ego can be a defense and a great fear can be aroused when it is threatened. Courage also can play a big part in overcoming defensiveness, perhaps putting the remark in perspective, rather than amplifying it. Maybe reducing our evaluation of ourselves into a more reasonable assessment. But bringing an ego under control can have all sorts of advantages and keeping the ego inflated can do us lots of harm and alienate many. Those who display ego, also display to us a warning sign. "Caution: Neurosis at Work! Anything can happen!"

Now let me ask, how strong is an ego? Well, it can be seen as life threatening. And where would such fear be found? In the stem, of course. And if one were to stop or try to stop an ego from asserting itself or attempt to alter it in a diminishing way? Wow, that would take incredible power to stop such a force. Where would we find such a power? Yep, right in the stem! All powerful drives derive their power and force from this little area. Little in size but huge in power. So the many things Arthur attributes to the intellect are actually still derived from the stem. The stem can truly be a monster, but also can be a hero or savior. It is a wild beast to be tamed, but tamed it can be, if we want to. We need (the stem needs) courage to do so.

Evil often has a large ego, perhaps blown all out of proportion. When their self-created self-image has been exposed as being way out of reason, they often get very mad and seek to hurt whoever or whatever exposed them and humiliated them and left them looking like far less than what they had elevated themselves up to. If you can avoid exposing an exaggerated ego, you would be wise to do so. I think Jesus got killed for making some look bad. It happens quite often, actually. JFK did not die of natural causes or the single magic bullet of a lone nut assassin. There were many upset with him and we can see the results in the Zapruder film. Can you say MLK as well?

Over Simplicity

In sum, these 4 qualities I have addressed are what we try to deal with on a conscious level, and when I say conscious here, I mean the intellect observing and trying to control the seemingly irrational feelings in us. These are hard to locate in the brain, even if we just place them in 1 of the 3 Janovian levels. And it may be that we can not fully explain them by locale. But they are real and we need to come to grips with them. Primal Therapy eliminates any concern for these and shifts it all to "feeling."

That's nice but I do believe it is wrong, too. Trying to reduce the brain down to paths and chemicals is quite the challenge. Some things seem to reside at or on a global level of the mind. Philosophy and Theology have done a much better job of addressing these than Art has. Psychology does not like moral or ethical issues, either, since it is usually a puppet of governments, anyway, and of the popular prevailing consensus of those in power.

Perhaps Art would suggest that these are irrelevant if we just "feel" it! But I say he completely slights the intellect and its use and value and he also stays somewhat clear of moral or ethical decisions. And there is no doubt these can be precarious, but I do think it is vital that we still tackle them as best as we can. This is where courage comes in.

But I also suggest that because Art does not recognize the stem as the primary control center, even for many aspects of intellectuality, courage, conscience and the like, he therefore accuses the poor innocent cortex as the bad guy sabotaging the functions of the mind. I believe his biggest mistake lies in the way he has separated the 3 levels of thinking and place certain functions exclusively in just one level. Nothing is truly resident in just one level. Duties are shared among various parts and they all resonate together or they exist in conflict but the goal is to accomplish integration, unity, and harmony between the parts and functions, eliminating conflict wherever we can. Conflict can cause stalemates and gridlock. It paralyzes! Harmony frees us and energizes and mobilizes us.

So my suggestion is that Art needs to move away some from his 3 levels theory. There may be 3 levels of pain, severe, uncomfortable, and moderate. But all feelings of great amplitude and power ultimately derive from the stem and work, or try to work, their way through the 2 levels above.

The Main Purpose of these 4 qualities I have spoken of, is to give us direction and control over our own minds and direct ourselves in the way that we choose, rather than being victims of instinct. I get the impression that Art thinks we are just robots following whatever pain directs. We have been given the ability to over-ride pain and makes sense of things, despite great adversity.

Again, I suspect that these abilities reside at large throughout our brain's levels and sides. They are the sum of the working parts. It is these 4 qualities that give us superiority over the animals, that is, advantages over the animals in that we can observe and contemplate what we are and what we are doing. We can put our base needs in balance with those of justice, fairness, caring, empathy, and the like, so that we do not become just animals whose instinct drives they to survive by killing anything that threatens them or gets in their way. We were intended to be so much more than that, morally speaking.

It is our moral and ethical qualities that should reflect the image of God, as well as our intellect. But I want to point out that the intellect was and is, sort of neutral. It can work for good or bad. It is the other 4 qualities that keep us in line, or at the least, give us the chance to do so, if we are so inclined.

Art's big mistake is in trying to separate feelings and function into neat little departments or locations with specific function instead of an orchestra where everyone is playing, hopefully, the same song and following the same conductor. I would say that all functions are global in the brain and we need to focus on functions such as courage, conscience, thinking and reasoning, ego, empathy, and the like.

Art can readily recognize the serious error of psychiatrists who find a chemical imbalance in the brain and assume that if we use drugs to diminish certain chemicals or increase certain chemicals, then we "fix" the brain. They fail to see and understand that the brain and our feelings and thinking cause the imbalance and if we are to correct it, we must relieve the pain the causes it. That Pain is stored and can be released and Arthur has shown us how to do this and it was no small discovery.

But Art has also sort of followed the psychiatrists when he blames levels and locations instead of global function. Just stick to the pain and brain waves and don't worry about what section does what. It is not even relevant or important. What we need to do is elevate our function, our thinking, our morality and ethics, our courage, our conscience, our ego, and all that other stuff.

3 levels works OK if we don't get too specific. Otherwise, we really only need think about the power and amplitude of various pains and memories and their location in time and experience. I am not so sure about Art's suggestion that all pain sort of follows a reverse of events and experience. But certainly, the brain seems to need to evacuate the smaller feelings first, and then move down t the really big ones that usually have to be relived and relieved in small doses. Now, Art has far more experience and knowledge in this than I do. I am forced to defer to him and his experience. But I have read of contradictions in the order of pain coming out.

I am sure the stem takes care of the automatic (autonomic) aspects of this, but exactly what those rules it has, are, I am not as sure as Art. I reserve a little bit of skepticism. But without the ability to verify, I also keep that skepticism very low with little to say. I'll accept, tentatively, what Arthur says.

That Irrational Core
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Here is the problem Art does not address well. The core does give every appearance, to our sane rational side, of being irrational and out of control. Primal Theory gives us the understanding of this dilemma. It explains why the irrational is not so irrational, if we understand its true origin in our very early past. The core does not think only in the present as our intellect seems to. It carries the weight of the wounded wanting past and does so for a reason. Ah, 2 reasons, actually.

The 1st one is that the past painful trauma is too powerful and overwhelming, it must be saved until the time is right for it to be brought to consciousness of the cortex and integrated into all the other knowledge the cortex has processed and accumulated for detailed analysis. The feeling needs to become a lesson and a plan of prevention for the future offspring and generations. As well, until the pain is resolved, it must serve as a protection, even if it is a bit reactionary. Great dangers often need to be reacted to in very quick fashion or otherwise, the person may become a victim again and it could even spell death for them. So the very reactionary core serves as a protective defense, very often.

But let us never forget, it also can be, and often is, a great hindrance and distraction, and cause many problems in our present lives. So the intellect can lend a hand by trying to understand what is going on and why, and can contemplate if there might not be some instances where temporary hold or suppression of these powerful feelings might prove useful for over-reaction can bring many problems if it escapes into the open and allowed to rule our lives. But this may be a decision of the stem, to allow the intellect to do so

This has always been the case and is why for most of mankind’s existence, we have sought to put the irrational beast within, into its place and lock it up where it can do no harm. But PT shows us why there is both a short term solution and a long term beneficial solution as well.  

But I will say a few things here. The stem needs to learn some discipline and control. It can be trained. Experience can train it. Thoughts can sometimes influence it over time. I see pain, whether physical or mental pain, as an injury. I fully agree with Art that in the brain, all pain is the same, whether physical or mental. But pain is an injury sustained by the stem, and the person. We carry many injuries of the mind because we are or were at one time, very sensitive creatures.

How did we ever get that way? We must have been pain free at one time. How or what was our first injury. The Bible says it was in the Garden of Eden after the 1st human pair was made. But if you ignore that, you still must answer how or why we were ever so sensitive to begin with. What remains is that we need a far more gentle, kind, protective, nurturing, and far more sensitive world in order for humans to live better and with far less pain.

We need to become sensitive again, if that were possible. But hardening and toughening up are natural reactions to a calloused insensitive world. But to sustain that sensitivity, means we must fix and heal the entire world in order to avoid injuring the sensitivity again. Biblical sin is very possibly the injuries we have sustained due to our rebellion against God's rules and harmony.

Sensitivity is evidence of lack of injury and pain. It is innocence and lack of scars. It is purity, really. Pure decency and sensitivity that, if we had them, would keep us from reacting insensitively and harmfully for our empathy and conscience would be right at the forefront. They would keep us in line. this is why I find this whole Primal Theory/Therapy so fascinating. It seems to me to reveal the tiny details in things the Bible has referred to through its many pages. It is, for me, like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We can see what happened and how it will be fixed, once God puts an end to assholes and begins the slow careful process of healing all things and being them back into harmony with His original intentions before the Rebel screwed it all up.

Now getting back to the stem and pain. Our short term objective is to suppress the monster (the stem) so we do not wreck our lives and end up in prison or end up dead. But the long term solution is to realize how the pain got there and know that we can get rid of it, “exorcising the demons,” figuratively speaking, and thereby eliminating the pain permanently and much more effectively, even improving our health, not to mention making control of our behavior far easier than it ever had been before, by no longer having to endure the pain and its disruption in our psyche.

Now Art emphasizes the long term and seems to pretty much ignore the short term. He says the long term solution is far better. It is! But at what cost? That he plays down as if it were nothing. It is far from nothing. For many, it is not obtainable at all and probably never will be. As well, as long as the world remains injured and calloused, the amount of healing will be limited. The world will continue to harm. Rape is still rape and will always be traumatic. Same for many other pain injuries. Healing must be healing for all, if that were possible.

So we can ask at this point, what are the real costs and what are the real obstacles to healing, and what is the 2nd best option, if the 1st one is not in the cards. There is a lot to calculate there in a more objective fashion than Art has perhaps given it.

But at this point, I just want to say that surviving in a mad world where corruption and evil are the norm, that making sense of the world and navigating it are far more crucial than resolving deep primal pain. Making the wrong move in the world can easily cost your life. It can certainly lead to much harm and greatly increased accumulation of primal pain, such as being the victim of various crimes, such as rape, beating, major theft, etc. So between the intellect and our 4 nobler qualities, we can handle those difficult forces residing in the stem and core so that we can function with a measure of security and effectiveness. It is the chore God has given us. To Figure out the world and life!

But it also has to be admitted that some are so injured that Primal therapy may be their only option so it is very good they have that option through Art. But that going through Pt is so out of reach for so many and so suppressed by the establishment orthodoxy, it is still out of reach for many.

Primal Therapy Obstacles
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Art often used to speak of being real and I am all for that. But he has not been so real at times. He speaks almost as if one were to blame if they did not get out to his clinic immediately, as if it were easily done. So what is required and what have the results been in the past for those who went through Pt?

Primal Therapy generally takes a very long time, about 3-5 years or more to get down to birth experiences. Quite a few never get to birth experiences.  Some do not go far beyond the 3 week session or a year. Many take a lifetime or over 7 at least.

Results are some relief for some, quite a bit of relief and the smallest number who go the furthest experience major changes in prototype and personality due to birth traumas being relived and becoming part of the cortex, what Art calls consciousness or full consciousness.

So of all the patients who enter, only a small amount make it a large part of the way. Most will have to settle for substantially less, though substantially more compared to psychotherapy. Note what Art next has to say.

Once you know the principles behind the therapy it should make comparisons fairly easy. I think the only thing that is valid is to find a quicker more efficient way to get to feelings. We have been working on this for over 40 years, and I doubt someone else will find it. You need years of clinical experience to hone the theory and the therapy.”
September 6, 2011 11:03 AM

Art concedes that Pt is very slow to get to feelings. He would like to speed it up but it takes so damn long to train someone. After all these years, it is still just one clinic that Art says can offer you valid Pt or at the very least, the very best form of it. All others are said (by Art) to be too dangerous.

Now there is a lot to address in all that. Why is dragging up feelings so hard? Could it be that the core knows the world is still hostile and maybe the core is not entirely satisfied with the Primal Center, either. The core knows it is still in a dangerous world and will need its quick reaction time and defenses. Art says or implies by his insistence on treatment that it is not all that dangerous and we need to become real, pain relieved, and aware. I suspect the core is not so sure about that, so getting to pain and getting it up to the cortex is very challenging when the core is fighting you all the way.

As well, maybe the patient is not fully giving in, either. The core is much of the patient. What is more, Art gets fooled in thinking the intellect is resisting when it is the core who is running the intellect. But, no doubt on my part, that getting the pain out is very hard in many instances. So hard that it takes a very well trained therapist to be able to draw the pain up or it would not happen at all. So even finding someone who can get at the pain is quite the chore. The gating system may also create problems if it is weak or not working well. It will not hold things back from the 1st level when it needs to, so the 2nd level can relieve itself 1st.

As well, someone who has suffered great neglect and damage will be hard to bring along. Much damage takes much work and time to help. Full healing may be far too much to hope for. Further, one has to go to Southern California and the Primal Center as there is not another place on earth to get it, by Janov’s assertion and I do not find fault with this entirely, but do reserve a little bit of disagreement. Art took 45 years to train. But he has been practicing for 45 years and had often been doing things wrong at points along the way. Can't someone else to that as well? It all has the feel of Elitism. It does not leave me feeling totally confident.

But if Pt is this difficult to obtain and go through, how likely is it that many will be able to go through Pt in the 1st place? And then there is getting a job near the center that will be enough. Hope you don’t have loans or debt, or families or responsibilities! Adjusting to a new place, especially S. Cal? Bad enough they are struggling with pain. Lets add further burden with a strange new place that can potentially be dangerous.

Indeed, there are so many hurdles, that there are hardly any who can make it over all of them. Listen, just contending with life and psychological depravation is bad enough all by itself.

Teaching “Kids” Skill & Competency
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Its Not ALL about Feelings! Its about Thinking Skill, too. The hallmark of Western thinking was that we can determine objective truth through proper discipline of thought and reason. Aristotle says that law is reason, free from passion, which I quoted earlier, too. Western thinking likes to revisit what was handed down and re-examine it to see if it really holds up or not. We take nothing for granted.

Art: People hurt; we need to help them with that hurt and find ways to undo it, not to help them play games with themselves . . . . . underneath it all, people are looking for answers for their lives. We as professionals owe it to them.<<

This is a laugh. Art says he gives answers. What? I have only ever known him to help feelings come out and let the patient find all the answers. Pain might explain why they are what they are but it does nothing to enlighten us about how the world runs. Indeed, resolution and release of pain brings answers to mysteries, but it does not teach how to think and reason objectively, regardless of pain. It is possible, even though Art never figured it out. People need what mom and dad were supposed to give them. Instruction, insight, explain the world to them, help them avoid dangers and mistakes and be prepared and capable. With love behind it, they are ready to take on the world. So since the parents failed, Art needs to pick some of that up. But he abdicates! But as you note in his quote, “we are professionals owe it to them!”

Of course, he is not referring to exactly what I am, but he should be. After we get rid of all our pain and integrate the experience of it, we still need to know how to exercise and use our intellect, just as we need to know and learn how to use our bodies effectively in sports, crafts, skills, or whatever. Intellectual power is a sort of skill and craft, too. But we do not grow up automatically knowing how to do something, even such as sound thinking. In fact, very few do know how. They need shown. Mom and dad did not do their job. Art refuses, too. So now its my turn. I will not run from it, but most will run from it for a well sharpened intellect can unleash some very scary truths and most, even primally healed patients, run in terror from such revelations.

So job 1, really, is to develop an effective intellect that can discern and deduce nearly anything thrown at it. This is for our protection. The world is a mad house and we need to see that and cope with it, not run and stick our heads in the sand. I get the sense that Art is doing that to some degree and doing it for others, too. I hope I am wrong.

The Intellect is Virtually Unlimited
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The amazing thing about the intellect, is that no matter where we aim it, it is capable of making sense of what we seek or want, if we are sincere about it, and really want it; and it will deduce and make sense of what we seek. There was a fellow named Jesus (sorry PT fans, but I respect the name and teachings) who said: Seek and you shall find, ask and you will receive, knock and it will be opened to you. If we truly seek, ask, or “knock,” we will get what we seek. He understood the brain. I like how the Sex Pistols described practical man, especially in his youth: "Don’t know what I want, but I know how to get it." I think the song was "Anarchy."

Consider that we did not take lessons to learn to speak a language. Our brain did it all for us, without us even trying. The brain is a remarkable organ, dare I say, a miracle. It stands ready to serve, if only we dare to point it in a direction and ask something of it. But too often, people are not sincere in what they seek or ask. They do not want legitimate answers to what they say they seek. They are lying to themselves and to others. They are looking for escape routes or someone to tell them what they want to hear, and not the truth. And if they find what they really want, an escape or sweet lies, they will embrace that and look no more. They got their “answer.”

This is why the intellect often does not work or ends up in dead ends or delusions or just plain lost. No mystery at all. So we have to be honest with our selves, most importantly.  And then maybe some honesty about what we seek. Or put another way, how bad do you want?

Indeed, how good it feels to be able to do what you start out to do, to complete what you start, to be effective in what you seek, to be competent and skilled in what you do. Most of us are born into a world with little or no control and it is one of the most frightening and fearful things we can ever face. We all love control over ourselves and of things around us, if possible. There is much we can not control but the one thing we have the most control over, just might be ourselves and the directions we take.

As new and young children, one of the things we long for as much as anything, is to be capable and competent. We all hope and expect that our parents can be our teachers and guides into all knowledge and how to do things and have all our questions answered. We want and need guidance from them. God, says I (substitute evolution if you must) intended that children receive their knowledge in the same way from the same source as they get their love from, their clothing, shelter and food from. Yes, their parents. Since all things come from the parents, assuming all things are or should be good, they build a strong bond between parents and children.

This is as it should be. But when children can not get these things or do not get enough of them, then they experience want and need and become ridden with primal pain, which lingers forever after, begging for continual comfort to temporarily stop the hunger and pain. But it does not last very long if we get any fulfillments. The best thing is not to neglect the needs in the 1st place.  

A Big Mistake!

A great and very common mistake or misconception among those who adhere to PT is that one can not think and feel. It is either one or the other. Is that what primal patients do? Indeed, in therapy, you feel, but then outside therapy, you can and should still think. Now I suppose it is possible that thinking might interfere with feeling at times. But one can not assume that the feeling is always right and the thinking always wrong. the goal is or should be, to enable both to function and work together. They seem to miss that. for those of you not really familiar with Pt and its fans, I assure you that most of them follow Arthur blindly and most condemn thinking almost entirely. Some do dismiss it entirely.

These are some very sad misfits. They can not put together a sound line of thought. Their heads are such a scrambled mess, its almost hard to believe at times. They are generally made up of god and religion haters, atheists, agnostics; and supposed science buffs, which they really are not. They gotta grudge and their are going to grind it good. Feel bad for them. When humans accumulate too much, recovery becomes very unlikely, in my experience of them.

But in normal healthy people, we simply want all our feelings and thinking united and sharing so that each can bring their specialty to our collective consciousness so that we can obtain the best result of the combination of the 2 working toward the same goal.

Art says it is not possible to feel unless you have primal therapy. Now I know how absurd this might sound to you if you are not familiar with PT. But Art says that major traumatic feelings are hidden ways and not accessible or retrievable without Pt. While their full power is kept away from us, I do not believe that all access to them is denied, as long as you have not been severely scarred. There are still ways to get a response from those sub-conscious areas, asking probing questions to yourself, and seeing what sort of impulses you are getting in response.

I will get more at why Arthur wants to insist that we can not do anything without his help. Job security would be one explanation, but I suspect more. It comes later in this article dealing with Elitism.

“Needs” and Therapy “Needs”
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When people seek psychotherapy or even Pt, they expect their needs and pain to be resolved. Only problem is, neither delivers as it should. Psychotherapy, and we will assume only the rare very best of it, will help with directions and corrections that often lead to significant changes and impacts that Art will not admit though I will refute him in a while. But it leaves the deprivations of childhood lodged deep in the mind, the core, to still cause their discomfort and damage internally, even as Arthur correctly points out.

And Art is alone in this valid and important aspect. He sees what the rest deliberately ignore, in my opinion. But Art ignores some things as well. Art tries to get to these stored traumatic pains and creates the environment and circumstances that will enable pain to rise into the cortex for feeling, memory, and integration and processing. What Art calls “consciousness” by his definition. I use that word quite differently.

But what Art fails to do, is recognize all the needs we had as kids and still have buried within. He does not see that in addition to love, we needed and expected guidance and answers. He says answers are the duty and due of professionals like himself, but he fails to give them. He may be afraid of what or where those answers lead to. Just saying ;-)

In fact, this is where psychotherapy of the better practitioners is superior to Janov and Pt. They help the patient to find some direction and answers and enable them seek and live better lives. It happens all the time, whether Art chooses to admit it or not. These patients will still feel many things inside that make life a challenge, and if it were not so demanding in time, money and other circumstances, it would be great to pursue Pt and get rid of them. But life seldom allows the many circumstances that have to be fulfilled in order to engage in Pt at Janov’s Primal Center.

So even if Pt can not be taken advantage of, there is still much in the way of directions and answers that can be obtained, and much more easily, though still not without substantial struggle, for life is always a struggle, no matter what we seek. That is the way life is. But Art says its either his way only, or nothing at all. He is as wrong in his way as the regular therapists are in their way. They neglect the internal deep pain of the past and Art neglects the teaching and direction that help partially compensate for what  the parents left us lacking.

Now About this Love Thing
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This is going to be a big break from both Janov and regular therapy in Psy*. In fact, I am going to turn some things on their heads. So here we go, boy and girls. Strap yourselves in and hold on. I’ll call this one, Love Therapy ;-) And I am going to call some witnesses to the stand to testify.

1st Witness  
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>>Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The Role of Evolution in Psychotherapy
August 27, 2011 1:10 AM     A direct link to the comment just below on Janov's blog/site

Anonymous said...
“When it comes to psychotherapy there have been endless theories. Your theory as far as i am concerned is so far fetched that you would NEVER be my therapist.”<<

}} The poster then gives his history of problems and then we pick up next. {{

>> “From that point on i was in and out of therapy for 32 years. Only one therapist ever helped me. And she was an intern. What possible experience could she have not to mention I was about twice her age. She had no theories. Now she was a very caring and dedicated woman who showed her dedication within each session. No matter what i said or felt no matter the depth of despair she always maintained a very positive attitude. Never fought with me on my feelings and under all circumstanced did not let anything bother her. The result was THE VERY FIRST TIME i have ever felt totally safe with a therapist I totally let down my guard which is not an easy task. It was then she made subtle suggestions which had very profound effects on me.”<<

}} When I read this, I nearly fell out of my chair. My jaw dropped to the floor. It fit perfectly with my theory. It summed up everything in just a paragraph. Lets see Arthur or me do that! I surrender! The key is that his core personally “felt” safe and secure and free from any danger or rejection, etc. It relaxed and allowed info to flow in and out. The “ears” were open and trust was there. She was able to make suggestions which likely made sense and he was able to accept it when he might not have in another state. What state was he now in? I’ll show you. {{

>>”I would guess a kind of clinical hypnosis but i was always awake. It is amazing what a good therapist can do and give all the credit to her intuitive powers. She always knew what to do at the right time. I also believe she was also practicing "induction therapy" because of her great attitude it rubbed off on me and the rest of the patients that were in this day treatment center. In her case it was not so much her education and endless theories but who she was. I am sorry but Good therapists are like precious diamonds because there are so few of them. This is just one job you have to be right for. It has little to do with odd ball theories. All your theories really benefit you and not the patient for every patient is unique and unless you can deal with that no amount of education will make you a good therapist.”<<

}} He was in a receptive state. Caesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer, likes to get dogs in a calm submissive state before he tries to influence them or modify their behavior. They must be in the right frame of mind first. Same for people. The core of this man was now willing to sit back and let the intellect ponder her words without prejudice, resistance, auto-rejection, or denial.

This woman intuitively knew or “felt” what was right to do and she did it. And she had no primal training. Did not even know what it was, I suspect. Education was irrelevant. She was a good person by nature. You can’t make a therapist. They must be born so or raised so. Most importantly, says I, it was one human being reaching out to another with warmth, compassion, caring, patience, acceptance, and some good advice when the time was right and timing is everything!. It was also a case of the right therapist and the right patient coming together to allow some modification of thought and attitude.

I believe that what all people need is just love, acceptance, caring compassion, humanity. No big secret or difficult drawn out therapy. God is love, so say John 4:4. 1 Corinthians 13 is all about love, as in caring. The core has to believe that it is finally safe and protected, something never really felt before, in all likelihood. The core knows it when it feels it. It knows when it is right and it is the time. {{

Janov replies:
Anonymous: You mean I can't be your therapist? Listen, it is nice to be warm and intuitive and treat you like your parents did not, but you cannot love neurosis away. You need science and also a caring person. It reminds me of many years ago the "No nothing party", just go on feelings and to hell with logic. Science does not preclude warmth but if you have warmth and no science: LOOK OUT! art janov
August 27, 2011 2:53 PM <<       Time posted and linked to Janov's site

Art almost seems to slight or insult for feeling parental needs. Aren’t we supposed to feel it? Now Art says that we can not love neurosis away. Lets clarify! To Art, neurosis is buried pain awaiting the right time and circumstance for release. Psy* neurosis is quite different. Art is correct that primal feelings are not brought up in Psy* and shared with the cortex and released, so to speak. And great changes take place when this occurs. If this were easy, it would be a good thing to do. Art has the best solution, no question in my mind. But his solution is far out of reach for most. This he does not readily admit. In fact, it seems as if he suggests it’s our fault if our circumstances do not allow his total program.

Art says you need science, too. His science, of course, which is only partly science and partly his refusal to admit how unattainable his therapy is for so many people. He speaks of the importance of logic, which is almost hysterical as he rips apart the intellect so often. It is not what he says but that he contradicts it so often. Lastly, he warns of warmth without science. LOOK OUT! Perhaps as if to suggest being led away by quacks or having serious damage done. Indeed, that is always a possibility and risk we all take in reaching out for help or acceptance anywhere in life. Nothing you can do there. Art has had many failures, too, and short comings as well, but he does not speak of those.

The lesson here is not that there is no risk. Risk is always waiting for us. But when it works, it works because of what we will loosely call love and creating the right environment for meaningful help and instruction to take place. The kind that leads to great help and relief, which I will touch on more in a minute. Anonymous did a great job in teaching us all. I, for one, thank him.

Now Art says that because the core pain was not freed into consciousness, it was a failure. That is his definition of failure. But great things were accomplished. Just not what Art wanted. I understand! I repeat, were Art’s program easily obtainable and did not take so long, that definitely would be the way to go. There would be one other concern but that is for later in this article. But Art’s program is no. 1 and ideal. Also costly over 5 years. And if nothing else, he understands what the cause of all our major problems are. He can explain how the mind works and how to treat it better and prevent more harm to kids. That I believe with all my heart and soul, mind, and strength.

But to slight any and all other therapists, therapies and patient choices is too far and not reasonable or the whole truth. And truth is job 1!

2nd Witness
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I took this from the following website/blog:


I suddenly realized I had to deal with all the traumas of my life that were still trapped inside. I had to face the fact that my parents were both alcoholic and my mother was abusive. I had to deal with the multiple molestations and incidents of rape, and lastly, I had to face the fact that I was trapped in a marriage to a violent abuse alcoholic. The discovery of these feelings only made things get worse. I began to contemplate suicide, thinking it was easier than dealing with the emotions that had surfaced. I knew I needed to seek a private therapist that could understand what I had gone through and could help me deal with these issues.


Luckily, I found such a therapist and I immediately began therapy. After two years of intensive psychological therapy, combined with a sincere desire to change, I found myself able to finally confront and work through the issues that had been buried deep inside. My therapist helped me to realize that my abuse of drugs, alcohol and even sexuality was means of coping with all the issues that were deeply buried inside of me. My life was becoming livable for the first time in many, many years. I had begun attending the local community college and was enjoying the interactions of the academic setting. I proved to myself that I not only could make it through the school, but I was able to perform at the top of my classes.


I was finally able to direct my anger towards the people that had hurt me and stop blaming myself. This was the most difficult aspect of my therapy, to let go of all the guilt I had been carrying throughout my life. I let go of the guilt of witnessing my sister’s abuse. I let go of the guilt I carried thinking I was to blame for being molested. I let go the guilt I felt from being raped, and even the guilt I had for marrying an abusive man. I was finally able to feel alive.


I remained in counseling for some time and during one session felt a “merging” of all the different people I had “played” in my life. Feelings of joy and pain flooded my being, as I realized I was the little girl who witnessed abuse and was abused. I was the victim of the rapes. I was the survivor. I felt a feeling of completeness that had never before been felt. I was the complete person ready to form a new life. << End of Account

Again, she found a therapist she felt comfortable with. It is essential. Not just anyone will do. Too few are truly qualified, says I. Her therapy was intensive and for 2 years and she had a sincere desire to change. That is also very important for too many who seek out therapy are not really looking for answers, but escape from them. The therapist helped point Dakini in the direction of truth and Dakini could accept it because the therapist convinced her that the therapist could be trusted and accepted. The core believed it was with a safe secure person as turned out to be the case. Dakini made great progress in coming to grips with all her traumatic past and even experiencing a merging of her fractured personality. In short, she experience deep profound changes that enabled a new life and direction. Feelings increased and came to the fore.

Experiences like Dakini’s can be found in books, magazine articles, documentaries, interviews, radio, TV, newspapers. In other words, such experiences can be had and commonly are. Yes, there are many failures and those who do not progress but there are wonderful success stories, too. Conventional therapy can work, if the right circumstances come together. And by work, I mean, have success, improvement, changes, much improved behavior and direction and a sense that they are someone new or very changed.

Now this does not mean that it is the ultimate or best form of therapy. It does not invalidate Art’s PT and practice. But it is a good alternative for those who can not make room for Art’s PT, due to location, time, and money concerns.

But Art will not acknowledge these real and true beneficial results. They may be rare in comparison to average conventional therapy results but they are real, even if maybe rare. Many are capable of great improvements and changes in their lives, either with or without help. Those most likely to need Art’s therapy are those so fractured and disabled by pain that they can not think straight or know which way is up. For those so hopelessly lost, there is no real alternative except Pt.

Many are not so lost and broken and so they can make great changes through less intensive means. As well, I suspect that while Art refers to primals, feelings which are of profound and very powerful amplitude and duration, and often require multiple experiences to release the full stored trauma; these may not be the only legitimate feelings to be felt. I say there are others such as Dakini and our 1st witness spoke of. These feelings would not register on Art’s scale and they do not, as individual feelings, represent major traumas (maybe), but they are real feelings and they come out of hiding and become mainstream conscious memories in the cortex and produce changes in feelings and directions.

As well, our 2 witnesses may still carry around severe primal imprints and injuries which still reverberate inside and cause much “friction” internally in the brain and body. But they feel better and are much more functional and understand life much better. That is a lot to accomplish and more than many or most ever will. That they do not progress to Art’s demanding level is no big deal. Only those who can not get relief any other way need to go Art’s way. There is another reason for being content with results less than those claimed for Pt, which I will get to later.

Art loves to minimize and negate any good effects from “other” therapies but they are there. If he wants to wear blinders, that is his business, but don’t let  him brow beat you into having to do so as well.  

One more thing. Lets say Art is right and that they carry around their pain for the rest of their lives and then they die. Primal patients get rid of their pain, and then they die. Is there really and truly any difference in our short lifetimes? I don't see it. Let's say a primal patient lives 80-100 years. And a regular person perhaps 40-90 years. Again, where is the substantial difference? A few might live 20 or 30 more years of this life in hell/earth or maybe not that much. the difference is often negligible and in the end, both are dead and forever gone, but evolution's accounting, unless you want to argue for re-incarnation or something like that. So Art makes all this fuss about doing it his way and in the end, our life is still for nothing. Unless you accept that God story in the Bible. Life still has lots of meaning, then ;-)

My 3rd Witness!
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And now I would like to call my 3rd witness to the stand .  .  . Dr. Arthur Janov!

origins of ADD and Leaky Gates (Part 4/4)     This is linked to the original post on Janov's blog site.
Posted: 15 Sep 2011 12:29 PM PDT

Dr. AJ: Of course I was also a severe ADD and I could barely make it out of high school and couldn’t concentrate much. And what happened was, when I joined the navy they gave you intelligence tests. And I forgot about it because I had no intention of going to college. But one day when we were on our way to Okinawa and Saipan. We were on a ship – we’d had seven battles already and were on to our 8th battle. Then a destroyer pulls up and says we’re taking Janov off the battleship and taking him back to officers preflight school, because my IQ which I had taken 2 years before was very high. So on the way to a battle, which is serious shit – lot of kamikazes. Then when I went to school, I got straight “A”s and I thought: you know what? I can do this. I could feel my brain change.<< End of account

Just give me a minute to pick myself up of the floor, please. Art admits he could feel his brain change. And I believe him! Every last word! It made a big impact on his life. I had a very similar experience in 8th grade. I’ll deal with it shortly.

But the very thing Art admits is the very thing he denies to mainstream therapy of any and all types or to motivated individuals who accomplish growth on their own without the help of a therapist of any type.

Sunday, October 23, 2011, Arthur Janov
On a Few Kindly Words     This is linked to the original post on Janov's blog site.

I watched Sixty Minutes last night as Andy Rooney said goodbye to TV. In his goodbye speech he noted that he became a writer because a teacher once said to him, “You know you can really write. Keep it up.” That was it; one sentence that set him a life pursuit. And I thought how little it takes to help kids find a direction in life. Just a few words when the child is seven or eight, a few words of encouragement is all she needs to pursue a talent. And how rare is that encouragement. Why is that? Maybe parents cannot see their child for who she is. Maybe they are so into their own need for encouragement that they cannot see that need in others. And it doesn’t even have to be direct encouragement. So many of us remember the name of a kind teacher decades later, and remembered that her kindness got us to study and learn; not the readin, writin, and rithmatic admonishments of our leaders. It is kindness that gets us motivated and always will be.

I still remember the names of my grammar school teachers who talked to me with warmth and caring. Mrs. Lopez taught me Spanish and Mr. Summers taught me typing. I still am good at that many decades later. And I remember my teacher, Mrs. Kirk, who took me to the zoo when I was in kindergarten at age 6. She recognized that I had a mentally ill mother, something I did not know, and wanted to be kind and caring. I only realized years later that she selected only me to go to the zoo. So how come after all this time I remember their names and not any of the others? And how come I learned what they taught? They fulfilled a deep need, a need in all of us, that I was not aware of. And they were human and acted like humans, not just like “teachers.” Isn’t that a lesson in all of our endeavors? What works is humaneness, a little caring and a little encouragement. It is not strictness and a driving teacher or boss. The good people make you want to learn because in that learning is love or how it gets translated.

And what amazes me is how little it takes. Just a few words over many years can make a difference. It says, “You are good. Keep it up.” Instead, because it is lacking, the child grows up acting out the need by driving herself so that others will say, “you know you’re good.” And then she comes to us as a patient to cry out, “Say I’m good!” Why? Because all the new encouragement still makes her feel empty and dissatisfied.

And current praise won’t be enough because of the critical period; that is the time when needs must be fulfilled. Encouragement at age seven is important, and when it isn’t there it will help slightly to get it later on. It will never stop the act-out if you cannot get it when you need it. Needs must be fulfilled on a timetable and only then. Then the love is locked-in and keeps us safe and content for life. When fulfillment is not there we are locked-into trying to get it forevermore. And “tough love” ain’t it. You can scare kids into behaving but that is not the same as loving them and having them really want to behave. Isn’t that true of all of us?<< End of account

Indeed, caring people with healing words can be huge in people’s lives. We all thrive on love when young. We are in need and need to receive if it is merited. But Art does suggest that praise beyond the critical period will not work. My only question would be what the end of that critical time period would be. 7? 10? 13? When? The bottom line is that we all need love and kindness. That, all by itself, can make a big difference. Add some good suggestions in with it and you got "therapy."

4th Witness, Myself!
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In 8th grade, at the start of the year, I was going nowhere. In fact, the other boys seemed to be having such fun with paper airplanes, which I had started to sort of drift toward near the end of 7th grade. Finally, I could take no more. I wanted to throw paper planes, too, and started. Oh, the addiction. But I got caught and punished, of course. What monsters we were, huh? ;-) But I did not see myself as smart, athletic, or anything positive. But I did trust myself. I loved sports and wanted to play them, but feared I had no ability till 8th grade floor hockey. Ah, I was in heaven.

But at the end of the 1st quarter, much to my surprise, I made the honor roll, which is no big deal, really, but I had never done it before and never thought I could. I did not have the ambition or desire to, either. But having made it was such a mind blowing event. This accident showed to me that I could if I wanted to. That was all I had to see and know. But several other events helped this. In 7th grade, we had contract work in science class where each person worked at their own pace on experimental science projects. I was no. 1 in the class. I had never come close to that before. It felt good.

In 8th grade, I had a teacher who taught math worth contracts at individual pace. I went to no. 1 in my class, again. I was 2 in science that year. Damn! Bruce Adato beat me out. Good for him! Then a curious thing. Miss Rogers was my English teacher. She was very pretty in the face but had a little trouble managing a class full of boys who were brats. I was inattentive the 1st quarter, distracted ;-) Damned paper airplanes, you know. Addictive as hell!

But she had me come quietly up to her desk, which I think was Mr. Fiore’s science class and homeroom, normally. It was big and roomy, with much counter space. She showed me my spelling grades, which were all 100s for the most part. She saw natural ability and believed I could do more and should. It felt sort of good but I guess I just was not convinced at that time. But when grades for the 1st quarter came out, and I made the honor roll, then I became a believer. I had a good history teacher that year, too, who believed in me. My hat off to Mr. Lyons as well. And Mr. Jenkins in math was very important!

After 1st quarter, I decided I was going for the honor roll again. But to my surprise, I was looking at straight A’s at the half year. In all my wildest dreams, I had never thought that possible. From that point on, I did believe I could do anything I wanted if I tried, and I wanted to learn everything. Let me say for the record that I went on to straight A’s for the rest of 8th grade, but in retrospect, 8th grade was an easy year for academics. 9th was more of a challenge and high school was very political. But I got my confidence in 8th grade and it never left me.

So thanks to 4 teachers and some accidental grades, and some reasonable floor hockey playing, I was having the time of my life. My 8th grade year was critical in changing my whole outlook and all my behavior. So I know what Art speaks of. Many many people have similar stories of such profound influence on their lives. A right person at the right time can really impact another soul.

The key here is that we do have a view of ourselves. We might see ourselves as being more than we are. On the other hand, we might see far less than we really are. And selling ourselves short is as bad and harmful as over-estimating ourselves. But how we see ourselves is not so much part of the intellect as it is a belief. Our image of ourselves is our belief of ourselves. We believe many things about our world. But our world is largely an illusion. So if we are to progress to something more than what we started out as, we must examine all those beliefs and see what is right and what is wrong and what needs changing.

Parents can give kids great confidence in their innate abilities. But most do not do this. They are not aware of it. I had to get mine from school where I could compare myself with my peers, receive reinforcement, and understand what is really involved in learning. I learned that I could learn without extra help. Not all help, of course. I still needed books of instruction, which really were opportunities to examine the ideas and beliefs of other people on particular subjects.

To be fair, my parents did give me backing and support but due to their own limitations in education and lack of confidence, they could not help me with much school work beyond 4th grade.

I find most kids do not trust their own abilities to think and reason. There is some good reason for this as we are inexperienced and have not learned much to that point. So we rely on our parents, who we trust. But parents are not usually up to the task, either. It is a bold move to question parents and to start examining right and wrong for ourselves. Our peers often try to get us to do that but with mixed motives. It is a tricky course to navigate but if we get exposed to enough good, then hopefully we come out much stronger for it.

It needs saying that our parents are our single best chance for a source we can trust and rely on. Most of the world outside our parents will likely be predators rather than mentors and guides for our benefit and not their own. But at some point, one will still need to re-examine what we have been taught, to make sure it is sound.

My summation of this so far? That love is very important! Love that looks to help build people up and enlighten them. Love with pure motives. And that many of us do not get enough love and some do not get any at all. Show love wherever you can. Love is the most important ingredient in any “therapy.” And by love, I mean altruistic benevolent idealistic love as in concern and caring.

Incidentally, I was most fortunate in the school atmosphere I had in Jr. High. High School was far more negative. There was still some good in teachers in the schools in the early 70s in Portland, Maine. It is not that way any longer. Home Schooling is the only way to go now. But we can all be "teachers" and "nurturers" if we want to be.

What are Traumas & Changes?
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We need a good definition and parameters before we can evaluate these properly, even as courts and law need defined laws and limits to those laws. Careful distinctions make all the difference in the world.

Traumas, defined by me, are primarily those of major proportions, which will cause the pain to be blocked off (kept from) from the cortex and kept in storage until the brain is ready for their impact and processing in a safe secure environment. We might remember the events but will not feel the complete impact of those events, since the stem deemed them too overwhelming to handle all at once. We’ll call these primal traumas. But let us not miss this point! Many hurtful experiences may leave bitter memories and yet not reach the suppressive storage of primal traumas. They may still get placed out of reach to some degree but are not deep out of reach like primal traumas.

In fact, pains and hurt run a full range from small little pains to major trauma and everything in between. As well, we experience many fun, exciting, or rewarding things from minor accomplishments to major achievements, from winning a game of “Chutes and Ladders” to winning the lottery or falling in love.

And pain and pleasure will make impacts and changes in our lives. They can cripple us or remind us to be as good to others as some were to us. They can give confidence or shake it loose. They can mold our beliefs about ourselves and the world. The more love we have, the better we can weather storms of hurt, persecution, and trauma. The more we have been hurt, the more difficult it will be to make sense of anything.

Yet this odd thing remains. Some seem to overcome the most incredible odds and adversity and still come out being decent productive people while others, seemingly starting out with great advantages, still turn out rotten or useless. Human nature is resilient and yet often disappointing. A group of factors may increase or decrease odds of success but any given set of circumstances does not seem to yield any guarantees, one way or the other. We do our best to give as best as we can to ourselves, to others, and to life, and hope for the best.

But I bring up one more thing. Needs! What are our needs as infants and children? Besides the obvious basics, right? We look to our parents to be able to teach and guide us. Help us to reason, point out subtle things we might not see. To play with us frequently. Help us to get better at physical activities as well as intellectual ones. And to bring the total accumulation of human experience to us so we can carry it on without starting from scratch. It was our due right but we did not get our due right.

Is God in the Equation?
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I say He is but let me limit it here. Just for the record, when God created man and spirits much like Himself, as well, there came about a dispute about God’s intentions, motivations, rights, and in particular, what were the range and capabilities of human beings. God’s adversary at law asked to scramble and destroy most things meant to keep humans on the right path and see if they would come out of it, if access to instructions were available but not publicized. Hence, life is a great big experiment on what our range and limits of abilities are, as well as our tendencies and likelihoods.

Now discounting God, we can still say that life presents considerable challenges that can almost seem insurmountable. But maybe we can ask, what was the optimal or best way, the intended way, for humans to act and behave? Lets look at that! And if you don't like God, at least embrace some morals and ethics which our "evolved" brain abilities should have enabled in us, so that we do not need to be exclusively driven by primitive urges and can respect other people's urges, rights, space, etc. Instead of eating each other and competing with each other, we can cooperate, coordinate, and help each other. We can be in it together, rather than in opposition to each other, like animals often are.

That said, I would also suggest that leaving God out does bring certain perils. For there are things going on in the world, which are not exclusively under the control of humans alone. We have external influences which we are in a battle with, whether we want to be aware of it or not. It be ignorant or deliberately blind to them is to place ourselves in great danger. So be careful what you choose and why you choose it. I recommend courage and conscience of the mind. Dare to investigate!

Where Is Our Manual for Raising Kids?
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Parents don’t just give us love and affection. They (are supposed to) teach us everything we need to survive without damage or leave us lacking for life’s experiences. To teach us how to think and reason effectively, distinctively, discerningly! Our parents should have prepared our minds to serve us in all things well.

With or without God, the goal should have always been to learn as much as possible as soon as possible and expand on it ourselves as we live on. Effective intelligent thinking does not come naturally. It is a learned, taught, refined ability that does not come instinctively and needs cultivation and nurturing. It gets better with use, even as does athletics or many other skills. Now we don't push our kids and ram things down their throats, but if love were applied and our lessons were communicated well, they would be received well and natural curiosity would soon take over. Ah, but idealism is far from reality, right?

But as humans, we have never seen this as very important. We let the kids run off by themselves to learn from their peers who know little more than they do. We leave them to figure it all out for themselves, without help and advancement. We let them down in major ways. We let ourselves down, too. We are a mess. We are not in a hurry to see them grow up. But getting smart is not such a bad thing. Kind of handy, really. Its better than becoming a victim or prey.

As well, the world is a terrible place of confusion and corruption. Those in power and wealth seek to keep the masses subjugated and enslaved, with little to no knowledge and understanding. Ignorant masses are easy to control and manipulate. That is why the small ruling elite like it. So we need to teach our kids how to get through life without too much trouble and avoid the big bumps and holes along with way. We need advanced preparation even as do new army recruits when entering boot camp before going on to war.

And teaching takes dedication and effort and those do not come unless love came before them, 1st. And often, thinking exists to develop long term strategies. Most instinctive core reactions are short term immediate survival. The intellect is the exact opposite, seeking long term strategy by detailed analysis and planning. Both have importance in short term survival and long term survival, not just of individuals, but of our continued lineage, race, and species. This is why we have a cortex to develop.

But Art and PT say that the intellect only gets in the way so do not develop it or you will not be able to let your feelings come up. Most fans of PT despise the intellect. Amazing, no? But its true. You can see it all over Janov’s blog postings and books, and yet, Janov denies that he has anything to do with rejection of the intellect but he downs it in so many writings of his and blames the cortex and intellect for so many failures of therapy. It’s a nice escape goat but it’s not true. The intellect is not to blame for Pt not working. Art has it all wrong. Art just likes to pick on the intellect because he does not like where it leads to, suspects I!

The Intellect, Our Crowning Glory!
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The Intellect is not a threat to healing! It is an advantage given to us to see the long term options and visions, and examine and analyze things in careful detailed ways. For example, a casual observance of the stars might make us realize who they migrate across the sky over time. But detailed observation by precise measurement helps us to recognize retrograde motions and other things that can help us realize that stars going across the sky are actually going around us and we are spinning as well.

Insights are often not intuitive, particularly scientific insights. They are seemingly counter-intuitive. But if we follow our instruments' readings, we can discern these unseen forces of physics. It is careful detailed analysis that helps us recognize "hidden" things. We look beyond the deceptive appearances and measure what is really the case. The brain stem, 1st level can not do such things. It stays on constant alert and functions best when brought into a perfect world uninjured by pain, were such a thing possible.

So the intellect can expand our options and horizons, not limit them or hinder them as PT fans seem to think. The intellect opens up so much to us and for us. But the irony of the intellect is that it can be misused or selectively employed, causing harm to come about, rather than good. Now PT fans will often blame "science" and the intellect for the blights of technology, like blaming a gun for murder, instead of the person who used the gun. But Art is partially responsible for much of this, though he does not think so.

Art continually blames the intellect for stopping feelings and blocking therapy, or keeping us distracted. He does not believe the core controls the intellect. I beg to differ, of course. But my suspicion, which should be held suspect by all, without supporting evidence, is that Arthur fears the intellectual process of reasoning and logic for he fears where it might well end up. Where is that? My hunch, and perhaps mine alone, is that Arthur is not very good at reasoning because truly good sound reasoning would reveal real true science, which Art might not like in all its implications.

For one, it might suggest the world really is a bad negative place where science is lied about on a pretty steady continual basis, and that we can not trust our leadership and the elite. Were Art to suggest and promote something as anti-establishment as this, he might lose his license, just for starters. So he behaves and keeps out of the way. AS well, good sound science might also reveal the true past of the earth and humans and that might even end up suggesting there is a God. And I suspect Arthur vehemently dislikes the idea of God. He says it is irrational! No proof or evidence! In fact, he says evolution is full of evidence, which it is not, if you truly apply sound logic to the subject.

So in order to avoid God and religion, which Art detests in my opinion, though he says he has nothing against it, I beg to disagree. He speaks of unseen forces as irrational. Well, there are many different types of unseen forces but he seems to suggest that all unseen forces are irrational. This too, is very flawed logic for gravity can not be seen, but we can see its effects. Magnetism is unseen unless you have a meter designed to measure it. See how easy it is to refute errors? So Arthur avoids anything that smacks of intellect, reasoning, logic, analysis, conspiracies, religion, God, and who knows what else.

So when he looks for suspects as to why therapy fails, he selects the intellect as the guilty party, thereby reinforcing his prejudice against that direction and making him feel better that he has a good reason from avoiding the things I suggest he does not like. He is lying to himself and comforting himself with errors in thinking. These are the very things he accuse other of, especially if they have not undergone Pt.

Those are my suspicions. I will elaborate on them more later on and with supporting evidence. But what I emphasize here is how wonderful the intellect truly is for us all. But vitally important to us all is to ponder our own motives all the time. We NEED the conscience, empathy, and courage to examine ourselves and our motives and dare to point the finger at ourselves and accuse ourselves of insincerity and bad motives, even lies. We need to look at our ego and see if it is accurate and helpful. We have to be able to admit impure motives and make changes. We need to be brave and honest. We need to use our intellect in the right way or it will be in vain that we have it at all.

Let me throw a few mantras at you. Knowledge is power! Saw this one the other day: Education Prevents Manipulation! Does it ever! Knowledge is essential, vital, life saving! Ignorance is deadly! Think how primitive PT fans are when they swear at the intellect and praise contradictions and primitive retreat and avoid thinking so you can "heal." Ah, heal or congeal as in rigor mortis? Those in power hate anyone but them having knowledge. We need to understand why!

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One of the most dangerous attitudes on earth is Elitism. And low and behold, Janov and PT are full of it. Now common forms of elitism can be found in politics, religion, and academics. This is also very similar to Authoritarianism, which might look like a long word, but in essence, is a nasty 4 letter word, regardless of what others tell you ;-) Those in power or instructing you will tell you that they are superior to you, because they have been "authorized," appointed, certified, licensed, verified, have a degree, were specially trained and because you have not yet been authorized, you are in no position to judge or worse, challenge, heaven forbid. Hey, maybe they even talk to God and have a special relationship with Him so you better listen to them!

Now we do start out knowing nothing at birth. But in time, we can grasp anything if we apply ourselves because that intellect we received works on autopilot and can break down and deduce anything with time and effort. No human is exempt from these abilities. Now some have handicaps and some have headstarts in life, but all can make great progress if they want to and are patient and persistent.

Now another type of Authority is power and law. If one has been deputized and authorized by power and law, then they can enforce the law. But this does not mean the law is right or just. It simply means the power made the law and you better follow it or else. Power is not a reason. Law is not always based on reason, though it should be. Justice and reason have no relation to authority, power, or "law." Reason does not need law, power, or authority. Truth based on reason, is itself a principle upon which other things can be built and established. Truth and reason fear nothing. Authority, Power, and Law, are often terrified of truth, reason, and balance of justice, related to empathy and conscience, my brothers and sisters!

There are no lies devised or that have ever been devised that can harm truth. Truth beats lies, every time. Truth is so powerful and threatening that the only thing evil and lies can do is ban, abolish, and censor truth. They Forbid truth and speaking of truth and fact. They threaten any who dare to speak out in truth. They persecute truth and those who speak it. They even kill those who promote truth and reason.

Who are the typical Elitists? Very wealthy people! Very powerful people! And usually a minority in a population. They seek to control all information and communication so that they may limit and restrict what we know. Why? Because ignorant people are no threat and are easy to control. But knowledge threatens that ignorance. It threatens their control and ability to manipulate, enslave, dominate, abuse, use, and do as they please. Do you get it?

Now Art says that only he can heal, according to his precise definition, of course. I dare say he is right. But then he says that only those how have eliminated most of their birth trauma and in the womb traumas can think and reason. All others can not possibly do so. Ah, elitist thinking and propaganda if ever I have heard it. Typical elitists are clergymen, cult leaders, academics, teachers, scientists and engineers, politicians, law makers, lawyers, judges, rich people, bureaucrats, big business men, salesmen, and I am sure I am missing a few if not many. They all say that only they know or can know or that they know what is best for you better than you do. Therefore, they should not have to explain anything to you because you could not understand it, anyway. They have special super powers that you mere mortals do not possess.

Janov boldly asserts, as do his fans and many patients, that you can not think and reason without getting rid of pain, first. But this is silly and I will show you how and why. Let me state it briefly. We see evidence of great deductive reasoning and insight all the time, all around us. And it happens without Pt! And further, that as much as the intellect does function well, it does seem to fail humans in general and there is a reason for this. Our nature and the suppression of our masters. So I will address those next in detail.

The Intellect at Work
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Man has been discovering things since time and himself began. As we gain experience, we gain insight and improve things and make new better things. As our community, race, nation, and species grows, so does our collective knowledge and experience. As new generations come along, we pass along knowledge as well, to give them a headstart as they take it further. And as population grows, so does labor and resources available so that we have more labor, wealth, and resources to apply to learning and knowledge so that technology expands ever more and ever greater.

We have come up with some great observations in philosophy, wisdom, psychology, science, technology and whatever else. In fact, psychology eventually arrived at PT, and Janov discovered it before he ever had PT to clear his head, theoretically. Our state of technology is amazing if not scary. I will state, without proof in this case but with reasonable evidence not offered but seen, that we can control the weather, cause storms and earthquakes, and turn the laws of physics on their head with secret classified UFO technology and free energy, so called, as well.

God said to those with Him in heaven in Genesis, "Look, they are one people and one language. Why nothing will stop them from accomplishing whatever they think of, to do." (Gen. 11:6). Indeed, thanks to our intellect, we can discern and figure out whatever we like. We have virtually no  limits. In fact, that seems to be part of the problem ;-) As well, nearly any of us can see the problems of others. We have that insight. It is only ourselves we can not see. Our minds work just fine. But we are not very good at making decisions. I'll discuss that shortly.

So while our intelligence is very powerful and effective, it often does seem to be selective in what it discerns or pursues. So who or what guides our intellect? Why can we learn and deduce so much and yet miss so much, too? Why is it selective and in some areas, so limited? So when Art says we can not think; why, that is absurd! It is quite obvious we can and do and have for as long as we have existed. It is way beyond denying. Yet still Arthur persists, at least in regards to personal insights. In that direction, it would appear there are some difficulties. If we were to deny that, then we would be as blind and in denial as Arthur is on the intellect in general.

But what remains is that we are very powerful in the intellect, when we want to be. It is a very obvious fact we can not possibly deny. It is self evident!

We Fail Ourselves
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The problem really seems to be in those things I mentioned earlier. Our self-image and beliefs of our selves, our perceptions and conclusions about our selves, better known as the ego; and our motivations about what we seek to know, at least about ourselves. Are we objective? Are we sincere? Do we truly want the truth? A dilemma, no?

Really, we all seek pleasure and satisfaction, comfort, reassurance, etc. We want to be "happy," for whatever that is. We want to feel good and feel at ease. We do not want discomfort, anxiety, uncertainty, or worse; threats, danger, fear, pain, hurt misery, depression, or anything like that. We love pleasure and hate pain and discomfort. Problem is, that life usually presents both to us at the same time. We might pursue love, but in doing so, experience both reward and pain. Many things present a conflict of choices and outcomes.

So when seeking knowledge and truth, we often face fear, rather than reward. As Solomon put it in Ecclesiastes, "the more knowledge I sought, the more pain I had and the wiser I got, the more grief I suffered." Knowledge and love can both be very painful. Many things in life are like that. We get wealth and then find out it comes with lots of headaches. I would not know that one, personally ;-) But I have heard it said! I believe it!

So we often face a decision. In seeking something we want or think we want, are we willing to accept the consequences, good or bad? Will we go after it, whether it offers reward or pain? Some hate pain or fear and will avoid those rather than get truth, which might cause fear or pain. This is where courage comes in. Courage will say, I know enough to know that nothing comes exclusively with just reward and not grief, too. And as we grow and mature, if we grow and mature, we learn that all things have a price on them. Nearly nothing is pain free or fear free.

But some also learn this: that regardless of the pain or pleasure, truth and an accurate knowledge of circumstances of life, are always the best solution and minimize the pain and grief more than illusion and lies, do. So we are always better off with truth and objective accurate honest knowledge. With those, we can make the best choices possible, and avoid the worst harm  .  .  . but not all harm. So we then decide we will pursue truth and accuracy, no matter what the risk, for the risk will always be less than being deceived and acting without correct information.

But let it be known that many have avoided these lessons and conclusions. Too many things are just too scary to them and they do not want to face them. So they run, hide, and beg for lies to make them feel better, if only for the moment. Our nature as a species tends to be gutless, spineless, lazy, cowardly. We hate effort and like the easy way out. But mature intelligent people come to learn that those bad qualities always end up in failure in the long term. Some learn, some prefer not to learn. Most humans will take the lesser course. And there are some other factors that make that even more likely. I'll address them in a minute.

But where Arthur perhaps fails is in looking for solutions in the 3 levels of the brain and particular spots in the brain when some qualities are perhaps a result of the collective whole of the brain and do not reside in any specific area exclusively. Courage can not be located anywhere that I know of. But it is of the utmost importance facing the scariest of all things . . . our inner selves. As a whole, we tend to fail ourselves when we lie to ourselves, about our selves, to make ourselves feel better.

So we get real selective and blind and oblivious to our own faults and short comings. We can harness the powers of nature and can destroy the world many times over, but we dare not find bad in ourselves. We can justify wealth and power, and ignore how we hurt people when we do so. Selective decision making. Got a conflict? Ignore it! Avoid it! Hide from it! Make up ridiculous excuses. Why, you're better than most! You deserve it more! You are superior to others, right? It is your rightful calling to be over others. Hope no one asks you why those things are so. You would never dream of asking them to yourself, either. Ignorance is bliss when it comes to uncomfortable confrontations of objective truth. Get it?

So it is no mystery as to why we are selective in our seeking knowledge and understanding. Most do not want to face anything uncomfortable. So Art and all psychologists of good intentions struggle to figure out how to get people to see reality and truth. But the bitter truth of the matter is that we can not make people do that. And they may actually prefer death to that. Its true! People have the right to choose and they experience the consequences of their choices. They have a right to both choices and consequences. In fact, they can not avoid either of those. They are like the law of gravity. You just can't ignore it or avoid it.

The Hypnotic State
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I strongly recommend a 26 part series on hypnosis that Arthur Janov published on his blog: which ran from June to September of 2011. I hope to put it together in a single page and maybe a PDF file as well. Janov explains what hypnosis really is. What is most scary is that much of humanity is in a frequent, if not constant state of hypnosis or very vulnerable to it, at the least. Recall how I spoke of Caesar Milan, the "Dog Whisperer" on the Nat Geo channel and how he gets dogs into the proper mental state for listening and obeying. And we all need to be in the right states of mind at the right times for certain things to happen. Different states for different goals.

But as well, we often find ourselves in very passive states where no critical thinking or active thinking is going on. We are very receptive and open. Problem is, that if we have little thought or understanding to begin with, then we can have our heads filled with ideas that may or may not be advantageous and useful to us. What comes to our heads may be quite useful to someone else. Or it may be just lies and illusions. But if we are not critical, experienced, deep thinkers, then we might be overly susceptible to other "influences" of potential harm.

We would not be critical in our thinking unless we believed that we were often being lied to. Let me illustrate. I loved the Batman TV show when it came out in 1966. I was 7. I would happily suspend reality and engage in fantasy or "make-believe. But Batman went far beyond plausible fantasy whereas Star Trek was not nearly as far fetched, though it took liberties, too. Batman was outright campy. But my mother and father would watch it and sometimes it was just too much and they would make fun of certain things.

But much of what they poked at, did make sense. It was hard to ignore. It woke me up and made me realize how stupid the show could be at times. I almost felt a bit ashamed. So I began to see Batman differently. I began to mock it as well. And from then on, I looked at everything much more critically. TV was full of empty impossible BS. It deserved a far more critical judgment. When I view those old shows now, it is even more clear how dumb they often were. No wonder the USA is full of idiots. But I owe a debt of gratitude to my parents for waking me up and alerting me to the many absurdities of TV.

I learned that TV and life were full of lies and silliness. I questioned many things I saw and heard. And I got better at it all the time as I grew. I went far beyond my parents. So I could not just sit and watch TV and accept it or not question it. How bad does it get. I was watching a movie with a 13 year old cousin in my 30s. John Travolta played an angel, Michael, I think. Anyway, the cute little dog got ran over by an 18 wheeler truck. The angel picks up the dead dog, in quite the fine condition, I might ad. So I laughed at a very sad scene. the cousin looks at me rather strangely and asks what was so funny about that. I said, an 18 wheel man tons truck just ran over a dog and not a scratch. I said if that really happened, you would not even recognize there had been a dog. In fact, you would need to scrape up the mess and it would be quite ugly. She got it!

Once awakened, you can never go back to sleep. You automatically question everything you see, and keep doing so, partly because you keep coming across so many lies, distortions, and illusions. It continually reinforces its own habit. It becomes a way of life, an addictive habit, a reinforced and repeating pattern. You now have a suit of armor on at all times, deflecting all the lies. This is an alertness. Before my exposure at 7, I gladly suspended reality, too much so, says I. I could have gone on forever doing this, and just accepting everything I saw, had it not been for my parents arousing doubt and skepticism. We are constantly being influenced and most do not even know it is going on. Only critical thinking will change that.

And there are ways we can be made even more vulnerable to "influence" and a sort of hypnosis. If we are in a state of confusion, tired and sleep deprived, a poor diet, overloaded with distractions and information overload, stress, sickness; these can all wear our minds down and make them tired and ready to accept whatever. And our world is designed to create as much of these conditions as possible. So our "environment" is clearly working against us in our efforts to be strong and reinforced in our minds.

I know that when I would come home from work, at times I just wanted to relax and zone out in front of the TV, full of mindless crap and situations that were nothing like real life. I did tend toward serious programming if I could find it, but that is not easy, either. From the time we wake till the time we fall off to sleep, we are under attack with too much noise and distraction. Focus is hard to arouse. Concentration a challenge. We need to find time to escape from most of the "noise" and other distractions so that our minds can recover and then begin serious study or thought.

But many today, youth in particular, have cell phones, and other portable devices for every sort of entertainment and diversion so that they never have any free time to think or ponder in a meaningful way. Their guard is down, their minds weakened, their time taken, attention diverted, and primed for mindless receptivity.

The hypnotic state is one that is easy to fall into, in the world we live in today. It is like swimming in the current of a stream, and just letting go and letting the current take you down stream, to wherever it is going. You better hope it is going to where you want. In all likelihood, if you are not one of the elite of the world, it is not heading in a good place for you. You better get out of that stream and start walking on land and in a direction that is best for you.

We are constantly being lulled into a state of hypnosis and we need to be armed against it. A strong, well educated mind is your best and only defense against someone else trying to take over your mind with their ideas. It is a battle for your mind. Will it remain yours or become someone else's property to use? Its up to you. But knowledge is power, information is protection, education prevents manipulation. A strong intellect is likened, in the Bible (Ephesians 6) to a full complete set of body armor and powerful weapons. Elsewhere in the Bible we are told that the weapons of Christians are (supposed to be) "spiritual," more intellectual, actually. The Bible says our "weapons" are good for battling ideas, thoughts, reasonings, philosophies, propaganda, and the like. So we do need to be "armed" in the mind, almost like psychological warriors ready for a battle for our hearts and minds.

But Art says its all primal pain that causes all our "ideas" and "thinking" and "rationalizing" and that the intellect is at the mercy of this pain. Then he contradicts himself and says the intellect takes control from the 1st level and leads us away in wrong directions. This would suggest that the intellect is more powerful to, and superior to the stem/1st level. Bullshit! One TV commercial once said that a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Art often seems to almost suggest that a mind (intellectual aspects) is just a terrible thing, period. He says that is not so, but he changes his tune constantly. His fans speak loudest and clearly in that they all despise logic, reason and the intellect. So do evil world and business leaders. Notice who is sleeping in the same bed?

I recall the words to a song, "turn off you mind, relax and float downstream" (Lennon & McCartney: Tomorrow Never Knows). Those who want to control, use, and manipulate you, and maybe even want to kill you in time, or at least shorten your life span so you don't have much time to learn anything; would like you to turn off your mind and go with the flow. Art seems to like it, too. For him, its all about feelings. I say, it would be nice to bring up all those feelings for integration and healing, but in the world we live in today, the urgency and danger present do not afford or allow us to fix our souls to any great degree. You have time, either for relieving the primal pains of your early life, or developing the intellect, but not likely both. More later on.

A World Designed to . . .
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As I pointed out just above, our world is designed in every way to attack and confuse our minds and distract us. It seeks to manipulate our time and thought energy as well as physical energy, so we have no spare energy to spend on our own best interests. Most of our time is spent as slaves serving the "interests" of others, our "masters." Our diet has been corrupted and destroyed to weaken our health and lifespan. Our environment has been polluted with chemicals and toxins of all sorts, to attack both body and mind. We are fed constant illusions and lies on TV and movies, where life is not portrayed as it really is, but as something quite different.

For example, if you watch TV shows from the 60s, you will note how they portray life in the USA as so dedicated to justice and integrity, righteousness and fairness. Perry Mason was such a great honest lawyer of remarkable dedication and integrity. I challenge anyone to find a lawyer like that in real life. "'Big Valley" also shows law at its best. And government is so righteous and serves the people so well. Bad guys are immediately stopped and squashed. Real life, on the other hand, is nothing but fraud and corruption in the courtroom and among lawyers. No honesty or integrity anywhere. Government screws, rather than helps.

And people are so nice and trustworthy and decent. Are you kidding me? They were never like that, ever! We were fed nothing but lies on TV. Maybe it was like that on Mars or in a distant galaxy, but never here on earth. Hollywood and TV lied to us 24/7/365 and still does.

At school and at work, we are assaulted daily. Stripped of dignity and demoralized constantly. Our spirits are crushed and raped without letup. We are slowly filled up with abuse till we being to show signs of PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as if we had been in a nasty war. Well, we were and are in a constant nasty war. I recall the movie, "Full Metal Jacket" by my beloved Stanley Kubrick, and a great performance by R. Lee Ermy, where his character says to a young man in a bad mental state after being singled out and beaten by his own comrades by towels with soap bars in them, to give up his rifle or he was "going to be in a world of shit." The young man shoots the drill sgt. and then sits down on a toilet seat. Another solider tries to reason with him, repeating the warning of earlier, to which the young man replies, "I live in a world of shit!" and then he blows his own head off with the rifle. Very graphic but for good reason. We saw a human being ruined and destroyed, and him blowing off his head was a merely a horrifying formality. It should have given us reason to ponder, no?

It maybe be perhaps exaggerated (not much) but it was to make a point. The army is hell. Life is hell. Comic artist writer Matt Groening of Simpson fame, used to write comics in a series called Life in Hell. It was comical and funny, but not without some serious merit as is the case with the satire of the Simpsons, too. Life is designed from the ground up to be hell. The Bible suggests that a powerful spirit being called by derogatory names devil (liar) and Satan (resistor/rebel), has set out to show humans to be pathetic useless creations created by that "incompetent one," God Himself. This devil has sought to turn the world upside down to prove his point. So we are all under accusation for being idiots and useless, good for nothing. Whether you accept that premise or not, the question still remains worthy of an answer. Are we any good for anything or not?

But worse, this accuser has sought to make the world as hostile to us as possible to prove his point. Only he has failed at times, enough times to show he is wrong. But a few more things remain to be shown. How far will mankind go without God? We will soon find out. But if you prefer, ignore the God and spirit being ideas and just assume it is just us down here fighting it out amongst ourselves.

Primal Pain creates hunger, wants, and desires that can not be silenced or satisfied. We can never get enough. And some have sought more power and control so that they may have more while most of us have much less. So much power and control have they sought, that now they can control the whole world and all its wealth and resources. Every aspect of our lives is controlled so that none of us may present any substantial threat to any of their plans and devices.

They seek to shorten and limit our life spans so that we do not live long enough to get smart enough. They have corrupted and polluted everything so that we function poorly at best. They saturate the world with propaganda of all sorts, and at every turn. We have every possible aspect of life aimed against us. Their cross hairs are constantly aimed at us. They monitor our every word and thought. Nothing escapes their attention, anymore. We truly are in a world of shit.

That being the case, we are challenged to nearly our very limits, to see what we are made of. It is a very difficult situation, but not an impossible one. God has seen to that. He gave us an intellect, a brain capable of withstanding nearly any challenge that could possible be devised against us. Or if you prefer, "evolution" gave it to us. Excuse me while I laugh. OK, I'm alright now. Got my composure back.

We are in a war, a very serious war for our minds and sanity. We can only escape and survive it if we develop and sharpen our minds into a full suit of armor and weapons that can overcome propaganda of any sort and disable any lies and render them useless. We can discern and figure out anything if we want to. It is up to us and that God-given intellect. We can develop it or just let it sit there doing nothing. If we let it do nothing, then we have become just like the animals, except that animals do not have a choice as to what they are, but we do.

Whose Side Is He On?
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So I ask, whose side is Arthur Janov on? What he seems to "preach" puts him in bed with very interesting company. Some very nasty players hell bent on human oppression. If I ask as Romans always did, "who benefits?" then what do I conclude? The possibility does exist, that Art is, knowingly or unknowingly, aiding and assisting in human abuse, by pretending to relieve human abuse. Maybe he is sincere but does not see the implications of his poorly thought out conclusions. Has he been duped by his own "sub-conscious?" I suspect it is possible.

Here is the possibility that I see. Just speculation of my own. Nothing known or certain. Art does not like religion, especially that God idea, in my opinion. All "belief," whenever Art brings up belief, as I see it, is that "belief" is irrational and caused by primal pain. Why, no rational man or woman would believe in God, otherwise. Either that, or Art makes sure that when he is done with a patient, they no longer "believe." OK! So I am irrational, deceived by primal pain, and I am not qualified or authorized to criticize and find fault with the great and powerful discoverer of Primal Pain and Primal Therapy. He has ascended to heaven to replace God and save us from ourselves. What a guy!

But insane or not, I do not subscribe to any therapy or idea that makes the human intellect of no effect or power. Yes, I am going to take on the god of PT. I guess that makes me the devil in this context, eh? A sacrilegious apostate and heretic. So burn me at the stake if you like. But I do agree with Arthur on the basics of Primal Theory. But I disagree with his anti-intellect attitude. He says it stops or makes primal healing harder, if not impossible. To that, I say, if you have to choose one or the other, choose the intellect and to hell with Pt. Personally, I would like both, but I do not have time and money for both. So I choose the development of the intellect. Even if I engaged in Pt, I would still further the education of my intellect, non-stop. And I have never ignored my feelings, either.

But I am of the opinion, that Art does not like reasoning or the intellect, because he fears where logic and reason could ultimately lead to. Good sound rational logic and reason, in my mind, could easily lead to God and the religion of God. Oh, the horrors. God forbid! Anywhere but there! Art might prefer being fed to a den of lions, than end up at the altar of God, so to speak. So he comes up with every twisted turn of logic and supposed science to escape coming face to face with God and all that happily ever after stuff.

Now this could rule out him cooperating with the evil ones of the world, but does not automatically rule it out, either. Hard to know just exactly where the head of Arthur is at. But I find contradiction in his assertions of the direction of control in the mind. And his downing of the intellect is more than a little disturbing to me. It certainly is useful to those in power at the moment, though. It is hard for me to ignore that. The intellect is so vital.

But now I am going to entertain a more broad and encompassing psychological theory of my own, which I present as the Grand Unified Theory of Psychology, copying Einstein's 1928 Paper on what he called the Grand Unified Field Theory, which Arthur has also co-opted and promised to us, though I do not think he can or will deliver it. It is left to me, I guess.

Philosophy and Psychology History
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This is my view of the history of the development of Psychology, which first started out as philosophy, as I see it. Philosophy is a word of Greek origin, from 2 Greek words, philo (philia) which means love or love of; and sophy, which comes from sophia, which means wisdom. Men who loved wisdom and how it applies to all things in life. Greeks became quite enamored of philosophy and perhaps brought it to its greatest point, before others tried to suppress any good that might have come from it.

As I see it, the Greeks got as far as one could get with it before it became too much of a threat to those in power who rule. Rome, far more powerful and controlling, allowed much less discussion of philosophy. Philosophers in Rome were pretty much unheard of. Greeks were in a constant struggle with each other so that there was no prevailing national hierarchy to suppress it nearly as much. But that said, Socrates was executed for having too much to say about those in power and "being a bad influence on the young men," and Aristotle was nearly killed for having too much to say about too many things. Even there in Greece, one had to be careful. But in Rome, they never got even close to the Greeks in philosophy. No one since, has. Many before Greece did not get that far, either.

The Age of Enlightenment might seem philosophical but it has traps built into it. It was hi-jacked by the wealthy sponsors and promoters who sought to devise philosophies to mislead us rather than benefit us. It was the power gridlock stalemate in Greece that likely enabled philosophy to enjoy its greatest advances. Aristotle was perhaps the pinnacle of such love of wisdom and reason.

Philosophy pondered all things. No subject was out of its reach. And among those subjects were the irrational behavior of men and nations. But no one tried to make human behavior a science which could not be disputed, as we have today. Humans could be contemplated, but never fully resolved for anyone for very long. Though no one knew precisely how the brain functioned, they pondered the workings of the mind/soul and debated what was rational or not. Aristotle helped develop a sound process of logic and distinction to help arrive at a proper conclusion.

Aristotle became very fashionable for a time in the history of Christianity during what was known as the Scholasticism Period of that religious movement, like around 1100 or 1200 AD or so. It was and is my favorite period for what it briefly attempted. It also soon fell out of favor as nations sought to employ their own philosophers to come up with philosophies more favorable to governments.

But an odd thing happened as the 19th century came to a close and 20th approached. As some sought to understand the mind, perhaps with a view to controlling or manipulating it better, since Industry and Big Money were at an all time peak then, they began to formulate a "science" of the mind, as if reasoning could be solved once and for all with some immutable undisputable laws of science, as if thinking and principles were just laws of physics. This was a big lie and deceit. But over time, a science was decreed by "authorities" who then became sanctioned, promoted, and "authorized" by the state, and even enforced by the state.

Now no longer whimsical philosophy, they were the laws of "science," which really was the rule of the iron fisted state who decreed a policy that favored big business and its desires, as democracies became the rage around the world. The state, as controlled by the mysterious unseen elite, would declare by science what was truly "good and beneficial" to humans. In reality, it was a way to enforce what the elite wanted to do with us, in the name of science and psychology, rather than the brute naked power and force that it really was. So now if we express ideas threatening to the state, even as Socrates and Aristotle did, and even as Jesus and other prophets did to their state, which was a religious state I might add, then we can be imprisoned, drugged, tortured, although they call it a "medical" practice, whereby they help correct our minds, readjusting them to their liking by brute bully force. Perhaps I am a bit to honest, no?

In fact, even execution is not out of reach. But today, they first frame you with false allegations and maybe plant some evidence, and send you up river for life or find cause to execute. Or you might end up in a tragic "accident" or suddenly have a overwhelming urge out of nowhere to commit suicide, without any previous signs of it. Ah, the miracles of the 21st century. Some have cynically dubbed what they see as being an assassination as "suicided" rather than homicide-d.

So today, we have a declared right and wrong, according to "science," which is infallible, of course, and we are told what is best for us. The state knows far better than we do, what is in our best interests. It is a scientific fact, you see ;-) Elitism has decreed it and we best not argue it, either. The Elites are an authority and can not be wrong. Authority is never wrong. It is backed by "solid science," my friend. You and I, just ordinary common peasants, could not possibly understand science. It takes special gifted people to be able to comprehend such marvelous feats of knowledge and understanding. We should be in awe of them!

Now Arthur comes along and declared the intellect misguided and insane. Well, little wonder there, since he practices under the name of "science" and is faithful to the dogma of evolution, proving he is a fully ordained member of the "club!" Why, it must be so!

So if you disagree with Art, as I do, then you, like I, must be mislead by the 1st level stem and can only be saved if we bring up all that primal pain and that will clear out our heads of that God, religion, and compassion crap or whatever else bugs Art. We can not possibly think or reason, otherwise. The dogma and mantra of PT is that the intellect is a hopeless failure without Pt. So don't even bother with the intellect. You're just wasting your time there. Drop everything and run to California and have Janov cure you in a mere 7-10 years (or maybe a good deal more or even never fully cured) and many thousands of dollars and then maybe you can be allowed to think and profess. How's that?!

The Dilemma
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So what do we do? What do we conclude? Here is how I see it. Arthur Janov is just a man. He discovered something very incredible but he can still be misled by his own mind. Ridding yourself of all your primal pain will not help the mind ultimately free itself of corrupt thinking, prejudice, or subjective thought and self deceit. We can still fool ourselves, even with primal pain resolved. There is too much to fear around us to imagine we could be fear free, and free of fear influence. Art's Elite claims are pure subjective nonsense and bullshit. He is not objective at all and not infallible, either. by the way, I am sure he will deny most of what I say, but I would expect that. My arrows have very sharp end on them. They hurt.

It is my finding that Arthur's patients are very typically badly wounded people who can barely think or function. Being able to find no relief in any other way, they are forced to seek the Primal Center out for help. And it is great that they have that option. I mean that sincerely, without my typical sarcasm and cynicism. There would be no hope for these, typically, were it not for Arthur's Treatment. He does them a good service. But for many out there in the world, they are not as helpless as they might feel or believe. They are self deceiving, self lying, and self manipulating. They are running and hiding from the truth within. And they are a mess for it, not surprisingly. Now I can tell them its all because of primal pain, but that is not the case.

Primal Pain surely makes any task more difficult, even very challenging, but NOT impossible! Its just another excuse for many, but not all. Some really do not have any other choice. I speak to those who do have other options, but are trying to avoid themselves. The power is within to begin to face the painful unpleasant truth inside us and begin a process to develop good sound reasoning and logic so that we can determine internal truth as well as external truth and reality. Let me put it this way. Don't you hate it when others lie to you? Then why lie to yourself or deceive yourself? Do you hate yourself, too? Why not love yourself with some honesty, right?

It would be great to get rid of our Primal Pain. It does do a lot of physical damage to our health and is a hindrance in our thinking and mental function. I agree with that much with Arthur. But I would also suggest that understanding the great danger that the world presents to us is of vital urgent need and more important then getting rid of primal pain. For at least 6,000 years, we have been neglecting coming to grips with what is going on around us. We let the little mundane things of life keep us preoccupied when we should be eliminating the vain and mundane distractions and diversions such as a materialistic way of life and constant entertainment and spend as much time as possible contemplating why our world is the way it is and what is in our best long term interests. We need to establish a proper sense of priorities in our life to help us discern where our long term interests and satisfaction can be found.

So things have gone from bad to worse over 6,000 years. How much longer can we go and how much worse can we let this all get? If we don't stop ignoring it, the end of our species will shortly overtake us.

As we read, think, ponder, reflect, talk, discuss with others, we will sharpen our minds and intellects till they become quite effective and razor sharp, so to speak. It is more important to learn than to fix things. Why do I say that? Because there are those who have great power and do not want anything fixed. It is the way they want it, already! Besides, before you can fix anything, you must understand the entire problem. If you try to fix things before understanding the full problem, you might get in trouble. Just figure out the truth.

Janov often speaks of consciousness in a way not typically used by the rest of psychology or the world of self help and the like. Art's consciousness is finally feeling/experiencing the memories of the stem and integrating them in the cortex. But the consciousness I recommend is that of breaking out of your hypnotic state or halfway between hypnosis and awake consciousness. Becoming awake, alert, aware (aaa) of what is going on in you, and all around you, outside of you. Its ceasing to accept at face value what has been handed to you from those around you, maybe that you trust, too. It is to start questioning what you have been told and examining it objectively, fairly, reasonably. Can it stand up to re-examination?

We need to become conscious, awake, aware, alert, and see beyond the surface of things and come to grips with what goes on that we do not see, that makes our world function. Lots goes on that we do not know about but need to know about. Consider the wild life of say the African Savanna. A herd of some animal might be grazing, all the while, being watched buy lions, leopards, cheetahs, and other predators. Predators watch for those who kind of stray from the flock, perhaps not paying as much attention to what is going on around them, nor appreciating that they are being stalked as they eat and wander. They get too far out from the flock and suddenly they find themselves being pursued, and some end up as prey.

Our world is a jungle. We are innocents who are unaware that we, too, are being stalked. And if we do not wake up, we, too, are apt to become prey of one sort or another. Prey of propaganda. Prey for the military machine or a political machine. Prey of organized crime or random crime. Pray for religions and cults. Prey to doctors who are not sincere. Prey to a false lying judicial system, lawyers included. Any number of things we might fall prey to. Our only hope and protection is to wake up and become aware of what is really going on around us so we can avoid most of it most of time or avoid the worst of it, hopefully.

Becoming truly aware of our world is the single most important thing we can do, ever. Yes, far more important that Primal Therapy, which therapy is very useful and helpful, but not as much as becoming awake and on guard. We need to develop our intellect in the same way that body builders develop their muscles and athletes develop their competitive skills. We can do it if we decide to do it and begin the process of inquiry and weighing. Wisdom comes from evaluating, weighing one idea against another and making critical distinctions between various ideas so that we can choose what is best for us and what best reflects reality as it truly is.

My opinion is that we can not change anything. It must be left to a power far greater than what we possess. Either there is a God, or primal pain will eventually wipe out the human race. I would like to offer a 3rd option, but I do not believe there is a 3rd option. You are facing the end of the world or, there is a God who cares and has always cared but has been involved in a dispute that must be resolved before He can begin to fix and repair the human race.

But my warning is that if you do not develop a sharp effective intellect, you might as well kiss your own ass goodbye. If you can not see the very bad direction the world is headed in, then I doubt anything in this article will help you. The hand writing is on the wall. It is just that some do not want to see or read it. But now we have some more things to discuss, apart from the present negative but realistic aspects I have raised.

I came across Bill Cooper's suggestion which is, to paraphrase: Learn everything you can! As much as you can and as fast as you can! And only accept what you can understand and verify for yourself.

This is the challenge before each and every one of us since we are all under attack and in great danger. Someone or something wants our minds, our obedience, our labor, and ultimately, our lives. It is that serious. Who shall we give ourselves to? Do we become our own or sell ourselves out to another by default, or willfully?

Art's Success and Failure
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Arthur has rendered the human race a very valuable discovery and has developed the understanding of it over the years to very refined degrees. I am deeply saddened that the world has not got on to his discoveries and his work. I consider these essentials for a far greater understanding of life and the world, and even God and religion. No Christians, in my mind, should be without this knowledge. It alerts us to many problems that we do not even know exist and yet they affect us every day of our lives. I do not write to hurt Arthur, but to maybe make him recognize some things he is not aware of in himself or  in his theories. He has missed some things. He has made some errors. We all do. He has been unwilling to come face to face with his errors. If he will not listen, I will warn his captive flock of followers and the world, too.

But I would be delighted if I also drew many more people to an awareness of Art's basic theory of Primal Pain and Therapy. Understanding PT helps us to know what is best or right for people and what is harmful. It shows us why the world is as it is. The mystery of it all disappears. But as well, I would like to see PT fans also see the value of a sharpened effective intellect that can see and cut through anything that comes across their path. And they can do this without Pt or with it. Clarification: many can do it without Pt but not all. Some will need Pt in order to function adequately. But some can do it without Pt.

A child sort of comes into the world expecting/needing love, but also expecting/needing direction and know-how. Art tries to correct the unfulfilled needs, though even after reliving the denials and their pain, I still say people need other people unless they are very strong. And even the strong would prefer others if it were possible. Often, it may not be at this late in the life span of our species.

To me, Art would do well to help teach his patients how to effectively use their intellects. I am not sure if Art is all that experienced with that. He got A's at one time but he also has a hard head. But he could at least set up a forum where Pt patients could discuss with each other and share notes and slowly advance their knowledge. The patients could set up their own organization. My only warning is that forces will seek to infiltrate and mislead the group and its process. In the end, one will need to be able to walk on their own two feet and often go it alone.

As I see it, having talked to some over the years who went through Pt, they often are still looking for answers and direction. It is not as easy as some would like us to think. When you are new to it, thinking takes confidence and lots of use. It helps if parents give you a head start but most will have to start without that. First up? Learn the basics of good procedure. I'll discuss some books I found very helpful. There are ground rules to follow so that one does not make stupid mistakes.

But like anything, success will depend mainly on your own sincerity, conscience, and courage, to evaluate your ego and change it to be far more realistic and reasonable in our expectations of ourselves. If you are not thorough and tough on your self, you might not do that well. But if you clean up your ego and beliefs about life, you are well on the way. I call it taking inventory of yourself.

I have suspicions about some of Arthur's failures or perhaps why he struggles to bring feelings up at times in patients. It could be that the patient is fighting the pain from coming up. He does not want it. It is scary or whatever. But it could also well be that feeling pain and having it rise to become felt and relived by the rest of the brain, the cortex in particular, is more automatic than maybe Art realizes. In other words, it is controlled entirely by the autonomic system, what I call autopilot, which handles the whole thing when it feels and decides it is time for the pain to come up and be known to the rest of the brain.

How does it determine this? I do not know. How does it determine when I need to puke? It knows and I do not. Now, I used to dread throwing up. Partly, this was because I lost control as my body took over involuntarily. It was actually my instinctive aspects that took over and controlled the reactions. It decided when I needed to throw up. We have many responses that are involuntary or do not require thought or decision from the intellect.

It may be more this way when it comes to traumatic pain being released. It could be much like throwing up. The stem makes and decision and up it comes. Some primal fans insist that they started or actually had primals. I am sure at least some have had such things. I nearly had one. It started to come up and I fought and tried so hard to stop it and it was deep sobbing and so reluctant to want to stop or receded. It is like nothing I had ever experienced before or after. It was triggered by kindness and concern.

I got it stopped but only with huge effort. It was embarrassing but at that time, me being 18, I had no idea what took place. It was only many years later than I discovered what was really going on. Art would say this was impossible, I suspect. As well, I had several experiences smoking pot that brought up hallucinations and different mental states, that I could feel and recognize as being much younger and more innocent, vulnerable, etc. I actually experienced a state of being a recently born infant, whose vision was narrowed and less functional and I could not understand language. I could hear the voices and sounds but had no idea what they were saying. the vision was very primitive. At the time, age 20, I did not know what was happening or why. It is only learning about PT that I figured it out. Art would say it is not possible.

But keep in mind, when patients told Art they had experienced birth in reliving memories, he did not believe them for a few years or more. Art is slow and stubborn about admitting any thing that he has not experienced or that contradicts his present beliefs. So his denial mean little in the face of such reactions in the past.

Now Art has said in his writings that a good primal patient who has relived many events, is often very sensitive to pot, much more so than normal. This was the case for me, too. My first "high" was scary because there was no warning that such things could happen. No one who over smoked pot had ever seen or heard of such a  thing before. I did not discover why till I learned about PT, nearly 10 years later.

But what I suggest is that when the stem decides it is safe and ready, the pain will come up whether you intellectually know or believe you, conscious you, is ready. If you do not know about PT, it will happen anyway and you will be shocked and mystified, not knowing or understanding what is going on.

But my next point is that it can decide that it/you are ready. It knows, you do not. But I maybe be one of the few instances where it nearly happened. I suspect there are more, though, who simply never figured out what was going on. but as well, Art might be doing his damnedest to make pain come up when the stem is saying no way, we are not ready yet, so we the stem are not going to allow it.

Now Art might have found tricks to let it happen anyway, but they might not be ideal or right, by the stem's thinking. Is Art pushing when maybe he should not be? Or is it that it can be accomplished without being fully ready, but then complications might follow. Or maybe both the stem allowing it, or Art getting it out, are both OK. But what if the stem says, we are not prepared intellectually and so will not cooperate?

There are a number of possibilities. But Art has admitted he has not done it as well or correctly 5-7 years ago as he does now. Could it be that he has yet even more to discover? I think it actually very likely that this is the case. He says that too many things are not possible which my own experience says are very possible and are a fact. Art is not open minded enough to even be willing to consider, so he is not the best gate keeper or investigator for this type of thing. new blood is needed.

I say our pain is at least partially accessible, at least if we are not too damaged. And I say that if the pain is ready to come up, it will and it can and it does. But since the conditions for its release are so rare, we do not even have documented cases yet, to verify or deny. Art is sure he has it all figured out and can not be wrong. I caution you not to believe that. My purpose in writing this article is to show the many concerns and unanswered questions Art needs to be able to resolve and refuses to. There is much he suggests that deserves to be questioned.

But he and his fans prefer to deny and make nasty accusations about my motivations and theories about all this. Yet another failure on all their parts.

But lets consider this! If I were right about my ideas, would verification or understanding come from extremely hurt people or form someone who was not overly injured psychologically? Obviously, someone not overly injured. And would the deeply injured even be able to feel it or confirm it? Not likely at all. It will be left for other mildly injured minds to verify, not the badly damaged. To date, I seem to be the only one to come forth with experiences and suggestions that question and contradict assertions of Dr. Janov. If more like me can come along, that might change. Perhaps I am the only anomaly to ever had make it this far. It may require someone daring enough to question Arthur, despite being badly damaged.

The biggest mistake any researcher or student can make is to assume that what they know and understand has reached its full development and understanding and can go no further. I believe this is the mistake and failure that Arthur and his students have made. Maybe his fight to ":make" or "force" people to feel is part of the problem. But much more would be need to be explored. My conviction is that when you get to my Holistic theory of Psychology and related headings, you will see some of the things that might hinder feelings rising. And understand what might make the stem feel at ease and begin the release of feelings.

I will go out on a limb here. I will assert that this whole idea of feelings being release and felt should be easy and effortless if the conditions were right. That it is so hard to get going or get out, is indication that something is not yet right or as right as it should be. More progress should be needed.

Or it may even be that only our original Creator can create the conditions that might easily facilitate our feelings rising for integration. He knows this far better than we do, if He exists and made us, as I would suggest He does and did. but I also know that most of Arthur's "converts" will hate this idea with a passion and bitterly fight it to the end, with a zeal they had never known before. Mark my words and carve them in stone!

Cognitive Therapy's Positive Side
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Yes, Virginia, there is a positive side to CT, despite Art's attacks on it. There is a lot to find fault with in Cognitive Therapy. But there have been some successes as well, as I showed earlier, when the therapist practicing does their job right  and if they are right for the job. The whole idea is to evaluate yourself and what you think and believe and what your image of yourself is and what your expectations are. Most of us go through our whole lives without ever thinking about these things.

But I have encountered 2 or 3 who were going through this process and it was fascinating to listen to them. It was clear that they have never asked questions about themselves. Their therapist asking forced them think about it and come up with some answers. Sometimes the conclusions could be discussed and even negotiated. But one woman in particular, she was so baffled that she had never done this and suddenly she was waking up from a deep sleep and beginning to think. It is incredible to watch and witness. Art tends to belittle it and I have no idea why, other than he believes there is 1 and only 1 solution with no alternatives or options. His way! Narrowly and exclusively!

This mistake is that we do need to start thinking about ourselves and why we do as we do, aside from primal pain issues, and ask if there may not be a better way to think, react, and behave. In an ideal situation, we would have the primally stored pain come up and be integrated and also begin to think and ponder with our intellect about ourselves and the world and where and how we all fit in. The idea is to pursue both. One serves the 1st level stem while the other serves the cognitive intellect. One pursues instinctive reactions and the other seeks long term analysis, planning, and strategy, for a better long term result. Art only does half the job and Cognitive Therapists only do half the job.

I do understand that while in primal therapy, in order to bring up feelings, one must turn off the intellect long enough to allow the feeling to come up. But only till the feeling comes up and then its back to thinking. Primal apologists always accuse you of not understanding this. Anything to discredit you, even if it is not true. They remind me so much of religious people, who often also hate the truth and try to twist things so they can "win" an argument in their imagination of things.

Primal therapy and Cognitive therapy need each other. PT was discovered on the journey to developing psychology and trying to serve the patients as best as possible. But when Art discovered primal pain and started developing a therapy and theory, he left the cognitive aspects behind as if they were not needed. Who cares about the intellect. Part of the problem as I see it, is that Arthur only had certain types of patients come through his door, for the most part. They needed serious help and repair before cognitive techniques could be used at all.

But many have never sought Art out because they could get on without his therapy, and had to, since it is expensive, not very available, and it takes years, and no guarantee, either. Patients can often be their own worst enemies if they are not sincere and diligent. The therapist can do nothing if the patient does nothing or resists. So cognitive techniques are not obsolete. They may need some further development. But they do serve a purpose and use. But I am going to suggest another way.

Self Therapy
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It always used to baffle me how some of my friends around me would take lessons for just about anything. Their parents had money and mine did not. That never bothered me till near graduation. I had an experience in school that led me to believe I could find, learn, and conquer any subject I wanted. Individual contracts in 8th grade math and 7th-9th science showed me I could do it without the teacher in most instances. I have, even since, always preferred doing things myself and being independently guided and motivated. My parents did not force me to get good grades or perform and I did not for 7 years. But when I got "bitten," I got self motivated and could not be stopped.

I came across some communication books my mother had. She worked in the communications dept. at the local state university in Portland Maine, USM now. It used to be UMPG. But I began to think about what was being said and taught in several books. I saw some self  help books in her stuff, too. I began to think about myself and what I really was and if I still wanted to be that, or something else. I decided I wanted to be more and better, even different. So I began to work on myself in late 10th grade. Breaking my leg skiing in 10th, left me often alone to think and ponder. As well, I may have been suffering from the way I was handled by medical staff with my leg. I first experienced teen angst at that time. It was likely primal pain as I see it now. But it all caused me to ponder everything and re-evaluate.

I believe this path led me to many great things. One, I did not turn out like my father when I very well could have, had I not changed my path. So I became much more likeable over time and that helped for a while, especially after graduation. But it was involvement with religion that began an even bigger wider examination of so much more. I wanted to know and understand human nature far more and handle people better and more effectively. I had a big fall out with the religion but my love for psychology grew and I embarked on an independent research of the Bible, rather than following others and their confining oppressive and flawed motivations. I did not want any restraints on where, what or how I got info. I would go wherever the evidence led.

After devouring Psychology Today magazines from 83 to early 90s, along with books, etc., I discovered Janov's "The Primal Scream" in 87 and it blew psychology wide open and turned it on its head. I then read Prisoners of Pain, and Imprints and read many Primal Institute Newsletters, often written by Art. I also learned far more about the Bible for myself and not depending on others for answers as I had done the 1st time. Never Again! I would talk with anyone but I would make all final decisions. I dove into science and found many interesting things there, too. Some rather disturbing, really. But enlightening, too!

I came to recognize conspiracies were everywhere in the mid 90s. As I went along and look back now, I see that at first the learning was slow, like baby steps or something. But as time went along and observations and evidence began to pile up, the insights became more and quicker and deeper. Soon, I could immediately recognize (notice the "cogni" in that word? As in cogni-tive?) all sorts of things from just a few pieces of information. Patterns became quite apparent and recognizable in rapid fashion.

The trick is to start and not stop. You make learning a life long habit. It never ends and never should. When you start out, you could never imagine how far you would end up but then suddenly, one day, it dawns on you how far you have come and you never would have believed it had you heard it at the start where you would be years later. Jesus likened it to planting the littlest of seeds and it growing into a great big tree.

A therapist can ask you questions and ask you to evaluate. But can't you do that, yourself? The toughest part is being willing to find fault with yourself and make changes. Some make changes far easier than others. Pt would make changes easier, if you had 10 years to spend doing it. 5 at the least! But changes can happen without Pt as well. I am living proof and many others are, too, through out the world. Now when I say changes, I mean changes in attitude, direction, etc. When Art says changes, he narrowly defines it as changes in the stem due to release of pain. No other changes matter or are acknowledged most of the time.

So why not decide today to start looking at who you are and what you want to be. And start to learn about the world and how it really works and not how TV tells you it works. TV lies. Hollywood lies. Politicians lie. Almost everyone lies. Trust yourself instead. And psychology is not the only pursuit, either. I find philosophy and rhetoric very interesting. Don't be afraid to challenge your mind and thinking abilities. It is only through use that you get better at it. Psychology came from Philosophy as far as I am concerned. Men pondered men long before Psychology came along.

And never be afraid to put up your ideas against those of others. Only 2 things can happen from that. You come out looking good or looking bad. If you come out looking bad, you can learn from it, make corrections, and not make the same mistake again. And if you look good, don't get too excited for it may only be that you had no good competition and are still wrong and awaiting the one who will show you, you are actually wrong. The important thing is to get at the truth, rather than be right.

Many see reasoning and arguments as something to win, whether right or wrong. But those of good motivation do not care about winning or beating someone at arguing and rhetoric. Those who debate or argue only to win, were known by Greeks as Sophists who employ Sophistry. Their basic premise was the it does not matter whether you are right or wrong, but only that you present your "side" better, argue it better and be more convincing. It became quite the rage in Greece at one point.

But there are serious errors in the premise of sophistry. While a person arguing the "right" point may not be well informed of his "side," and not skilled at persuasion, he is still right, even if he convinces no one of that. Any actions he takes based on that knowledge, will prosper, because it is based on reality, and not fantasy or sophistry. Sophistry is what we might call smoke and mirrors or BS and hot air, or grand illusions, provided his "side" is not the right one. But a sophist may be a skilled eloquent speaker and can handle reasoning with a lot of skill, so much so that he can twist facts and fool many in doing so. As well, sophists often use authority and status/celebrity to bolster their "side" of the argument. But sophistry has its limits.

If a person with the right correct accurate realistic information (the truth) comes along and can argue and reason adequately, he will likely beat a sophist every time. Why? Because truth has that solid core of sound reasoning and sound evidence and fact to support his arguments. A sophist might try to convince you that black is white or good is bad. But if you can distinguish between murder and respect for life, a sophist can not hope to win in saying bad is good on that subject. His tricks work on simple minds but not on informed and often used minds.

A "truth-ist" can kick the ass of a sophist, often another name for liar or deceiver, any time he wants. as I have said elsewhere in this article, there is no antidote for truth. It is the ultimate supreme weapon in any battle. Lies are helpless and useless against truth. Lies can only survive among the dumb. The dumb trust in relationships rather than reason. They care about social connections, not facts and evidence.

A con-man never tries to change the mind of a smart man. A con-man looks for those who already believe what he wants to convince them of. A ready made believer makes his job easy. All he has to do is offer what it is that they want or are willing to accept. Upon offering it to them, they accept. You don't sell them anything. They are already sold. You just need a product to satisfy them.

So I repeat, do not worry about winning. You might win the argument or think that you did, but you will not have gained anything and you may end up defending lies or illusions and those will not be any use to you in the long run unless you are also a sophist and con-man. Always go for truth and right. You will end up the winner every time doing that, even if you do not convince people who want to be lied to.

The ego does not like looking bad or being wrong. To hell with the ego. There is no real shame in being wrong or not knowing and in learning. It is nothing but good to learn, advance, and grow. If your ideas can not stand up to a challenge, then they must not be good ideas. There is no antidote for truth and let me tell you, liars everywhere know that! They fear truth! So they use power and "authority" to banish truth from being heard. As long as you got truth with you, no one can beat you in an argument. But, let me warn you. Authority does not like being exposed by truth and if you expose it, there is apt to be trouble. Trust me, I know that very well.

That said, start your own thinking today! And never stop!

The Irony of the Cortex
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I thought some things ought to be pointed out or contrasted for better understanding. The 1st level, the stem, being extremely fast in reaction time and with very powerful reactions to over-ride everything in emergencies and get actions instinctively without debate, also has other effects. My guess is that our most powerful drives come from this deep region. Art indicates that higher and weaker emotion come from the 2nd level system. Seems reasonable. But also, the stem controls all those involuntary "autopilot" functions such as breathing, heat beat, kidney function, pulse, blood pressure, our stomach muscles for digestion or when we need to vomit, and other such basics we need to live and function.

Deep feelings have another important benefit. They give us long term drive. We have various drives or appetites. Need to breath, thirst, hunger, sex, acceptance, intimacy, belonging, to succeed, to be recognized, just to name a few. But as well, some chores or tasks need a dedication that survives and continues to push us onward in the long term. From these can also come obsessive-compulsive drives. For instance, if we sense a dangerous enemy growing, developing, plotting, who does not live all that far from our group, city, or nation, and we know they are building militarily and have expressed plans for conquest, and mentioned our names, then it may be the decision of the city to begin their own building and expansion, and military development to meet, match, and overcome military threats near and obvious to us.

So we go to work to train and prepare for an eventual showdown. Now the problem with the brain is in trying to establish specific locations and tasks within the brain. Such a preparation as I describe will involve a lot of cortex intellectual work and planning. But if we do not really believe the threat, we will not be motivated. The stem must be a believer along with the intellect. The stem might feel for its family. It might fear enemies. And once two enemies meet, the stem will kick in and drive us into a fight that normally should scare the crap out of us.

We have 2 very urgent signals that can go off in the stem when facing a life threatening danger. We call it fight or flight. We run like hell with fear, or fight like hell for survival. But, fight is aggressive action with emotional content from the left half of the stem, I believe. The fear/flight would be action but might originate with an emotion on the right side of the stem. The left activates as we go into battle. As you might imagine, these sort of exaggerated impulses are needed to overcome a rational intellect and enable us to overcome inhibitions, both of the cortex/intellect, and quite likely, the right half of the stem overcome by the left side of the stem. Art might be missing this.

But the stem can bring many problems when its feelings leak or are so strong or touched off by similar present and related feelings and experience in our lives. If the urgency is great, the stem will win and have control since autopilot diverts to the stem normally. But if the intellect has made an assessment that is convincing and dictates that the bests interest of the person are in a direction not likely to be taken by the stem, the stem will have to evaluate in its own way. But if the stem as a whole, decides the intellect is right about this strategy and needs to take the course recommended by the intellect, then the stem will shut down pain or any interference at all, including fear, and allow the cortex to handle the matter without distraction, until the dire emergency has passed.

Some people panic in emergencies. These people do not have stems that have learned control and discipline. War is a common example where, in the face of defeat and certain or seemingly certain death, soldiers will turn and run, only guaranteeing that they will die and eliminating a chance to continue the fight bravely and possibly snatch victory from defeat. It has happened more than a few times. But those who learn to control their fear will hold it back to attempt to salvage their lives. Inside, it is actually the stem that learns to hold itself, possibly the right side being inhibited by the left. But whatever does on, it is going on in the stem, not the intellect.

The stem's feelings are really part of an intellectual function. Their control, restraint, and discipline are vital to survival on the long term. So they need to learn this discipline and know when to shut off pain or fear, or whatever and let other regions function adequately. This is why I suspect Arthur misses exactly who the mind works when he devised his 3 level system or regional systems. Most mental functions are broad and global, not local or regional. They are collective holistic operations. This is part of the Grand Unified Theory of Psychology. we have to get away from thinking in parts and chemicals and start using those old fashioned philosophical and religious concepts again. The brain/mind is far too complicated to reduce to simplicity of function in the microscopic scale. The mind is a macro-function.

Politicians and their "bribed" scientists are the ones who try to pull the wool over our eyes and convince us their mind numbing drugs are actually our salvation and that they can fix or correct us and only they know what is "fixed" or "broken" and that it is all based on "scientific fact." Art has tried to go so deep to find what he will never find. He is trying to avoid and resist the real solution. Watching brain regions light up does not tell as much as he thinks. Its too fast and too broad in there to know what is really going on.

Much of the classified science has actually sought to recognize global patterns in thought rather than pick at pieces. Why? Because there is too much going on, too fast, in too many places. But they come together to form broad global reactions, like a feeling of fear or elation. The bottom line is this. We are in charge of our own brains, and how we use them or ignore them will continually shape our brains, for better or worse. We can steer our minds in any direction we want. What goes on deep below does not even matter. What goes on in our conscious thinking minds is what counts. Do we reign fear and anger in, or let them run wild? Yes, great stem memory injuries (primal pain in the 1st level) can make it very difficult to function. Any physical injury can make it difficult to function. Difficult but not necessarily impossible. Only Art suggests it is impossible without primal therapy.

Here is the unusual aspect of it all. The intellect can offer some serious advantages with its long term careful analysis. But emergencies usually require immediate action or  . . . immediate suppression if the intellect (some time prior) has evaluated and decided that the action would actually be quite harmful, to even immediate concerns. If the entire brain concurs, then immediate suppression will result when the situation is encountered. The parts of the brain work together to accomplish the will or desire of the whole mind, although it is possible to be conflicted inside, creating a number of other difficulties, but normally, the mind seeks harmony and consensus..

But the intellect, in its studies and noticing careful little details, may conclude from other related studies, that there is a great danger when the books don't add up right. For instance, a leader might say, free trade is very good. But the intellect may begin its book-keeping and figure that cheaper goods from countries who pay far less in labor than we do, will be much cheaper than the products we make and will be the preferred products to buy by us, especially if people do not notice or care who is making the cheaper product. We buy brands and look for low prices. We do not bother to figure in where it was made and how much their labor costs are and how we will compete with that. The intellect runs the numbers and decides that in 10 to 20 years time, we will not sell anything ourselves, so we will not make anything and we will be broke and devastated, almost as surely as if someone dropped all kinds of bombs on us.

This is not an insight the stem could or would come up with. But the scenario is very potentially real and a serious possible threat of great proportions. Will the stem buy it? There could be a struggle. To admit that free trade could be a disaster, might force one to eventually conclude that their leaders lied to them and have sinister motives. As well, that cheap products are a very enticing temptation, especially if one is not making much money at the moment. So the intellect may give a correct analysis but the stem may decide to over-ride and command the intellect to stop analyzing such things and maybe even come up with a good reason to support free trade.

As we pick rules to live by and govern our lives, the intellect can be so helpful in so many ways. And it can alert us to so many dangers that might actually drastically cut short our lives, by trusting who we should not trust, by being where we should not be or when, eating what we should not eat, or many other things. Long term things are not intuitive and not easily or immediately beheld, though very real. The stem can find a hundred excuses to ignore the intellect. Not directly, of course!

Politicians and advertisers manipulate us by appealing to our base emotions and instincts, when Art would identify primarily as the stem or 1st level. They do not want us to think in a careful detailed analytical way. Detailed analytical ways might foil their whole scheme of deception. And people do not like to strain their brains, anyway. They want those simples, easy, effortless answers. So therefore, Candidate A is the preferred choice because he looks better and is more poised. Who cares what he proposes. I "feel" good about him.

The stem will command the intellect to look in other directions or create illusions, beliefs, and lies to put the whole mind to rest and in peace, at least in the short term, which is how the stem tends to work. It may just tell the intellect to shut down, shut up, and stay the hell out of the way. The stem may even block feelings from one side or the other of itself so it can gain control of the intellect. This is why I suggest that there is often a war within our core. Whether the intellect is freed to do the right thing, or corrupted to do the wrong thing, will depend upon the war between the sides of the stem. Arthur has been avoiding this recognition, says I!

So while the intellect may not disrupt physiological functions in the body, like the primal feelings of the stem, but ignoring or hindering the intellect can be just as devastating as major pain trauma injuries to the stem/core. One can leave residual feeling (the stem) but the other (the intellect) can leave us in darkness and ignorance, which can be equally harmful and dangerous to the whole mind and long term welfare of the person.

Arthur has, in my opinion, never even come close to this realization. He has been so busy and frantic running from this since the mid 90s, that he can not see anything or make any new progress in his understanding. Something has seriously and deeply disturbed and disrupted his inner mind, the core. That is how I see it. The intellect is so vital to our welfare and well-being. Together with the other parts of the brain, the 1st and 2nd levels, they had the potential to work together for a holistic, mutually beneficial result for the entire person.

But as Art sees it, the intellect is a frightening enemy that threatens to wipe out and block therapeutic access to the stem's feelings. He often sees the intellect as enemy number 1. My proposition is that it is never an enemy to anything but the stem, who may resist long term gains for short term comfort. this is the next focus. But more properly, in my view is, that it is not the stem, it is courage that is either enhanced or diminished by the intellect. Reworded, the intellect threatens if we have no courage, or empowers and protects if we do have courage. Courage can shape our view of the input coming from the intellect or whether we let anything come from the intellect. We need courage!

Conflicts of Short and Long Term
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Its been no secret for millennia that humans have some bad tendencies and I did discuss them some in the designs of the world. But I want to draw attention to the short term vs long term conflicts which often over-ride the intellect's long term views. I discussed how immediate, short term, and very obvious, if not short sighted, these reactions of the stem can be. In the Bible, it contrasts the desires and whims of the "flesh" vs those of the "spirit." It often identifies the figurative "heart" as being the source of motivations and seems to associate it, too, with the flesh. These are the ancient Hebrew ways of speaking about things we now refer to in psychological realms and scientific terms.

The heart, the inner core, which we can identify as the 1st level stem now, and somewhat less so the 2nd level, of more various emotions, is linked in the Bible with our motivations and says this core is full of deceits, treacheries, and all sorts of corruption. Why? Because it is easily induced to seek the strongest and most apparent things of desire, usually short term things. But these short term desires, such as an appealing sexual partner of no particular familiarity previous or intended after, either, which would be very enjoyable in the short term; these could be very devastating to our long term interests and benefits.

Reckless unintended breeding could be a result of causal unions and could leave the eventual child suffering extreme unfulfilled needs, if not abuse. The child could then go on to be criminal problems for society. But as is well documented, short term powerful desires such as sex, can really screw up our minds, actions, and welfare, not just of ourselves, but our family, nation/race, and species.

Another of those short term things is apparent laziness and desire for comfort. We do not like effort. Especially if we are already burdened with so many things sapping our energy and attention, which is usually the case. So we leave things to others and avoid any "unnecessary" efforts. This alone has caused most of the crisis facing the world today. As well, our desire for comfort may induce us to go along with others and not rock the boat or disturb our acceptance in the family, community, church, political party, or at work. We might only be thinking of our jobs or pay and not our long term political and financial welfare. We may not be aware that others (the minority elite) may be seeking our demise and enslavement, so we worry about the relatively mundane interests of short term comforts and advantages and not concern ourselves with the more obscure (but having big impact) long term interests.

Here is another dilemma of the intellect. It seems to require a fair amount of time and effort to develop it, partially because our parents failed us in giving us a lot to start with. But as well, deeper learning requires time to gather much info and much practice at using our thinking skills. And the benefits will not be immediate, either. Not only is the understanding a long term one, but experiencing the benefits is also a long term wait, so one must be patient, and further, one must have "faith or belief" that the intellectual knowledge and skills will produce wonderful benefits. The Bible stresses all those long term benefits of the intellect, which it associates with the "spirit." The spirit aspires! It rises above the "flesh" and seeks things beyond the flesh and above the flesh/heart/core/stem/1st level. The Bible emphasizes the great benefits of "minding the spirit."

Whether you accept the Bible or not, the same contrast seems to exist between modern day analysis and Bible writings. The long term vs the short term. And we are attracted to the short term quite easily. Thing is, modern day "secret" psychology has been carefully developed to exploit these weaknesses and natural tendencies. When I say secret, I mean that they do not openly discuss what they know or how or what they apply it to, but they use it in commercial advertising all the time. They aim for your feelings, your "heart." They seek to elicit an emotional response and connection that resonates with your core and stem. Because they know these are your most likely and strongest responses and that they get the best results for their advertising dollar.

The whole world is designed to offer you lots of distractions and pleasures to occupy your time so thinking and learning will not occupy your time. Further, they took you away from your parents, your natural teachers, and placed you in schools designed to limit learning and information, essentially depriving you of education, while claiming that their goal and purpose is to teach and educate you. They are lying. You are over-worked and under paid so that much of your time will be spent working long hours and getting no where. They will make you pay high prices so the money you do get does not do much.

In every way they can, they make life difficult for you so that you have no time or energy to give to anything but getting up and going to work and coming home and going to bed. Your spouse suffers, your kids suffer, you suffer, the world suffers. We have all made many choices that either help us get more time or waste more time. What we have to do is re-examine all our choices and re-choose what is in our best interest. We have to make as much time for thinking as we possibly can.

This thinking and developing of our intellect is the most important thing we can do because our feelings and 1st level often work against us. Further, though Art suggests that pain interferes with the intellect, I say it does not have to in many cases, at least a 51 percent majority of the world and maybe 75% for all I know. Maybe even more. Who is to say? But Art focuses so intently on the release of painful memories that he has neglected the most important thing, the intellect, and understanding the world and our long term interests. In fact, he says the intellect is a hindrance to "healing." I would suggest that Arthur is a hindrance to healing now. He may now be more of a hindrance to the theory of Primal Pain than a help. There is a Grand Unified Theory of Psychology awaiting and Art is holding that back, even though he says he seeks it. He is missing entirely half the theory.

I would suggest that if you read his early books and material, you'll find a much different attitude than you would since the mid 90s. An about face change toward religion for one. Religion even seemed to get some respect at first. Not any more. That is my impression.

But what we need to appreciate is how very important the function of the intellect is, and yet why there is so much against it. Even if you do not accept that there are spirit forces who oppose humans, there certainly are a group of forces, a small population of Elite, who have gained control of ever greater numbers, from local tribes long ago, to many tribes and villages, to now the whole world, and operate against our interests and in favor of their own selfish interests. They place every obstacle they can against our thinking.

They have even sought, in my opinion, to limit health and attack health and health options so that they may limit and substantially reduce our life spans so that we have much less time to pursue thinking and learning. So we need to escalate this propaganda and knowledge war to the next level, and begin a serious development of our intellects and understanding of how the world really and truly works. Our lives and welfare hang in the balance.

Hunches & Intuition
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Part of the process of thinking and science deduction often comes from suspicions, hunches and so called intuition. The intellect and cortex sit at the top and receive everything from below or from the right side, it would appear, from Janov's work. He states that there are lots of circuits that run from the stem to the cortex but hardly any from the cortex to the stem. It has always been my assertion that the stem ran the show, so to speak. Art also speaks of the right side of the brain supplying the feelings of below. But I know that the right side is also involved in larger patterns and what we might call leaps in recognition and understanding.

I can not pretend to fully understand it all as to the details. I do not think Arthur can, either. But there does seem to be more than one way of "knowing." The right hemisphere does have a say but it often speaks in strange ways. As well, we can not discount or ignore the stem and limbic system. Together, these various systems have their own "understanding" and can share these with the top, the neocortex, the intellect. It receives signals from all over. These seemingly small voices in us have things to say that we need to hear. I think this is largely what is know as intuition, where hunches come from.

Now this is obviously a place where things can go easily wrong, as well. Do we listen to the feeling or impulse we are receiving? Is it rational or trustworthy? How do we separate the sane from the insane or over-reaction and irrational ideas? Boy, am I glad you asked that! Art has never made any distinctions about how we can evaluate signals but they can be evaluated.

The intellect has the ability and means to take hunches and feelings and analyze them. They can be put on trial in the mind. Hunches account for many scientific discoveries. Our intuition can be a great help. But again, it can mess us up, too, if something has got it disturbed. But the analytical intellect can evaluate and weigh hunches and feelings to see if some logic might be contained in them. Or it might decide an experiment or investigation needs to be launched to determine if it might be worth looking into a hunch.

And example. Someone might say, I think there is a conspiracy going on in our town. We got plenty of taxes coming in and yet are short of money and those in charge seem to have extra cash. It might be. It might also be that we are struggling and jealous of so and so who does work in a position of influence in the town and is not struggling as we are. So what do we do to solve this problem? We might ask to see the books. We might learn more about what we take in for tax money what we have for costs. Maybe there are costs we do not know about. Maybe councilor so and so also received some financial help from a relative we know nothing about. Or maybe he has an investment that paid off. Or maybe he just manages his money better.

But it is possible to get enough details to make it either likely or unlikely that "something is rotten in Denmark." If the investigation seems to favor suspicion and possible fraud, we might look for more exact figures. We might asked about certain purchases. Were they the cheapest bids? Was it put up for bid? What is the common price for such things? If we get evasive answers and what seems to be reluctance to account for themselves, it might merit further investigation. But if all the expenditures seem to add up and be fair, then maybe its time to drop it unless more evidence to the contrary comes in.

Feelings and instinct are often what is beneath or behind hunches and intuition. Art says this can not be. I beg to differ. While the main force of a feeing trauma may be walled off and kept buried, it still can relay a certain amount of feeling info and help guide us and our thinking and direction of thinking. Our feelings are still there in some measure to serve us. Art says its all or nothing. Art is out to lunch. Its many shades of gray. Feelings are walled off for a reason. I get those in time here.

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The saying is, "the devil is in the details" and that is how it is with logic vs hunches. Details present a much different picture than broad general relaxed observations, suspicions, or hunches. In fact, details can often be what we might call counter-intuitive. Sir Isaac Newton used precise measurements and calculations to arrive at understandings. These often were things that could not be discerned with common vision. An example was the nature of light. Newton held a prism under light and it split up into colors. Were all those colors there in the white light or what was happening?

Newton reasoned that if they all came from the white light, then maybe he could put them back together and get white again. But he could not get them to go back together. So why did some things look red, and others green, or whatever? He reasoned that some things must absorb all but special ranges of color or very selective color. He devised tests to verify or deny these things. I noticed how sun light would hit a red blanket and reflect red off the white wall. It would hit the green sofa and reflect green off the white wall. Newton correctly deduced the nature of light with his experiments, using certain instruments such as the prism. He noticed that once red light was isolated, it remained red light. Same for all colors.

Experiments do not always lead in obvious ways or expectations. They often have bizarre conclusions. "Sherlock Homes" put it this way. "When we remove the impossible, whatever is left, however improbable, is the truth." This amounts to following small individual pieces of evidence and making them harmonize or eliminate impossibilities. But with this strange scientific method, one has to carefully follow the evidence and not stray off the path of logic. And one has to trust the results, however baffling they might be. Our senses may not detect or discern these conclusions, apart from the use of instruments and the logical directions they point us in.

It is as if we leave our eyes behind and put all our faith and trust in our instruments and our reasoning and deduction. It is scary to do so, since our instinct, our stem, puts a lot of faith and trust in our vision and hearing. It does not like math and instruments. But careful logic and reason can and do reveal amazing principles of science and also expose bad science, too. This is a process that works pretty good in law enforcement investigation. Errors in investigation result when they stray from the instruments and logic. Lawyers will often expose credibility gaps on certain ideas.

But the problem with following the trail of evidence and logic is that the conclusions are often of the sort we do not like. So do we deny the process as valid? Or do we trust the process? Can we accept the conclusions as trustworthy? It takes a very strong mind to dare to follow the evidence to wherever it may lead for it may lead to the very conclusion we desperately want to avoid. That is why courage is so absolutely essential in finding answers.

So with the use of careful logic, we can get a pretty good idea of whether there is any merit to a supposed conspiracy, or a scientific possibility, or many other things. But trusting a sense and order of reason is often vital when we get to places where ordinary observation no longer serve us such as in book-keeping where it is details, not general observations, that indicate or refute accusations.

So vital are instruments in science, that often, scientists will wonder if an instrument is working right. Instruments can malfunction or not be designed right, but more commonly, scientists are baffled by the counter-intuitive results the instruments reveal. Precise detailed measurements beyond the observation of the plain eye absolutely depend upon careful logic. And if the instrument is indeed working, then the surprising and often counter-intuitive result/conclusion will have to be accepted.

This is scary for many in fields of research where politics is more important than truth. And no better example of that exists than in psychology and psychiatry. Even in climate science, truthful evidence is often sorely lacking. It takes a very brave person to examine details not apparent to the general public through the media and come to a conclusion that seems to contradict the orthodox prevailing opinion published everywhere. But that such situations exist could also be indications of a conspiracy of some sort. Do we dare follow paths of detailed evidence?

I will repeat the overall premise. We can absolutely determine if a hunch or intuition is reasonable and worth looking further into, or worthy of rejection. Logic and evidence will be key factors in determining and separating the irrational and insane from the possible and reasonable.

Arthur has never wanted to admit or acknowledge this. He seems to me, to fear admitting that there is a method that anyone can use, whether they have had Primal Therapy or not, to separate irrational from reasonable. Why fear something that can resolve things? I can not explain the apparent fear I detect. Art should be happy since what I suggest is part of the scientific method and process. Has he turned his back on verifiable science? Has he resorted to "authoritarianism" to promote and defend his ideas. Authority is not a reason!

I also bring this up because Art is great for suggesting that all belief in religion and in particular in God, is irrational and "unscientific" or lacking in sound reasoning. So that anyone who believes in God or goes in that direction, is said to be making a mistake and will be redirected away from such conclusions by Art, says I. I hope I am wrong, but that is my suspicion.

Art will supply some convoluted reasoning based on primal pain reactions to justify and support his assertions. I will show you specific examples. He loves to accuse patients or the readers and posters at his blog, perhaps without applying what he says to an individual, but employing what I would say, and I am not alone, subtle ad-hominem attacks on those who say a belief in God can be reasonable and is not easily in reach by general observation, but only by very detailed and extensive review of the vast amount of evidence.

If you believe in God, you are a mad man. Fact! That is, if you believe Arthur. But his explanations also avoid any rebuttal to the contrary, which in courts and law is a no no. But Arthur is not crazy about free speech and fairness, from what I can tell. So we will examine that more to see if my assertions can be backed with good evidence. But it is the understanding of the value and critical importance of logic and reason that will enable truth to settle this matter of dispute.

If you can not answer the logic, or refute the logic, then you should be concerned. Very concerned!

And just for information sake, I find the one thing people hate more than any other, is the idea of a singular all-powerful benevolent God who insists on obedience to His rules and ways. Few people can think of anything more repulsive. But I urge caution because it is the fact we hate it so much that might make us reject it when good sound logic and reason might demand we accept it. The purity and sincerity of our searches will determine the quality of the results. Purity and sincerity help enable courage.

Contamination & Transference
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Arthur has often had lots of fault to find with mainstream psychology when it comes to transference issues. Art suggests that it happens often. I absolutely agree. Problem is, I don't know if you can even really avoid it. Is it always wrong? Are we not vulnerable to our parents the minute we are born? Can they not cause us serious harm? They can and they often do, and there is nothing we can do about it, unless it crosses serious boundaries such as sex or physical violence. But great amounts of damage can be done without a single law being broken. Abuse is often not intended and most people are damaged before becoming parents.

Since we continue to hunger for the parents we never had, that is, good parents that we love and that love us right, we are bound to find attraction to people who seem to be like the parents we would have wanted. We are bound to like them and feel very close to them. I say that is natural not something to condemn out of hand. But obviously, anyone who is "accepted" as a good parent in their role as a therapist, clergyman, teacher, or whatever, can do a lot of  harm and abuse their advantage, even as many natural parents do.

But like it or not, transference will always be there, often where it can not be touched by law. As I argued earlier, transference and human warmth are probably essential for the healing process, or getting the "patient" to let down defenses and resistance and open up to possibilities. We all need a certain amount of human warmth. It used to be, that most people that a person would turn to before industrialization wiped out communities, were friends, clergyman, leaders in the community, a trusted relative or some other close relation where we lived. Very few existed in total isolation whereas today, it is common to be alone among a crowd.

But I do believe that potential patients should not go into a professional relationship with total trust and obedience. You still need to think critically and question things. But human nature likes to let down its guard and just accept and trust, for it is easy to do that and people who are stressed or hurt have little enough "energy" to spare for effort. So it is not realistic, though very beneficial, to ask people lost and in pain to being thinking right or acting right.

So the responsibility becomes ever greater for the one accepting the role as helper, guide, and therapist, and ultimately, even a substitute parent. Fact, says I! But now what if the therapist had prejudices (as all parents have)? Well, then those will be passed on to the "kids" (patients). We may not be aware of the prejudices and hangups of the therapist, but each therapist is bound to have some of those, hopefully not too serious. But whatever they have, they risk contaminating the process of intervention, counseling, and guidance, do they not? And if by chance, the contamination was serious, the damage could also be serious. If you are guided in the wrong direction, that could certainly be problematic.

What if you went to an investment broker and were going to invest your life savings in whatever ways he suggested? Can you say Bernie Madoff? Obviously, many lost everything they had. They trusted and let others think for them. Some have joined religions doing that. I know. I did it once. Oddly, I learned from it. But many I knew who also left, did not learn a thing from it. They did not trust that particular religion anymore, but they tried other religions and they still trusted "science" and "politics" and the "media." They were still very trusting in general and I thought that was rather stupid.

Most are terrified to trust themselves and rely on their own abilities. This is their greatest weakness. They can not stand on their own two feet and they will get tricked and hurt again. I guarantee it. They have not learned that you must be able to think and reason for yourself and not rely on and trust others, uncritically. Am I to blame if they will not listen to good sense and reason? I think not! If they get burned again, and they had a chance to learn and did not bother, is it my fault? It is not. They bare the responsibility for their own welfare.

This is our biggest lesson in life. We can not blame other or expect great things from others. If we want it, we must go get it ourselves. We are now adults and can no longer blame others for our deficiencies. We own them after age 18 or 20. The Bible says 20! We need to accept personal responsibility for our own lives, choices, and consequences. We can not blame therapists or anyone else. We should not be giving them blind obedience. Art implies he is fully responsible for the choices patients make and so he must protect them from bad practitioners. But he treats patients as if they were kids not responsible for their own welfare and choices.

It concerns me that he assumes so much control over them. They naturally defer to him as daddy and therapist. I would find it very difficult to believe that he was not aware of this. So he places them all under his guard and protection, it seems to me. But if he has done so, then he will deserve critical inspection and be held accountable. Myself, I would make it clear to patients that while I would accept their feelings for me, I do not condone them nor would I think it in their best interest to accept what I say without question. Nor would I try to control all the information they were exposed to nor censor critical analysis of my practices or beliefs.

Art, from my perspective, seems to have placed himself in serious control. God would hold him responsible for that. If he has a serious grudge against God or belief in God, he is likely to pass that on to his "kids." As long as he makes this quite known, he does nothing wrong. But if he publicly states that he has no problem with a belief in God and then tries to steer people away from any belief in God, then he does commit what I would call deceit. He is influencing without starting what he is doing. He is introducing contamination into the therapeutic process.

Now maybe God is a silly idea to some. I have no problem with that. I do not ask that anyone believe as I do. I do ask for free speech to express my ideas. In fact, I do not bring up God as a whole, outside of this site. Yet I notice Art always picking on beliefs in "unseen" forces, as if none of any type existed, when everyone knows there are spy agencies all over the world from every nation. These are unseen or unknown activities but they certainly do exist, even if we do not know what they are doing or why. Does Art have a grudge? It sure looks like it to me. Will it contaminate the process of therapy? I think it could. It is not an objective practice to me. He is making decisions for other people instead of letting them make their own choices, which they should be doing, anyway.

But I do not ask any to accept this just because I have suggested its possibility here. I fully intend to offer evidence to back what I suggest right here in this article. I will show what I see as failures in understanding psychology and therapy in his theories. I will show what I suspect are significant grudges as well. You can judge as you see fit, which is how it should be. If you want to blind yourself to dear daddy's short-comings, be my guest. I am not to blame for that. But you should be aware of any possible dangers so that you can not say you did not know or did not have a chance to know.

When I was misled by a Christian denomination, I would have appreciated a good 2nd opinion and had none for 7 years. I experienced some deep hurt that I would have preferred to avoid. I was grateful for the help when it finally arrived, but I wish it had been around earlier. So now that I am far more knowledgeable and experienced than when I was young at 20. I speak to warn others of potential weaknesses and vulnerabilities that can cause great harm and pain. Maybe I can help a few avoid some pain and loss.

And I throw in this one more crazy point. Just by chance, if there is a God who is up to something even as we speak, let not anyone think they are beyond His reach and judgment. If they are in His way and insincere, He may just laugh. But He also could take offense and even decide to do something to correct it. I have long believed in and supported Primal Theory. But I can no longer see the practice of it as being without possible danger and error. So I speak to inform and let you make your decision one way or the other.

Another Possibility
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Lets call it a hunch! God does exist and His engineering of pain had a purpose. For one, because a person's stem exists long before the formation of the intellect, storing memories of that stem for later review and feeling by the intellect would benefit the person. They might better handle their own kids in the womb and at birth and after. But as well, God never intended for undue pain in His human creations. The pain came about by disobedience of His human creations, and they were rejected to some degree from normal communication access, due to the challenges of the resistor known to many as the devil. But stored pain can be retrieved and learned from. God can heal all things. We can not heal anything. The world is a mess and needs fixing bad. Either there is a God, or we only have certain destruction of our species awaiting us as pain builds and gets ever greater and more prevalent.

So we try our best to get along. But we need to learn some valuable lessons if we are going to be of any used to God and ourselves in the future. We are born into the world for a short time to make as much sense of it all as we can. If we apply ourselves, we may be useful to God to start over with, after the issues and dispute He has with His challengers are settled, which is not far from completion now. Therefore, the issue of God is not so silly. Its either that or accept what the logical process leaves us with, a single and exclusive outcome, which is extinction of our species.

As well, I would suggest that there are malevolent forces in unseen existence who are making the world a mess to make it as difficult for us as possible to make sense of anything. That said, despite the very difficult circumstances, we are not without chance and opportunity. Its just that it will require great effort but it also comes with great reward. We can make it, despite primal pain. The intellect is that way out, the solution and help we need. A gift from God or if you prefer, from evolution, but a gift, nonetheless. It is your only hope, not Arthur Janov and the Primal Center. The measure of a man or a species is not what he can do when things are easy, but what he does when his back is to the wall and everything is against him. Learn to think or get swept away by the tsunami of life. And that message is a big contrast from Arthur's.

Arthur is all caught up in what we are all feeling inside. And the turmoil of internal psychological pain is not easy to bear or carry. But we must learn to be functional and combat the forces against us and our humanity and compassion. We can make excuses or we can make changes. I do not say to ignore the inside pain. But I do say, do not neglect what is going on outside all around you, either. Give some time and attention to both. We need to find some inner peace and serenity, for sure. But we need to recognize that forces outside create much of the pain that we feel internally. Get rid of those forces OR (my preferred way) find ways to cope with those forces or you will be slave to those forces and be swept away by their current.

Getting back to Arthur, I think his greatest mistake may be in his focus on parts and levels of the brain and not the more broad un-centralized operation of the conscience, empathetic function, courage, ego, and intellect. To him, the intellect is of no significance and we make no progress because of stem pain, and that stem pain must be eradicated before we can think. All errors.

My suggestion is that what is called transference is really our need to fit in with our family, tribe, community. To belong, be accepted, and to accept others in return. That we develop various levels of connection with others, with some being mentors and others being learners from us. Some nurturing us and us also nurturing others.

Opposing Forces Again!

Within us all are the opposing forces of independence and adapting to our peers. We can not be completely independent unless in unusual circumstances and likewise, we can not be totally at the mercy of our peers to the complete neglect of any independence, unless in special circumstances such as a war that is essential, if there are any of those anymore.

We need to fit in with our peers to some degree in mutual dependence of  living and thought, while maintaining some measure of independence of survival and of thought. the key word is balance. If our peers have gone mad, independence or escape may be our only resort. If we have gone mad, they may have to take away our independence.

In a world gone mad, it may desperately need a sane voice of reason and independence, even though such will be rejected. Maybe we can wake up before it is too late or maybe it will be too late and we will not listen anymore. History will have the last say on that. But psychological healing will involve a healing or re-balance of dependence and independence. Our relationship with other human beings needs repaired. We as a collective whole group also need repaired and healed. It is not just our own healing involved. We are not isolated individuals as Art treats his patients. It is much more than that.

And it is not just gaining our buried feelings that is needed. We need to fix our thinking, too. Art does not do this at all.

Time for Some Philosophy
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Part of the problem between Janov and my ideas is philosophy. In fact, Janov fights much philosophy internally, I suspect. So lets look at some aspects of philosophy, our outlook, perception  or perspective, really. We live and we die. Evolution would suggest to me that life has no purpose or meaning except what we might choose to give it. But even if we give it any, does it really matter? I am basically going to repeat much of the essence of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Bible. Lets say I believe we should try to make a better world while we are in it. Fine! But what if no one wants to join me in that? Then I might give myself satisfaction in what I do, but I will likely make no real difference in the world and when I die, I will be forgotten.

The bottom line is that life seems to go on and we are forgotten soon after we die. Life does not hold a lot of meaning. This may not be pleasant to admit, but it is the bitter honest truth. But I do believe it is part of our nature to hate vanity and meaninglessness. We hate to do something for nothing. If we spend our labor on something, we want it to last, to have some meaning and purpose. But every major empire that has ever been, has also disappeared in time. Power cycles from one nation to another.

Inevitable Death makes all meaning nearly pointless. Struggle also makes one question whether anything is worth the effort and struggle. If death is the only outcome, I fail to appreciate effort or struggle. Avoid the most pain and futility until you die and enjoy life, if you can, till then. Life is pointless unless there is chance or opportunity for unending life. Unending life suddenly gives life meaning, for if we can go on forever, then there is at least the possibility that we can create something that will last and that we can take pride in and enjoy. Our efforts will not be for nothing.

That might be a nice wish, but it, too, is pointless, unless there truly is an all powerful god who gave our species life in the 1st place. He had a point and purpose in creating us and will accomplish that purpose. But if there is no God, then life is essentially pointless and futile. What follows?

Here is where my argument, that the stem controls the intellect, comes into play. If we look at life with logic and reason, why, we all might be tempted to end it all, since life is nothing but suffering and struggle and then we die, anyway. What keeps us going? An inborn drive, a very powerful one, to keep going, to keep hoping, to keep struggling. It is very strong and only a strong mind might overcome it or one that has given up on hope and lost any desire to struggle.

Was it evolution that gave us this powerful drive to live, which animals also seem to have? Was it just an accident? Or are we just plain irrational to stay alive when there is no purpose? The answer is by no means certain. But if evolution is correct, could it is also be self-corrective? Maybe suicide is not the wrong thing, after all. Reason might well suggest that. But our deep stem impulse is to live and struggle. We could not continue to live without it. It is a vital instinct or none of us would likely be here. But If there is a God and He does have a purpose to finally resolve that which makes life such a drag, then He might have given us that impulse to keep us living and trying to figure it all out.

I might also add, that our enslavers fear our losing hope. Why? When Columbus came to the shores not far off from North America, he eventually tried to enslave the Arawak Indians. But the Arawaks were no ordinary people. They were proud and they could not bear what they considered the horrible existence their enslavers were making for them. Rather than exist, essentially for nothing or for someone else's interest and not their own, most of them killed themselves. Mass suicide, much like the Jews of Masada, when faced with Roman enslavement with some likely executions, as well. I have always admired the Arawaks for their brave and possibly even somewhat sensible choice. With their freedom and way of life gone, they saw little point in living anymore.

This is not much different than the saying put forth by some of our supposed heros, such as Patrick Henry, who is said to have uttered: "Give me Liberty, or give me death." New Hampshire's slogan on their license plates is, "Live free or die!" But the Arawaks did not just say it! They did it! They meant it! Some early Christians women, when faced with being forced to work in brothels because of their faith, chose death, instead. When German women were faced with the prospect of mass rape by the incoming Soviet armies at the end of WWII, some chose death to repeated rapes. Such attitudes are not as uncommon as we might think. It is more that we exist uninformed or maybe even prefer not to know. Those who enslave us do not want us to know, either.

They fear that if we were to actually use our heads and ponder life to its fullest, and used our intellect more than our instinctive feelings driven on by an overwhelming sense of survival, that we might very well start to consider ending our lives. Now let me make it clear, I do not advocate suicide. But then again, I see an end to pain an struggle due to intervention by God. If I did not really believe this option, I might very well choose as the Arawaks did. USA and world propagandists have never been very good at reconciling "Live free or die" with being chained to a factory job where we seldom have time for anything else, like our wives and kids.

They want us to die, if it suits them as it does in their wars. This is what they as useful productive dying. But if we die and rob them of our labor, that is a very bad outcome for them, even as it was for Columbus. When the Arawaks died, the Spaniards ended up having to import Africans to the Caribbean to be slaves. Africans were not as willing to end it all, though even there, a few did take that option, but not in great masses as was the case with the Arawaks.

So if the great USA teaching of evolution is so, then maybe we all ought to respond to the call of the Arawaks, eh? But I recommend waiting on God, and finding out what He expects of us and go along with that since He shows far more compassion in His laws for us than our own current brutal task masters. OK, I probably already have you all terrified of such morbid possibilities, so lets move on to Arthur's brilliant analysis.

Now Janov would quickly respond, that hope is what causes us to believe in Gods and saviors, and being rescued, and salvation, resurrection, and all that jazz. Why, no logic or solid reasoning could possibly support such ideas. Of course not ;-) Why, death would be preferably to some, rather obedience to God! OK, Pain and need are possible suspects for these beliefs. But what Art does not mention or address is that it is not the only possibility that exists for believing in God. Good sound logic and reason could also give us reason for believing in God, if indeed, it seems difficult to explain our existence apart from ability and desire on the part of an intelligent powerful force to create us, with a plan in mind, no less. But who wants to explore that when it seems so bitterly objectionable to most people?

Evolution could be a great escape to that detestable God conclusion. Indeed, many primal fears could lead us to embrace evolution as well. So when using primal pain as the excuse and explanation for whatever it is we choose to believe, a fair and just person would have to admit that "pain" could make us embrace evolution as easy as God. Art has yet to get around to admitting this. He seems to be avoiding a well rounded discussion of "God" topics. But if you choose evolution, you also face the danger of a pointless meaningless existence which might also threaten our lives and continued will to live.

Art admits that fear for our lives, an often automatic reaction and a very strong one, too; will cause us to create reasons to live, even if those are irrational. So he can blame religion as irrational, but irrationality is no less present in the face of evolution. We must come up with some pretty twisted logic in order to put up with misery in order to live. The solution? Don't think about it! Run. Ignore those thoughts! Hide! Deny! Arthur is in incredible denial and can not admit it.

I'm being unfair, you say? Listen, one can not bring up God but where Art will shoot it down as irrational and delusional. That is pretty insulting and mean. So I am not any more unreasonable (or any less, either) to suggest that that Art-ful dodger of reasoning, Arthur Janov, is just as irrational and unreasonable as any man alive, despite his many years of being a patient of Primal Therapy as well as a doctor of it. His automatic dismissal of God without a meaningful discussion is not science, philosophy, or even reasoning. It avoids reasoning. It has every appearance of fear and running.

This is why I fault the good doctor. Because in too many of his assertions, there is lacking any real discussion or reason. Absence of discussion or reason is not evidence of a rational scientific mind. It is often the tactic of a lunatic. Just saying. As well, some assume or imply authority when they say something without support of reason. But I do not accept authority alone, as a reason or support for something. So now if AJ wants to come out from behind that curtain and start venturing into philosophy and reason, I will jump for joy. But it he continues to insult and assert that any consideration of God or UFOs or whatever is irrational and driven by primal pain alone and nothing else, then I a forced to rip that damn halo off his head, strip him bare in public and expose his complete and utter lack of real reason carried out to sufficiently cover a subject with dignity and credibility and not blind irrational insults, his seemingly preferred tactic in my eyes. He's no daddy to me!

How do we solve this dilemma? By examining the reasons why we believe one or the other. It is examining our logic and reason, or lack of those, that would reveal why we believe whatever it is we believe. Arthur avoids those and simply resorts to blaming primal pain for whatever it is he does not like or does object to. This is an automatic knee-jerk reaction that is void of thought, reason, or objectiveness. No evidence of a fair trial or a trial at all. It is a subtle but very real Ad Hominem attack-insinuation response! Just wanted to set the record straight!

You mean we can go through Pt and still have fears and prejudices? Oh yes, the evidence is clear. We can possess these no matter how much "primaling" we have done and primal pain we have eradicated. We are never immune to faulty conclusions. Fear is always present in the present. You like that one? Arthur has missed importance of courage and where it comes from. It comes from the stem. Think about this! What could cause us to react with fear, great powerful fear? Is that not instinct which resides in the stem? And what could act so fast as to stop the intellect before it ever got started? The stem, maybe?

Courage and Connections
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Here is the problem. The stem makes associations with the thoughts of the intellect and emotions of the 2nd level. Each level has their own way of knowing and reacting. Feelings really are another way of storing "knowledge." Really, emotions are a form of knowledge and data, encoded as "feeling." Not the same knowledge as the intellect uses, but a knowledge, all the same. We might call it a feeling knowledge or even an associative knowledge or association with other types of knowing. We have feelings which are memories. All these sources of "knowledge" and information are linked together.

So with time and experience, certain types of feelings get hooked up with certain kinds of intellectual knowledge. They can even get hooked up with directions or types of knowledge and inquiry. Only the quick and powerful stem can act fast enough and strong enough to sabotage or stop certain knowledge or pursuit of knowledge that goes in a direction the stem does not like and has quick instinctive gates that can shut down the intellect immediately.

We can easily see and witness this all the time. For it is a well observed human tendency to ignore the obvious and run from it. We see drunks and druggies run from things. We see those locked in certain obsessive pursuits, oblivious to its vanity or danger. Irrational thinking and behavior is everywhere to be seen. Quick fast easy dismissals of things that deserve so much more attention! What seems to shut our intellects down and so fast and solid? What part of the brain is it that contains obsessive compulsive behavior? The Stem! And Art knows it, too! I believe it is these observations that show why it has to be the stem that sabotages the intellect and not the intellect, itself, like Art asserts in a panic and immediately only considers what pain might be driving it, while ignoring any possible reason as being legitimate and possible.

It is also possible that pain does help share in the drive of decision and behavior, but along with some good reason, too. Reason and pain do not always have to be against each other. Sometimes they both work in the same direction, for the same cause. Art has never addressed this possibility, either! Why? He does not like possibilities. He seems, to me, to like cut and dried choices that only allow for one direction for all things. He likes cut and dried, black and white answers. They are safe for him. If I am wrong, then I should see  him admit the other possibilities I have raised in this article. So far, he has not! He is a broken record. Same thing over and over again.

His message was new, fresh, and more open minded, too, in the 1970s. His book, "Prisoners of Pain" was good but just more of the same. "Imprints" was long overdue when it came out. And then, after that, Arthur got locked into a rut. I thought (still do) that "The Biology of Love" was a really good book with a good focus and was called for. But most of his book in the 90s were repetitive junk that no longer seemed as open minded and reasonable. It was like he had an obsession or an axe to grind. Primal Theory and Therapy needs a new voice and crusader. Its not likely to get one, though.

For one, Art is still around and because he was the first to discover primal pain, many see him as the only credible authentic "brand name" qualified to promote or interpret the divine law of primal therapy. Imagine of Sigmund Freud had been stuck as the only source of modern psychology. We would have gotten no where. Others came along and took it further, till one day Arthur made his discovery. But it should not stop with him, either. But his fans and followers maintain him as their god exclusively. They dare not question the great and powerful Oz, for Arthur does speak forcefully, assertively, dogmatically, unbendingly, and allows no peer. Only he, as the pope and vicar of primal theory and practice, the only one who can interpret the divine law of primal therapy and the only one practicing primal therapy correctly and the only one you should go to, to get primal therapy; keeps his devotees and customers loyal to his brand name merchandise. As a marketer, he has been very effective.

As well, his competition has been silent and questionable. No books forthcoming, no research made or published. This has aided Arthur greatly in his claim to sole possession and authority of Primal Therapy. Arthur claims many patients have been harmed by inadequate practitioners of "his" therapy. Yes, he owns it, supposedly or would like to, I suspect. Have they been harmed or were they just screwed up to begin with, and now even more hopeless? I don't know. Has Arthur fixed them all or claimed they were now broken? I do not have enough evidence to say. I got my suspicions, only.

But it is my assertion that Primal Theory & Therapy are wonderful discoveries but also very threatening to the "establishment." Extremely so! So they manage what appears to be a complete black out of anything related to anything "Primal." So between all the enemies and poor competition, as well as Arthur's own flawed personality, in my estimation, Primal Therapy has suffered tremendous setbacks and resistance. We can only wonder what its future will hold. But my belief is that if it is to grow, it needs to sever its umbilical cord with its founder, and move on. Arthur is far too loyal to many mainstream establishment habits and politically correct doctrines. Outside of Primal Therapy, Janov is nearly indistinguishable from the rest of the academics. Political connections and attachments have no genuine place in any new radical theories, especially ones that threaten the establishment and status quo.

The USA broke free of England and Pt must brake free of any connections as well. Those connections are designed to control and hinder, not aid and advance. Arthur gave birth to a great thing. But now PT must grow up and become a separate and fully mature adult standing on its own, free of controls and boundaries.

What I would like to see

I would like to see primal fans become not only advocates, but also researchers and more outright promoters. Promotion of Pt and PT is really promoting compassion and a way of life, practically a religion, which is a way of life. Embrace it for what it is. Stop fighting it. If followers of PT were to contact any who claimed to practice Pt and find out what they do, and share it with other followers do that a collective body of knowledge could be gathered. We need to examine what works and what does not.

More importantly, we need to hear from former patients. We need to know as much as possible from them. What they liked, did not like, felt, etc. We need to now what was effective or not. Did Pt help? Not help? Why does the patient say about why? We can learn from patients best. They are who we are trying to help for in helping them, we can help ourselves and the cause, too.

I have found Arthur's former Primal Institute still run by his former 1st wife, Vivian, to be very secretive and unwilling to communicate. Too many who claim to practice Pt have the same problem. Patients will be much more helpful. But with a common place for Pt followers to contribute what they have found, so that all can process all the info to see what comes up among the different minds, some possible advances may be discovered. How can we help lay people to help each other. That Pt remains a "profession" rather than a religion or way of life, is part of the problem.

We need to be able to help each other and not have Pt be costly. We need or join with other groups like "Attachment Parenting" which promotes good healthy birth and child raising techniques based largely on PT principles. If this is a movement among people and not something controlled by "authorities," it may prosper. It has not prospered in continuing along the conventional path of professional organization and control. Get it?

Do you want to live in a better world with better people? Then dump Arthur and start a new way of life and not leave this to the professionals. They suck! Always have! Always will! But as you can see, a movement will not be as strictly defined and it will vary. There may be more than one way to get things done. But to many, it will look a little bit like a religion or philosophy. Exactly! It is! Or should be! Each follower needs to be a believer and promoter.

Yes, you might look more like early Christianity or even evangelical groups like Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Moonies, whatever. But only in that each member believes in their cause and promotes it and lives it. those groups I mentioned often fail to live it as they preach it. But as well, we will continue to develop our understanding of the human mind and how we may best serve reproducing our kind and nurturing it.

But know this, in doing so, we will anger those who want to control everything. They do not like break away groups who are independent. They will attempt to infiltrate and corrupt, mislead, and lead us off in variant directions. We will constantly be fighting those whose motives are not pure. We can not stop attackers. We must accept them as being unavoidable and dedicated to continually resisting them. That has been the battle for some religions. Continually attacked and deceived. Many movements face infiltration, compromise, and corruption. We should never expect it to end and never let our guard down.

Most movements have failed or become useless because they have not understood that infiltrators and corrupters are a fact of life and must be admitted and continually resisted. They let their vigilance and guard down and wore out and became the possession of organizers and controllers. You need to share and never insist on an official doctrine that every member must follow, as is the case with the AMA, APA, etc. We should welcome variations and differences. Beware of controllers and doctrine makers  .  .  .  like Father Arthur.

A truly good detective not only pursues possible leads and connections, but will also look for things that will absolutely rule out certain possibilities. That is, to completely eliminate certain suspects or circumstances, thereby leaving no loose ends to interfere with what seems to be the only good suspect or conclusion left. So if Art wants to suggest that pain is motivating the belief or behavior, then he must eliminate the possibility of good reason and logic by addressing those as well and showing why they can not be. If he can not show why they are not eliminated, then they leave a potential hole in his proposition of pain being the sole and irrational cause.

Philosophical Conclusions
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You can struggle with primal pain, but in the end, what is the point? Life is over before you hardly get free of the pain. You can enjoy a few years in your old age, maybe. But all the fight and struggle; does it matter if evolution was how we came to be? Not really. In the end, we end up dead and nothing matters at that point. This is the real truth if evolution is so. Get what you can in this life and say goodbye to it all when its time to go. You can build great empires if you want, but when you die, you empire will eventually die, too. What does it matter? Why bother? It won't last. Surely you can find something better to do with your time while alive.

Arthur would have us believe that it all really matters, so come get healed. But the truth is, it does not matter since I will be dead soon enough and whether I heal or not, the healing will not last long before I am dead. If there were a quicker way to feel relief, such as drugs, well, you can see why some choose that. Some choose sex. Some choose money and power. But none of it lasts very long before you are dead. Life is futile, a waste of time. So in saying that life came about by chance is to say that it really has no purpose or meaning. If that is so, then it hardly matters what we do with our short time being alive. FACT!!!

Despite a belief in evolution, Art plugs on as if everything had vital urgent purpose and meaning. Get Pt today or you will face a horrible shortened life. We do anyway. He should stop kidding himself and everyone else. But most evolutionists do this. They know that life means nothing if evolution is right and they can not handle that or go on living like that. It all seems like such vanity and destroys any motivation. You seemingly need to conclude that life goes on forever in order to justify living your life as if it had meaning. I conclude it has meaning because I recognize God was behind it all. But this is based on reason and good evidence and not pain, fear or whatever. I don't need it as a crutch. I do not have to be ignorant of the potential vanity of life.

Were I to conclude that life is only short, painful, and very temporary, I would live a different life. Long term would mean nothing to me. I would live for the more immediate since there would be little to no point of anything else. And for Art or anyone else to live in the long term, believing it would amount to anything, is just sheer nonsense and lies. It is cowardice for them to live according to the dictates of their choice of how humanity came to exist. They can not accept what follows when you make that choice. They are the ultimate hypocrites and pussies!

It can and only ever will matter if the possibility of living forever or for a very long time, say a thousand year, maybe, is the case. But it would be quite silly to suggest such a possibility exists if there is no evidence for it. But Arthur's definitions of evidence are very short sighted and limited. Healing is only his definition of healing. All other forms of healing are not that at all, by him defining what it is or is not. So Art is not very objective in that sense. He does not like intangible things like reason, or "unseen" forces. He does not like to have to reason or strain his brain on so called speculation. Perhaps it is a cop out.

But if you can accept and believe that order comes from chaos and nothing, you can believe anything. Really, the fairy godmother is not far out of reach at that point. Even Mother Goose has real potential! Order and complexity do not come from nothing. They come from an order and complexity greater than themselves. Order and complexity are also under the law of entropy. They start at high order and slowly dissolve into lesser order or must be maintained by energy to keep the order and complexity that it started out with. Most evolutionists hate and detest the principle of entropy since it limits and forbids great order coming from lesser order. Entropy makes evolution impossible and that is a FACT! The universal order of entropy can not be disputed or ignored unless you are extremely neurotic. That is the case I will attempt to show, might be the case with Arthur. Extreme neurosis, despite relieved pain.

So the very fact we are here demonstrates that an order and complexity far greater than ours must have brought us into being. We are not able to replicate life with basic atomic elements. It is that complex and mysterious! So a greater intelligence and power/ability than ours must exist somewhere to have brought us into being. We can not bring more of ourselves into being, despite having figured out many things in the universe and physics.

The only question to remain is why the intelligent purposeful force brought us into existence to begin with and why have we not heard from that force since; or have we? Maybe we have heard from the force/entity but simply do not want to acknowledge it or admit it. And maybe we are being tested as to our worthiness. There may be answers, but we also need the questions and the courage and the honesty and sincerity to ask and be diligent in getting answers. Does our deeper inner mind really want to know? I say that because the biggest problem with ideas of God is that if He exists and is more powerful and a much more fit judge of right and wrong, are we going to like or accept doing things His way and not our way? Most people would rather die than do anything another way than what they want. We all love to have our way in every single little choice.

Lots to explore and ponder on that subject. But I assert this one thing with all my will! Something of order and complexity must come from previously exiting order and complexity. It can not become ordered and complex without an acting force making it happen. Arthur just hates this idea as best as I can discern.

But if you must ignore God or insist He can not possibly exist, then you can be damn certain that life will have no meaning or purpose otherwise. It can only have true genuine purpose if what we do has lasting impact and effect, which would likely require us living forever to be a part of that or have the option to live forever. For if we still die, what does it matter if life goes on? We will not know it. We will be gone. Our mortality is absolutely a part of this struggle between Arthur and myself. Our theories are tied to our philosophies and outlooks. Arthur lives as if it all matters when his choice is that we die and are gone, which makes it all not matter at all. FACT!

Socrates: "The unexamined life is not worth living."

Only God and the possibility of Him having a plan and purpose and keeping people alive gives any real purpose or meaning to life. But if we are to have anything to overcome selfishness and evil, it will need to be something that has all power and control so as to eliminate anything that does not want to cooperate with His greater plan. And He is in a better position to know what is beneficial, both right and wrong. And He can enforce whatever He decides. This is the only possibility of real healing, not just of individuals but of the whole world. Otherwise, if no God, then there is no hope of the world lasting much longer. Primal Pain will engulf us just like meteors and comets have done in the past. The past is our future and soon, our future will be the past.

Healing, when all we are going to do is die, is pretty damned pointless. Art's healing is a joke. Universal totalitarian healing must come from something far greater than ourselves. Yes, Virginia, we need a God or we are doomed. That need does not mean God is so. But God can be verified by other means of reason. So it need not be deemed as a false or neurotic hope. It is a real and reasonable hope that gives us reason to rise above ourselves and improve ourselves and live in a way that demonstrates to God that we do want to be different (better) if we could be.

Now that said, if you insist there is no God, that is fine. But then have the balls and courage to admit that life is pointless and nothing really matters. But too many of you cowards can not go that far. You can not admit or accept the very obvious. The conclusion goes too much against that inborn genetic makeup you inherited, that God put there. So you limp on 2 opposing ideas. You hate the futility of life and can not live with it or admit it, but reject God who eliminates futility and offers real hope, not neurotic vain hope.

Art says hope is neurotic. I say hope is not crazy or neurotic if the hope is based on sound evidence and reason. Not all hope is neurotic or otherwise, why does Art do what he does? Why does he keep going? So Art wants to wish God away and claim that anyone who believes in God rejects science and sound reasoning and is neurotic and crazy, irrational! Yes, vilify and demonize whoever it is you do not agree with. But whatever you do, do not address logic and reasoning because you might loose, then.

Art says it is just primal pain and fear that makes me believe that. Fine! Then also show me why it is logical to believe great order and complexity can come from nothing rather than from a greater order and complexity. Lets hear it, Arthur! I'm all ears! Put your big mouth where it belongs. Give us an answer instead of ducking and running as you have been doing for an entire lifetime, as it seems to me. Have some guts and courage and face your "demons" and nightmares head on! I dare you! And the same goes for the rest of you, too.

What is True Psychology
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Well, someone had to ask it, right? I will give you my definition. Psychology refers to the function of the whole mind. Why do our minds work as they do, and as a result, guide our actions? Psychology is what we call the study of trying to figure all that out. Men have been pondering over this since time and man began. Today, it is a recognized organized field of study and practice.

But for patients, it is also a search for understanding of themselves and why they feel like they do and why they do like they do. But its more than that, too. IN each of us, we have a set of beliefs about our selves and the world. An understanding of what is what! Problem is, our understandings and our beliefs can sometimes be wrong. Many things told to us or handed down to us have errors, as well as things that are, or might be, valid. This actually is a large part of who we are. So not only do we have the automatic things we get from growing in the womb, sensing and reacting to the feelings of our mothers, but also early experiences which at that point in life, are seen or felt with far greater impact than we would have thought. And whether any of us realize it or not, we started out much more sensitive and easily hurt than we ever knew.

So we get more toughened up and calloused as we grow. It is a natural defense that forms to protect our delicate natural feelings. We harden up and adjust. And we take in information from our parents, peers, schools, media, and the world. But so many errors are passed on to us. So we carry those errors and use them to make decisions which then often go bad.

What is needed is to go over all those ideas and beliefs we carry about ourselves, our parents, our world; and examine each one to see if it is correct or not. Most will never do much of that. Very few will do it a lot. Then we can make changes and adjust as we correct the errors in our mind full of information. Art will point out that primal pain causes many beliefs about ourselves. Yes, but we can still use our rational side to evaluate those mysterious feelings. Many have done it. I have done it.

We all have beliefs about what we are, what we can do, what we can not do, our limits, our abilities, our looks, our personality. Some tend to have high opinions and evaluations of themselves. We would call this an inflated ego. Some have very poor opinions of themselves and how they see themselves. This is a deflated ego or what we also call low self esteem. Too much or too little can be very harmful. We have accumulated false information and a distorted sense of reality. Our ideas about ourselves or the world might be wrong. So some attempt to correct their information to be more accurate and objective, reasonable.

Are we smart? Are we dumb? Can we say/do this or that, or not? What will my friends do if I say or do this or that? What will my teachers do? My parents do? My employer do? Recall that I did not believe as a kid that I could get straight A's or even make the honor roll. I saw myself as limited and getting good grades as out of my range. By unintended accident, I got good grades in 8th grade, which changed my view of myself in many ways. We all have events that have the potential to change what we had thought. Some can change their mind easily when the new experience justifies it. Others seem to sort of ignore the new evidence or are hard to convince by it. Primal Pain theory explains this quite well.

But we have so many beliefs accumulated by age 20. We still might not trust our own knowledge and judgment and rely on our parents instead. We might trust our church leader. We might have trusted our teachers. We might believe and trust the newscaster on TV. Maybe we had lots of fairly trustworthy relationships that make us feel secure in trusting. If we experienced lots of betrayal, we might not trust anyone.

The task before us all, if we dare take it up, is to identify all our beliefs and ideas and what they are; and then re-examine them to see if they are right. Some have friends who suggest maybe some ideas are wrong. Maybe the news says we are wrong on something. Maybe the preacher or the Bible says something is wrong. Maybe our teachers suggested some things were wrong and others right. Do we dare make a decision about who is right or wrong?

This is why I advocate learning to think critically and learn how to analyze and reason, and identify our logic process to see if the steps we took in decision making were right or wrong, or if they have a good basis for their existence. This is why we need a method and rules for evidence and info gathering and reasoning. I also would ask serious hard questions of myself, really wanting to know the truth. I might ask myself, was I behaving jealously in that situation? Was I fair in judging my friend? Am I doing this in anger or am I being objective? I would get certain sensations about certain questions. Or I might just conclude from the reactions, what was behind my reactions.

Using these methods, we can begin to change attitudes, beliefs, ideas, opinions, and the like. If we have the correct ideas about reality, then we can make good decisions about what to say or do about this or that. But if we were born behind the eight ball, so to speak, we might find this process very difficult. If we were born and raised in a mild reinforcing way, then it might be easier to do this.

The amount of psychological pain we experience and absorb might leave us still open to learning and change. Or if the pain is great, we might harden or have no confidence in ourselves and find it very hard to trust or believe in our own decisions. We truly are victims of our experience. But we do not have to stay victims.

Excuses That Suck
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Another aspect of PT that I find disturbing at times is the idea that pain causes behavior and that we are blind to what we are inside. Even if we are blind inside, we are not blind outside. Art seems to suggest that we do not see or are not aware of what we are doing. I say this is nonsense and bullshit! Far too many times in life, I have seen people do things they know better than to do and do them anyway. They know they are hurting people. They know they can get away with it. Perhaps it is their kids who can not live without them and can not fight back. Maybe it is their wives they take it out on. Maybe it is a boss or employer who mistreats an employee. leaders who abuse citizens. They don't know what they are doing? Total Bullshit and lies. This is the ultimate excuse and cop out that prevails in our world today.

But think of it this way. In Arthur saying this, he says with primal therapy, these people can be healed and not do harm. Maybe! But then what motivates them to do so? Nothing! Almost all do not. But in saying he has both the prevention and cure for crime, he also secures himself job and employment security, of the therapy he guards closely and claims sole ability to perform. Sounds like a monopoly to me. But in doing this, Arthur lets all criminals off the hook. Ain't that nice of him. What a pal. This also reinforces his loyalty to the establishment, who is also very soft on crime. In fact, it is the establishment who are most often criminals themselves and hide behind a mask of righteousness and holiness.

Arthur destroys any sense of accountability and responsibility for human behavior. Its not their fault, its primal pain, he says. We have no control over it at all. And if this is so, then certainly we can not think or reason for we are the total slaves of primal pain. Get the picture? At least he is consistent here but consistently wrong on all counts. He has made us into unreasoning animals and honestly, it is absurd and ridiculous. He must think we are total idiots that will swallow anything. This is what is so irritating to me about PT. Can it be an accident or is there an ulterior agenda to his theory, as is often the case with science, academics, and politics? It is very hard for me to think there is not something more to this since I have seen this sort of thing more often than not.

This is just part of the Elitist scam and ploy. Only graduated primal patients can think or behave. The rest of us are not qualified or capable. Talk about fairy tales and the emperor's new clothes! But most primal fans are oblivious to this obvious major blight in the theory of primal pain. Our entire system of law is based on accountability and believing that people know or should know what they are doing, and if they stray from what they know then we must do something about them.

In effect, Arthur denies our whole system and at least 6,000 years of history and conduct. This is no small feat. You have to be practically mad to do this. Makes you wonder, no? This is why I write. I love many things PT reveals but I detest the elitist escape of accountability Art enables. As well, he ends up trashing philosophy, since we can not reason, right? How did we ever discover any science? Just luck, right? When you think about it, this one aspect blows a serious hole in PT.

But wait, could this be deliberate? I mean, maybe Art is allowed to practice unhindered as long as he introduces some crap onto the theory so as to prevent a certain amount of credibility that might bring on more converts. It is time I introduced some conspiracy theorems.

The Turd in the Punch Bowl

A favorite reference among some conspiracy fans! A turd in the punch bowl is a conspiracy theorist who, while exposing many wrongs and injustices that give evidence of conspiracy, they also have absurd stuff that hurts either their credibility or that of the entire movement. Or often, they also promote things that take people in a false direction, away from the truth. To do that, they give you lots of truth and mix some lies in. By helping to muddy up the waters of clarity, they help confuse people and make it hard for them to discern what is truth and what is not. Look at all the JFK assassination theories. What a muddy screwed up mess it is. That Jack was killed by a grand cooperative conspiracy is beyond any reasonable doubt. But as to what exactly happened, it gets very hard unless you are a pro at wading through lies. I claim such ability. I match it to anyone.

So people who deliberately try to confuse and deceive by promoting some of the things that reveal some of what they are trying to hide, in order to conceal and protect the most important things, are said to be turds in the punch bowl. Or if they promote some conspiracy stuff along with some wacko absurd stuff, then they can become a turd in the punch bowl. there are also those whose sort of pretend to be crazy just to protect themselves. They are not necessarily turds in the punch bowl. Some say Alex Jones is the turd in the punch bowl. Some say David Icke is. There are many such accusations floating around about various personalities. It is a very treacherous field of study. One thing you can take to the bank. This boy here, is no turd in the punch bowl! And I have no friends, either ;-)

So is there a desire to weave deceiving ideas into PT? Lets pretend there is for a minute. OK, what are they trying to conceal? What are they afraid of that they want to create some confusion and hurt credibility of the good parts of PT? Oh, I got this covered!

There are profuse and diverse accounts of secret mind control techniques employed by some government agencies of various governments, one in particular ;-) Brain washing was one name given to it. As well, it is alleged that some are tortured to create splits and multiple identities that can even be triggered by those who create these hidden identities within victims. In other words, the reverse of primal therapy, where you create traumas instead of relieving them. Art says he has never seen a multiple personality. He seems to imply that they may not or do not exist. I have never been to China, but I am sure it exists.

Could the foundations of Primal Theory be used for evil and harm? I can not see why it could not be so. It would be hideous, but haven't we already crossed that line many times before? And is there some particular vulnerability in performing Primal Therapy that could be potentially exploited? I suspect it is possible and even likely. So Art says only he can do it. I see! Or could it be that Pt wastes a lot of time and does not produce a lot more ability in thinking? A great way to keep people occupied and avoiding more meaningful pursuits! A great way to make them think they are not capable, anyway, without Pt. Why not? Many Authoritarians have employed this technique since time began.

Could it even be that primal therapy is and long has been sabotaged in order to keep people from thinking conspiracies are believable. Keep them focused on feelings, not thinking! Ya know, it has possibilities ;-) The answer is by no means clear as is expected if we are being deceived and misled. But the contradiction we have that can not be eliminated or ignored is that Arthur suggests some ridiculous things. You figure why! I got my own ideas. Arthur could well be a turd in the punch bowl. I do not believe he is the man to continue the growth and expansion of PT.

One thing for sure. Two things, actually. If people were relived of harmful pains of trauma, which would let us live longer, healthier, and think better and make us more solid, independent, confident, etc, would be disastrous to governments, "slave masters," and big business everywhere. And if thinking were made a primary objective of any therapy, that would also be a disaster. So how do we prevent those? Art has the answer and promotes it.

Notice the prevailing opinion of most of those who follow Arthur adoringly! They despise thinking, a neurotic act out they say, and believe they are not capable of thinking well. an Authoritarian's dream come true. Are you getting the picture yet?

Beware of turds in the punch bowl!

Potential Changes
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But Dr. Janov has shown how pain can be stored and cause trouble throughout our lives and make good sound thinking a difficult task. But I also caution, difficult, but not impossible. Art would seem to suggest that it is impossible. If we had the time, the money, and the circumstances, going to Janov and getting our pains emptied out would be of great help in so many ways. Not just with thinking, but with feeling, with bodily functions and health. Controlling and directing our minds can potentially be much easier. I say POTENTIALLY.

I say that because I am of the firm opinion/judgment, based on evidence up to this point, that Pt does not automatically make our thought processes work flawlessly, or work without subversive internal agenda. It will improve intellectual function, I am sure. But not make it flawless by any means. It does not guarantee courage or sincerity or even diligence. Our stem can still have a will of its own, since it still has many memories, experiences, and associations with the rest of the brain and still has some sort of attraction or repulsion to various things. Relief of primal pain might change the stem and it might not. The trauma might be gone but a preference may still exist. We might not have primitive severe pains to hinder us, but we still would have some sort of motives residing. We do not start over with Pt. We lower or raise various impulses and drives from within.

My opinion is that Art has virtually ignored the exact nature of what changes take place or not, deep in the stem-1st level. He has assumed that because changes take place, that the changes correct all defects, all ideas, all beliefs, etc. I am not so sure. And if a birth trauma is relieved, that does not mean that the stem still does not fear something.

For example! Lets say there is major fear when a birth trauma then brought up and felt, relieving all the powerful fear that the birth trauma has originally created. It is sure to improve all functions of the brain and body, too. But it will not erase all fear or the potential and ability to feel fear. Things in the present can still cause fear. In fact, we can still experience major traumas as well. Now the fears we are most likely to encounter will not likely be anywhere near as strong as the birth trauma, but they will be fears and they can still affect what the intellect will do.

Now lets suppose that the stem fears the implications of a certain philosophical or religions idea we come across or is presented to us. Maybe the implication is one that makes life and struggle seem pointless and in vain. The stem may not like that implication at all. It might even be terrified of it. So what does the stem do? It immediately causes a great fear sensation and the intellect turns away or comes up with a diversion or deception as per orders of the stem who lets the intellect know this is very dangerous and not worth pursuing at all. The major signal is "run, Forest, run!" (Hollywood cliche). So the whole brain (in near panic mode) immobilizes to run and avoid the idea threatening it.

The stem is the only place that can react fast enough to divert attention and direction and send a signal strong enough to make sure the rest of the brain goes along with this alarm sent out. The stem has to be in control at all times in case of emergencies. Some thought and ideas are often considered emergencies to run from. The fight or face it reaction is buried, suppressed, blocked out of existence.


Can an idea still be seen as a major threat, even after birth traumas and in-womb traumas are all relieved. Of course! Not a shred of doubt in my mind, having watched Janov's blog for at least 2 years, total. I see the fear all the time. But do not take my word for this. Read the blog covering 2010 and 2011 and you can judge for yourselves. That is the best way to do it. I might be crazy, too. Its been suggested ;-) Look for my screen name "apollo" and see what comes up against it as well.

Janov's claim that we can not think with pain inside or that we have no major pain to disturb our thoughts, I say, we still have lesser pains or threat of pain and that is more than enough to block fearful ideas. We are still vulnerable to contamination, corruption of the thought process, motivations (from the stem) that subvert efforts to obtain truth, and a clear, honest, accurate understanding of the world and life. One that is not positive or negative, but neutral, objective, accurate.

But a neutral objective accurate assessment might reveal something very negative or fearful. Life being pointless or meaningless (unless you accept that "God" theory, heaven forbid) might be to some, terrifying. Maybe just as terrifying as suffocating in the womb. How can we continue on, knowing that life is meaningless, pointless, wasted time? And worse, what if we have to obey a god? Ah, we should prefer facing a den of lions to that.

But it should be no stretch to see that there is still lots to fear that might incline the mind to avoid certain ideas and even create excuses to easily dismiss them as utter non-sense. Well, we dismiss them out of hand, until maybe we face near death. As they say, "there are no atheists in foxholes." Or as Arthur Janov has put it (approximately), "we are never more real than when we are facing death."

Put another way, it is hard to lie to ourselves when we know or believe we are going to die, and may or may not lose out on God or maybe have to face God. If we have been or had been blowing the ideas of Him off, it may be much harder to do so when we finally confront our imminent death. I had a grandmother and aunt on my father's side who thought God was ridiculous and absurd. Don't know how Grandma faced her last days. But my aunt, when she was losing her mind and not getting around easy and always sleeping, feeling death creeping up on her and being very close, decided God was not such a silly idea, after all. She had a Bible on her lap and was reading it now. What? I thought she was real sure when she was young and death was far off. Guess she was not so sure after all, huh? She died in 2007 near to age 94, I believe.

Now it may be that they only embrace God out of fear and desperate hope, hedging their bets by accepting God, "just in case." But if it is as truly irrational and insane as some suggest, to believe in God, then why do they get so crazy when death seems near? Isn't that an irrational and powerful reaction coming from the stem? Why, I believe it is! But Art would say it was the neocortex and intellect fooling the stem, I gather. But you see, the stem will resort to whatever it needs to comfort itself in a crisis.

I know of an instance or 2 (from a documentary on the Hillside Strangler, Ken Bianche, I believe, many years back) where women were being tortured and about to be killed and they cried and pleaded for their mommies. The stem does not know anything else to do. It goes back to the only comfort and security it can remember. In a time of overwhelming crisis, the mind will grab out for nearly anything. The human condition deserves sympathy and understanding. Some panic easy while others are cool, even when facing death. Preparation is the best way to take on a crisis. If we thought it out carefully before hand ,then we can be more resolved when confronted with something truly scary. Thinking ahead to possibilities and making decisions when we have the time to do so, it better than trying to do it all at once in a panic. This is one of those truly huge blessings of the intellect. It can allow us preparation, which is always the bet strategy and far preferable to panic.

While panic can often be life saving, Panic can also get us easily killed and needlessly. In fact, panic is a rotten decision maker. Preparation and analyzing can help us to prevent getting in panic situations to begin with. If we can avoid many dangers by taking certain precautions, then all the better. Long live the intellect!

The stem seems all powerful and always takes over in a crisis. The intellect might as well not exist at those points. Emergency control turns everything over to the stem. But it is not just a crisis where the stem takes over. The stem is always in control. The intellect is allowed function, when no emergency or danger is present. Hopefully, that is a good deal of the time, because we really need what the intellect can bring to us. Each level has their job. We need them all and should use them all, if we are smart.

Dissecting Arthur
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But Arthur does us a great disservice when he says that thinking can not take place when pain resides in us. I forcefully disagree. I would say pain makes it much more difficult and challenging but not impossible. Art suggests that without Pt, you can not think right. Most can not, but that does not mean it can not take place or that no one can do it? Could it be Art has never encountered anyone who could do it or has he simply ignored and written off anyone who could do it? It has been my conclusion by this time that he just blocks it out. Does not want to see it! Now that I have concluded this, does not make it so or a fact. I could be wrong. But that is what I have come to believe and why I write.

The implications are that without Pt, which has only been around since the 1960s, that for at least the nearly 6,000 years before that, we have been hopeless idiots. God has just been wasting His time. He should have created Arthur first so that we could get rid of our pain and think right. Boy, that God guy is not too bright, huh? But Art sure is! But I say, it is Art that is either not too bright (which I do not accept), or he is in denial in a big way or has an ego totally out of control.

For whatever his faults, Arthur is, as far as I am concerned, a very intelligent person or he would not have discovered what he did and further, after having learned so much more, he could not be blind to all the things he seems to be blind to. So using the method of Sherlock Holmes, I am going to eliminate the impossible, that Art is not smart or does not see that much. So what is left? The other 2 options I listed.

I'll cut right to the chase. Art so consistently ignores many facts, censors ideas, and automatically resorts to insinuating pain as the cause of proposed ideas, without being able to prove them or address the logic behind them that he sounds too much like dishonest politicians and media sources, who avoid evidence, run from truth, and tell lots of lies. Arthur clearly seems to be avoiding many subjects. In denial! Trying very hard not to see. I can see the old stem at work in a big way. I only have to ask, what is the cause of the fear, denial, and running?

It could be just fear. He hates the idea of God, maybe. Does not like where that might lead! And since solid intellectual philosophical reason could also lead to God, Arthur rejects that, too, and says you can not do it unless you primal your heart out and get rid of all you pain. So if you are a smart "neurotic" guy, Art has just the escape clause he needs to make his getaway. You can not think because you have not primaled, so you are not qualified to say anything about anything. Why, that sounds just like many religious leaders, cult leaders, political leaders, academic authorities, and other such authoritarian types who resort to this "elitist" explanation for why you could not possible be as smart or smarter than they are, or correct them in anything.

I find this very disturbing that a man who has made a great discovery and helped a lot of people could turn around and resort to authoritarianism as a defense for what he says. It is as if he has tucked his tail between his legs and ran like hell when I offered to gently spar with him in the ring. A man who has got it all right should have nothing to fear from challengers. If he has made any mistakes, I would not consider that a big deal. I have made plenty and will continue to do and and would not hold mistakes against Art, if he admitted them. But he clings to his infallible status that can not be challenged by mere mortals such as myself, void of any authority or celebrity, and not even a degree by a cherished university, God forbid. John Lennon never spoke to me or even knew me. Steve Jobs never wrote about me. I have never published a landmark book. So what could I know?

For whatever I know or not, if I am wrong, it should be easy to demolish my ideas. That is, IF I am wrong! If I am not, no words he will ever conjure up will ever be able to refute me. I will be unbeatable. There is no antidote for truth. I do not need authority or celebrity. Let Arthur resort to them if he wants. It only adds weight to my point, doesn't it?

Now what about that ego I suggested? Is there any there? Is Arthur afraid that his reputation might suffer a setback or two if he admits I completely outsmarted him, even though I did not discover him or PT till 1987? And now I come along and show he had it messed up and misunderstood some? Ouch! Oh, would that sting, huh? His  stem might be feeling several things. Was his work all for nothing? He might be fearing that, but it was not all for nothing. He has done a fine job in many ways. Not perfect but I do not require perfection, just humility.

Does it scare him that maybe he is not so smart after all? He might feel that. But again, he is wrong. He is still smart. I never would have discovered PT had it not been for Art. That I see come corrections that need to be made is no big deal and he should not be taking as as a big deal. But it may be he is and his ego has taken a severe blow. If he has an ego, this might account for some of his reaction.

Maybe my irrefutable logic has him doubting his own theory. But I have only pointed out that a few more things need to be considered. No need to doubt the theory.

Maybe he is terrified that if I am not stopped, I might lead him and a few more to the obvious face to face confrontation with God. Oh, God, not that! Torture and torment, anything, but please, not God! Could God be that terrifying? From my many years of experience (52 of them at this writing) with religion, science, and human nature, I say emphatically and fanatically, like a crazed mad man, You better believe it! God is hated more than just about any other subject or idea on earth. If there one just one thing along to account for Arthur, this might be it. It accounts for many people's fears. Ghosts and goblins can not terrify people anywhere near as much.

Now why God should get such a bad rap, I know not. Could it be that humans are so insistent on their way, that even an offer of everlasting eternal life, and resurrection if you die before judgment day, and with all pain and suffering eliminated, cures made, youth restored, beauty granted, perhaps for the 1st time; would be rejected by them rather than adjust a few of their ways? Who the hell would object to all this? I gotta admit, I'm baffled. But some might say, "I want to be able to enjoy a variety of women and God won't let me. And There is nothing wrong with it, either!"

For this, many would prefer to reject God rather than join Him. But while we are allowed to reject Him for now, we will not always be able to do so. He has set limits on that as we are rapidly approaching those limits, says I. But while sex is obviously an incredible high (Nothing higher, from my point of view), it is something that can easily get out of control and lead to irresponsible breeding behavior which any primal student knows is a very harmful thing, if you are the result of an irresponsible birth. Sex seems like the end all, but that may be a serious distortion. But I must say, if all are made beautiful and appealing and all our personal defects are removed, I don't think marriage should be such a confining and constricting sort of thing. But for some, it is a real deal breaker. I could deal with this more, but I have other articles on those subject you can read, if you want.

But God getting in our way, now or then, is for many, quite frustrating. But soon they will see what a world without God will be. At least the one of the Bible. Then tell me you do not want God! You'll see very soon! But God is clearly the objection for many. I believe it may be Art's Achilles' heal. But my concern is that if you were to go in a religious direction while in therapy, Art, without being truly and fully aware of it, might conclude that you were going in a wrong direction because pain was making you do that and would try to correct your direction.

I refer to his account of Michael Holden, a doctor who worked with Art and assisted him in research to help verify physical changed from Pt and PP. Michael went "religious" on Art and Art was not pleased. He said it was pain making this happen. Primal Pain could have been involved. It may not have. Pain might have been keeping it away to that point. Or maybe pain and reason happened to be aligned. It happens sometimes. Art has not shown us how or why he says it was the pain. But even if the pain did cause the "religious" direction and choice, that does not mean it was an error. Pain and logic can often come to the same conclusion, though Art will not likely concede to that.

Now, I do not agree with the direction Holden allegedly went in. He fell for TV Evangelists (TVE's), I hear, and started giving them money. Now I consider TV Evangelists to be devil worshippers so I can hardly find fault with Art for being a bit upset with that. I don't know how anyone could fall for TVE's, but it is done quite a bit. But then again, murder is, too. But that Holden came to believe in God, I do not object to this, but I say that there can be good and bad/poor reasons for believing anything. A belief in God should have good sound reasoning and support or it might be in vain that anyone believes.

But belief in itself, is no reason to fault Holden. Art's blame of pain is, as I see it, unsubstantiated. Show me with logic and reason why God is a bad choice. If you can show that, then it does not matter if pain is to blame or not. God is a bad idea. But if you can not show that, then pain or not, it will have to be up to each person. If Art leads others away from God in treatment, he has possibly contaminated the clinical practice with personal prejudice. In theory, a primal patient is supposed to come to their own conclusions. I am not so sure that takes place. How much influence is there, that might be personal and not objective? I am left to wonder and doubt.

But since parents pass on what they know or received, and all do this all the time, can we fault anyone for trying to help, even if it might be misguided at times? Therapists do their best and no one has all the answers or is perfect or infallible, except for the Pope and a few others, allegedly. I never believed it! I believe there are many things therapists should bring up and discuss. God, life, philosophy, etc. In doing so, one should always question therapists and not accept everything for granted. But as we know, it is rather natural for transference to take place. And I suspect that despite relief of pain, that transference never fully goes away. We all need love, acceptance, and belonging, even if fully healed. But we want to develop an intellect that can keep our alert systems up and analysis continual, so that we do not get trapped or fall for anything.

But what some call transference, I call it: wanting to belong and be accepted, and have those around you be people you can trust and rely on. It is wanting a perfect world and perfect life. We are born wanting and expecting these. We naturally, and not unreasonably, look up to those who seem smart, kind, with answers, and success. If others see them as respectable, then it adds even more reason to your own similar feelings. Many of us see a therapist in a higher state than what we judge ourselves to be in. So we look up to them automatically. there is the only danger. We make assumptions at times, that we should not be making.

Art and his Center staff should never be followed with complete unquestioned trust. We have the right to question anything at any time and if a proper answer can not be given, we got a problem, perhaps. Many failed attempts to heal people under Art's direction and care, over the years, were likely unintentionally. Even Art says that what he practiced just 5 years ago is no longer fully correct and needs to be done better or differently. So I suggest nothing that he does not also suggest.

But with patients coming in to Art and staff with no other hope left and high hope for treatment (perhaps too high and led to believe that way), they suspend all critical or personal thinking and feeling and just do whatever the therapist says. I don't know any easy way around this. What I can say is this! Each patient is responsible for using their own mind in all things at all times and should never give anyone the status of infallibility or being unquestionable. But when you are so uncertain inside yourself, you dare not stand up for your self or question anything or anyone.

As well, each and every therapist bears a serious responsibility to do their very best and examine themselves rigorously before trying to help others and continually examine themselves and their ideas. That said, no therapist will be perfect and mistakes will be innocently made. But as well, good results will be obtained by some. To gain something, we have to risk something. Life comes with no guarantees. We can not expect perfection.

So Art and his staff may make mistakes. And we might discover them. If we find anything, then we make corrections. We can not be too critical of Arthur's work. He has done far more good than most. If he is not perfect, make adjustments and move on. If you held him as a god, by some chance, that is ultimately, your fault, not his, unless he knew quite well what he was doing. Even then, you still bear some of the guilt along with him.

My suggestion is that all who are contemplating therapy with Arthur Janov and his staff, is that they take another look and reevaluate more carefully. In the end, Pt might still be a good thing to pursue if you can make room for it and can barely function, otherwise. But given the urgency I suggest in the world at this time, if you can function well without Pt, then you might want to pursue accurate knowledge and sound reasoning instead. Each has their own unique benefits.

But as for Arthur, I believe his motives are suspect and have caused errors to form in his theory, that need correction, and some appreciation for good cognitive therapists or philosophers who deal with personal belief systems. Arthur also needs to introduce some help in logic and reasoning since many of his patients actually long for and need this. They expected it from their parents but did not get it and if you, a therapist, are truly a holistic healer, you must at least teach them how to think and research things and make critical distinctions between 2 competing ideas. Kids' parents had no business sending the kids out into the world unprepared but they are still unprepared and you need to prepare them since no one else has or will.

I am sorry I had to make God such an issue here but I am of the belief that Art has made it an issue on his blog and books and maybe even his practice. But it is nearly impossible to separate logic, reasoning, wisdom, meta-physics, Philosophy, science, and religion. None are without relation to the others. If you can't deal with that, that is too bad. I know Art has his troubles with it all. I never made religion an issue on his blog, but he and others did. So now do I!

AJ - Establishment-arian Ph.D.
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God may or may not be a big problem for Arthur. But if there is one thing that stands out, it is  his very narrow view of anything. If he has not encountered or it experienced it, then it does not exist. Consider the ego in that. So great and wide is his experience, that if he has not come across it, it can not be. I have seen dismissive or narrow views on aliens and UFOs, multiple personalities, paranormal things, God, all the rest of psychology, and who knows what I might have forgotten.

Real science and inquiry are motivated by deep strong curiosity, and even appreciation of the world around them. They have a strong appetite for knowledge and will go after it almost anywhere. Most have no boundaries in their searches, at all. Knowledge is that important to them. They can not live without it and some are even obsessed by it. It is a passion for them. And in their desire for knowledge, they have learned never to dismiss anything lightly, quicky, or easily. And they do not dismiss or avoid any data or evidence, including vast numbers of eye witnesses.

But I find a different motivation in Art. He is very dismissive of many things and quite narrow in his vision and scope. In fact, he seems to run and hide from a number of things. I'll get to it. He claims he is a maverick, but only in 1 isolated direction, that being PT. Then he dismisses all the rest of psychology, of which helped lead up to the discovery of PT by Art. Amazing! Arthur is not what I would call a broad generalist. Most subjects terrify him as I see it. He sticks to PT and Pt and even in those, stays way from any possibility that there are sinister forces in academia, psychology, psychiatry, and government that keep PT and Pt very marginalized, if not totally blacked out. I imagine that most conspiracy theories bother him and are quickly dismissed by him.

But I find it very hard to believe that a guy who should be full of insights and wisdom could be so blind to the corruption so prevalent and pervasive in our world today. I do not believe it is possible to be that blind, innocently. So then what do I conclude?

Either Art is threatened with many bad conclusions if he embraces a conspiracy route, or he has something to fear that he might discover, if he takes that route, or he is just one of the participating players in that great conspiracy, of his own will and accord. We might all sympathize with Arthur is he acts as he does out of fear or threat. None of us (myself excluded) are eager to jump into the wall of bullets over the trench or throw ourselves on the spears of the enemy. But the other 2 are of more concern. How scared or not is he of what he might find in the "crazy" and "insane" subjects of paranormal and UFOs.

And believe it or not, right on my site of recommended books, I show why UFOs have a very scientific military origin and with very credible authors and evidence to support this possibility and literally many thousands of witnesses as well. How do you just turn your back on all that? Is he afraid? Does he imagine it will hurt his own credibility? It might, it could, but some researchers of great integrity have dared to do it. Should we not expect a little bit of courage and integrity from Arthur? Why not?

And what of that conspiracy stuff? Is Art one of those who helps steer people away from such subjects and tries to discredit them, for whatever the reason? I do tend to wonder at times. But what I am certain of, is that he is in total denial and runs from the many subjects that suggest conspiracies and bad motives, yet while suggesting how blind psychologists are, innocently, of course. I say many are not innocent and are deliberate suppressors of the advancement of psychology that PT would enable and propel forward. So for whatever the reason, Arthur is not in a very good place that is very easy to defend.

One thing I do find among some psychologists is an open broad mind and not extremely judgmental or narrow in their judgment in regards to paranormal or other fringe ideas, including God and religion. To me, anyone who is going to heal others, should show respect for patients and be understanding of their difficulties or mental "errors" and flaws. Being accepting of patients is how some patients have referred to therapists they like who helped them heal and grow. Arthur seems more narrow and he is going to correct people to what he sees as right. He seems to me, like a tough, no-nonsense kind of guy who is not that warm. I can understand this partially for when one deals with "crazy" people all the time, and their insane ideas and behavior, it has to take a toll. Mental health professionals take lots of vacations for a reason. Dealing with disturbed people constantly is no picnic. I'd never do it, myself. So Art does deserve some significant slack there. I do not want to be unfair or harsh.

But with greater "power" or prestige and status, does come a great responsibility and accountability.  Stan Lee, who wrote the Spider Man comics, once had Spider Man say, "With great power comes great responsibility." Jesus said the same in this: "To he who has been entrusted with much, much will be demanded of him." Put another way, "if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen." So I won't fault Art's rough edge too much but in a truly competent therapist, patience is not just a virtue, it is a necessity. Good or great therapists must have patience, warmth, kindness, and understanding, without too much judgment, knowing that adversity makes anyone behave irrational at times and none of us chose adversity in life. It just happens anyway.

But it may be that Art is not the best qualified for his job, anymore, if he ever was. Maybe it took his toughness to go against the grain and pursue PT and Pt. But I still think one has to guard their personality and temperament, which is always under assault in our world. It is a tough job and I can not say Art is terrible or unqualified. But I would go so far as to say, in comparison to others I have seen or know of, that maybe he could use some improvement.

But in most respects and subjects, Art is way too conventional, orthodox, sensitive to offending those who deserve offending, and unwilling to find any great fault with anything in the "Establishment" and all its tentacles. He seems to be covering for a lot of people who block, deny, suppress, and show quite a bit of questionable motives and I am being real reserved right now. He seems to cover for what I would call a lot of outright liars, deceivers, false practitioners, malevolent, diabolical, conniving, scheming, manipulating sort of types in science academia, medicine, business, and politics, who are up to no damn good.

It is these very forces that suppress PT and yet Arthur seems in denial of their agenda. This makes Art a bit contradictory and inconsistent. How can you cover up for or deny what your "enemies" are doing to you and your cause? How seriously does Arthur take his own cause? In letting the bad guys off the hook, Arthur aids and abets the criminals, not just in their suppression of PT, which is a very good science and explanation of human behavior and function, but also of creating mass pain of incredible proportions all over the world, and threatening the destruction of the entire species of humans in their sadistic pursuits and misuse of human beings. So completely contradictory are those he defends from the values he claims for people and patients, that it is by my accounting, impossible to reconcile these gross contradictions.

If he is genuinely so blind, then clearly he knows nothing about anything he speaks of and no one should ever listen to him ever again as he has proven unfit and unworthy of good sound reasoning and insight. On the other hand, for whatever his reasons, his covering for horrible examples of human beings' deeds makes it hard to avoid concluding that Arthur is part of the problem rather than any solution to the very serious and overwhelming problems confronting human kind right now. And if he is part of the problem, then how much can you trust his motives for his theories of PT? How much is sincere and how much is designed to help the monsters continue their war and assault on humanity. "Enquiring" minds want to know! (Yes, I know "inquire" is the proper choice. You figure out what I was alluding to!).

Anyone who believes in what Arthur has discovered in the 60s and on and written so much of, should be concerned about Arthur's many perplexing inconsistencies. He is clearly a conflicted and compromised man. IS this what primal therapy does for people? If it is, we can only conclude that primal therapy does nothing for improving every aspect of thinking and reasoning. It certainly helps and makes improvements but by no means fixes everything and perfectly. We still need to learn proper intellectual procedure, even as a law student needs to learn court procedure and legal research and case building. Academics must learn how to research. Reporters have codes and rules. We all need to think about how we gain or accept information and what to do with it.

Many people have placed in themselves in the care of Arthur and his clinic. They give him unquestioned trust and obedience to guide them through "feeling" and "healing." If he has so many defects (only by my accounting, of course), despite all the primals he has gone through, then primal "students, believers, and patients" should not expect that feeling their pain and integrating it will resolve all their thinking and rationalizing. There is still much to learn after, as well as during treatment. And it can be done, with or without Primal Therapy. As well, they might want to question some of the things taught or suggested by Arthur, giving them a bit more critical examination as opposed to blind faith and trust.

I have said it before, my biggest surprise when I encountered others who rejected Jehovah's Witnesses as I did, did not develop a critical thinking ability nor stop trusting "authorities" in the world in general. They were still, in general, very uncritical and very trusting. I did get critical and I trust no authority on earth but my own internal authority and search for truth and judging what is truth or not. But primal patents should learn to be their own judges of all things.

That said, I know most of the types of patients who typically seek primal therapy are those who do not trust themselves or their own feelings very much. They have no confidence. What I ask them to do or suggest to them will be the hardest thing they will have to do. Arthur is their replacement daddy and it is natural that they will treat him like daddy and believe every word he says just as we all do to our first parents or would have normally done with our parents. We would still have the longing to rely on them with complete trust. Trust is part of that bond between parents and children, placed by God, says I, since parents are, by far, the one most likely to look out for the interests of their kids, at least far more so than most strangers. A good stranger is a very rare commodity, indeed. Parents will almost always be a better bet. So Art will get your trust unless you wise up.

But no therapist or any human being alive deserves unquestioned trust, once you become adult and being to think and judge and decide for yourself. But given that many of us never gained the confidence in ourselves, our first goal is to gain that confidence and surety in ourselves so that we do not need to rely on the ability of others to decide for us. Those with power over us like us fearful of our own ability and you can bet they do not appreciate me saying otherwise. So some of you will need to embrace Art until you can get to a certain degree of confidence.

But it should be pretty clear at this point that Arthur's claim to authority and superiority; that is, claims of elitism, is all nonsense and bullshit! Nobody is Superman, or God, or in communication with God or anyone else. Nobody has all the answers (well, except me, of course, right?) (just testing ya). None of us will be always right in what we decide or believe. But we can change when we find our we are wrong in something. Maturity and growth means we recognize that part of growth and learning is that we can sometimes be in the wrong on some things, and will need to correct some ideas when new info comes in, or we refine what we have collected and toss some stuff out.

But in the long run, the best person to trust is our selves. Trusting others, when others have potentially much to gain in getting you to trust them, is a bit fool hardy and stupid without placing some limits and cautions on that trust. You are the best one to trust for your decisions, for only you can be sure about what you experienced.

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In military circles where they want to keep what they are doing concealed from those they hire to develop or research things, the military will split up projects into small pieces, and hand out a piece to each vendor to develop, without the vendor knowing how it will ultimately be used or be used with something else. In other words, the military keeps the left hand from knowing what the right hand is doing. Each is kept in the dark about the other. Even spies will not be told everything, but only what they need to know so that if they are captured, there is only a limited amount of knowledge they can give. We call this compartmental-ization. Each operation is its own compartment, sealed off from the rest of the compartments. With no connections, there can not be much in the way of understanding. That is the goal of those who keep secrets.

Such schemes do not allow a free flow of information. They hinder it as was the intention. Recall much earlier in this article how I quoted Moe Mandelkehr about scientists and academics with their fields of interest. These are typically called specialists. They have narrow limited fields of study and research. Much of academia is organized this way to, again, hinder the free flow of information and keep knowledge from spreading. Specialists often even like their limited spectrum of knowledge since knowing things you are not supposed to know can get you into trouble and many of them do not want trouble.

Modern education is designed to inhibit and retard learning. It is the desire of those who control, to keep most in darkness and ignorance. Knowledge in the hands of the little people is seen as dangerous and threatening. So boldness and daring are discouraged in students. Students are supposed to follow and repeat whatever they are told and show no initiative. We are conditioned to be believe that curiosity is a bad thing. Imagine that!

So in order to break out of this compartmentalization, which most of our world is organized into, we need to seek the knowledge of a wide field and spectrum. We need to know a fair amount about all fields and subjects and not just 1 narrow limited field. We need to be generalists. Note the word "general" within that word. A general has oversight of all activities. He needs to know as much as possible. Some people interpret general to mean nothing specific or something light, brief, wide, but not necessarily deep. But when I say to become a generalist, I also mean that you go as deep as you can in each subject while pursuing many subjects at the same time.

Having a wide variety of fields and disciplines is extremely helpful since what you learn in one area may very well help another area since all knowledge is interconnected. It is not compartmentalized and divided. All the pieces fit together to forma a big picture and we need that big picture. It is that big picture that controllers, manipulators, and abusers want to keep us from getting.

Even in sports, when it comes to training, cross-training has become very popular because some of the skills we might use in our primary sport will be better taught and emphasized in another sport. By learning a broad variety of skills in athletics, we become more adaptable, versatile, and skilled. So athletes have learned to develop some skill in other sports, knowing it will produce good results in their particular specialty as well.

Art is a specialist, limited to one small field. He seems to like and prefer that, seemingly and voluntarily keeping himself in that place. He does not want to venture out beyond that. Its safe in his little confine and compartment. Now to me, this sounds like fear and wanting to avoid getting wiser and more knowledgeable. Someone might be keeping him there, but I suspect he wants to be there. Playing along with the compartmental rulers of the world, Art can avoid certain things he fears or dislikes intensely.

Compartmentalizing is the exact opposite of free thinking and free inquiry. No one should fear free inquiry. True scientists and those who are curious would never dream of boxing themselves in. They are unafraid of crossing boundaries to explore possibilities. Some leads may turn out to be dead ends. Nothing wrong with that. But the initial exploration should not be feared without good reason. And threat or authority are not reasons. Compartments are nothing but walls, boundaries, borders, gates, blocks, obstacles, inhibitors. It is stifling and miserable being in a small box.

Art seems to avoid any subject beyond primal therapy and theory. A singular tunnel-visioned pioneer. That raises red flags in my book. Maybe he was so stunned with the profound changes that were often accomplished by Pt, that he lost his objectivity and Pt/PT became the only solution to anything and everything. I offer this possibility. Art wants to be able to change people, since they have come for help to change and feel better. But change to what? Who decides? Art says the patient. But is it really the patient? Or is it sometimes Art?

The nagging question in my mind is, does the patient really want to change? Because if he does not, then it is not my business whether he changes or not. Were I a qualified and licensed therapist, which I am not, I would tell a patient who I determined did not want to change, that I felt this way and that I believe he/she would be better off pondering themselves a little more before seeking therapy and determine whether they were truly willing to commit to change. If they were not, I would tell them I would not be their best option anymore and that maybe they would be better off seeking someone more in harmony with what the patient was truly seeking, perhaps a feel good reassurance doctor without having to make changes. It is not my job to force change or make people change. They must do so voluntarily.

It is very frustrating for therapists to not see progress or enlightenment. Art no doubt, felt this, too. So he goes all out to get people to feel. Many techniques have been employed in the past. Some have been since discontinued or adjusted and refined. But ultimately, the patient must be willing, both outwardly and deep inside as well. Some patients might be damaged so as to limit the results obtainable. It may also be that some patients, deep inside at the stem, do not feel comfortable enough with Art or other staff members. If this is present and so in some, then they will not be able to make progress, at least with Art and his facility.

But I think it is possible that Art wants a method that can not fail and that he may believe that if they just find the right block, they can unblock it and that anyone can be healed. But I say that healing should not take place if the patient is not in the right frame of mind or fully willing. But whatever, Art says that Pt is the only way to any healing, as he defines healing, of course.

But Arthur's strong emphasis on PT/Pt and refusal to admit any other needs or see any other possibilities, and to be somewhat blind in other areas, and have no strong curiosity of anything else, which means selective curiosity, which I consider a sign of contradiction and conflict; then Art has some blind spots and hang ups. If this is so, then there will be patients and times when Art will not be effective. For true full curiosity is not conflicted or compromised and goes anywhere and everywhere. I do not detect this curiosity in Art. These factors all added together, give me significant reason for concern about Art and his theories and practice. He has been rejected (for therapy) by some very good people such as Alice Miller, and who knows who else.

Michael Holden abandoned his therapy with Art. Lennon did not continue. There have been one or two dissenters on his blog. We will never know how many might not be happy but I would love to talk to them. The Primal Therapy Page on the net has some interesting critiques which I will get to. As well, Art's old Primal Institute with his former wife, Vivian, has an apparent split or disagreement over something but neither side wants to talk about it. Both seem to have something to hide. In my book of rules, hiding is automatic indemnification. Many politicians like to hide or reply "no comment." I assume the worst or otherwise, why hide? Hiding and secrecy are never good things in my book.

So Arthur has given me many reasons for concern. He does not seem to me, a good choice to advance primal theory any further. It needs new blood and new improved direction from someone who does not run, hide, deny, and compartmentalize. So I voice my concerns over a form of therapy I have great respect for. With that, I will discuss ultimate idealistic (holistic) healing as I see it.

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I could also call this the Grand Unified Theory of Psychology.

What is it? That is what I want to answer. All humans are injured from conception and birth on. We are not only broken individuals, but a broken wounded species and as a result, a broken crippled planet and environment as well. To fix or heal an individual, we must really fix the whole problem and not just the individual. At the very least, we must fix and heal the family, the community, and the entire species. And my thought there is that it is impossible, especially if it is to be done by each person voluntarily of their own accord and not forced into it. Most will not want to be "fixed."

That leaves only one other possibility. God has explained how we got messed up in the Bible, and explains how we can get better. But we can not do it of our own accord and ability. It is beyond our ability. Only a power, will, intelligence and force far greater and more benevolent than our own can do that. Only a God could or would do that. We are truly helpless. God gives us all a chance and those who embrace it can be healed at a time God has determined in advance. But first He desires to show us just how far this whole challenge between Him and one of His errant antagonistic creations can and will go. And He wants to show us just how far the human species can stoop, as well. So humans are tested to see what they are made of, for all to see.

Once we have seen the ultimate outcome, then God can eliminate (yes, execute) any who do not want to submit and change, and fix/heal those that do. It is that damn simple! You have a choice so use it wisely for there is no 3rd alternative. You get to see how bad it will get. You will be forced by evil ones among us, to make a choice, one way or the other. Those evil ones have no good intentions toward us. They will conduct the greatest slaughter of people in all human history. They will kill at least 6 of 7 billion. But God will step in before that is fully carried out, and put an end to the madness, finally, His point having been proved beyond a shadow of a doubt. This is the ultimate solution/scenario. But many will not accept this.

So that leaves you with no hope. So be it, if you can handle it. But the human race is not coming out of this on their own. Its way beyond them to control or fix human nature and primal pain, which I believe is very real. Take that route if you like. In the end, it will not matter, for life has no meaning in that scenario anyway. But now I want to show what total healing would be, if it could be, God or not.

We were or should be, one big happy family/species, whose intellects should help us to see the beneficial course for us to take. But the stem tends to rule selfishly in the short term. At one time, people all lived in communities where everyone was known, connected, involved, belonged! If you needed a friend or someone to talk to, you could find one or two, at the least. In farming communities through out, before the industrial revolution, communities were usually united in their beliefs, with everyone attending churches. They were united in their culture, for the most part. We could call it homogenization. There was a fair amount of unity and solidarity.

How would you possibly put the world back like that now? We are mixed, disunited, independent, fearful, distant, having nothing to do with each other. Our daily activities do not unite each other. We do not run into each other in the same small Main St. town center. We might drive 5 or ten miles to shop, where we will not likely run into anyone that we live near. We work with people we do not live near. People we live near are total strangers in every way. We move constantly. No one stays anywhere for long. In previous times, we were born and died in the same town or area.

We were tied to the land. Now employment leaves us like nomads, constantly wandering and changing places, losing social connections, if we ever formed them to begin with. Our whole society and way of living is the exact opposite of what we need and what is best for us. All this needs to be fixed and changed before we can truly help people. We can cure people with primal therapy, but then where do they go to fit in and be nurtured and reinforce each other? No where! We are still alone and isolated.

Let me share some observations I had in the religion I used to belong to, Jehovah's Witnesses (JWs from here on in), so called, but not really. People might be contacted at the doors. Those who contacted them would study the Bible with them, teaching them things they had not known or been aware of before. Bonds of trust and affection would develop. Guards would come down. People were getting attention. If felt great. I know. It happened to me, too. They invite you to the church, which they call Kingdom Halls. A stupid name for what is otherwise, still a church. Everyone greets you and is nice to you and accepts you. It feels great but it is not genuine but you do not know that at the time and you are desperate and you do not even know that, either. You've never really known yourself as you should have. You could have, but you did not know to bother. You did not know.

You become involved in their activities and feel like you belong. That is what we need. We need to feel connected and belonging to parents, to a family, to a community, to even larger networks of many  communities and towns. But with the JWs, this acceptance was superficial and phony. Once a person was a baptized member, the connection with their new "parents" would slowly dissolve and fade. In some cases, the studies felt a strong attachment to their "tutors." One "tutor" I watched, was just in it for the numbers. She would bring a person or couple in and as soon as they were baptized, she would drop them like a hot potato. They would feel hurt, lost, and alone again. Often the rest of the membership did not pay attention to them, either. So they soon disappeared.

We need love to last. We need to fit in and belong and be loved, always. When that love disappears, we suffer again. Art says that if we get rid of all our primal pain, we will not have such longings. True, they will not be as strong and needy, making us vulnerable to "addiction." But even in a perfected state, we still need love and belonging. We were never meant to be alone. But in a messed up world where everyone is nearly psychotic and treacherous, it often feels preferable and better to be alone than to get your guts ripped out so we avoid people, for fear of harm. But we still long for warmth, trust, love, and belonging.

To truly and fully heal people, we need to heal the whole community and all the surrounding communities far and wide so we do not have to fight wars or worry about night time raids or similar. So to heal an individual is to heal so little. Arthur seems to me, to miss this key factor. He says we need to be able to open up to people. Just anyone? Really? I say he is nuts. I say that can be dangerous. Some primal patients express dissatisfaction at others who do not understand why they cry. Others can not understand them because they do not understand or know themselves. They have never got to know themselves, though they could have if they wanted to. I did. Sure, I had to have the rug pulled out from under me, but it worked. I realized I had to know myself better, since I got hurt not knowing me at all or enough.

Even if we heal as individuals, we are still threatened by the world. We will still need shelter and protection, maybe even defenses, from a world that can not understand normal feeling people. Art does not address this enough. A "child," which is what most patients really are, still needs the love and guidance of a parent, a teacher, a guide, to help them along. Sure, I can pay Arthur or whoever, but most guides in normal good life are free and need to be free and available whenever, sort of like a pastor in a church or the best friend you have or like that. We need a 2nd opinion or even several to confirm or verify what we might be thinking or are unsure of.

Art can not give these after therapy is done. Therapy falls far short of what we truly and desperately need. Arthur is far less than candid about all this. Our world needs healing so that we can nurture each other and care for each other, so that at any particular time, we can all be parents to each other at times and all be kids to each other at times. We were created and designed as a species and not just individuals. Called it evolution if you prefer, but like dog packs, we function in groups, not in isolation. We absolutely are social animals and we need to accept that. It is our inborn nature embedded in our genetics.

So we all need to be healed together, at the same time, together. Art can not do this or even come close. He says he offers the whole package but that would be impossible but Art is always offering the impossible. Maybe he just does not fully appreciate the WHOLE problem. Either that, or he is just protecting his job and income/market, which I would think would have to be a factor, for if he told the whole truth, few would ever bother with therapy in the 1st place, I suspect.

But may be you can now appreciate why I say that God is the only one that can fix this whole mess but only with those willing to voluntarily submit, heal, and grow. The rest got to go if they will not submit to being fixed. That means we have to recognize that we are broken in the 1st place and that we can not fix the whole problem by ourselves and need something much greater than ourselves, if it is available, and it is!

But whether you accept God or not, surely you can see the vast size of the problem before us. We are all wounded and all need fixed together. No one can force that. We have to be willing. Not many are. To try to fix individuals only, is really just to correct a small piece of the problem, which still leaves many problems to cope with and deal with. I never said life would be easy. I'll leave that for Art or his wife, who seems to suggest that healing will solve everything and that it is easy and just do it!. Sure, and they lived happily ever after, too. If you need the Mother Goose or a Fairy Godmother solution, be my guest, but it does not work for me.

But I do not believe God is a Mother Goose fairy tale. The logic and reasoning, yes, the science (evidence), which verifies the flood, and prophecies fulfilled, all gives quite reasonable grounds for belief-faith-trust that there really is a God and plan going on. Or you can stick to that Fairy Godmother stuff if you prefer. Either that, or accept the meaningless vanity that life truly is. So you got 3 choices there to pick.

But now just focusing on the individual, we still have some missing pieces. Exorcising the pain deep within is certainly desirable, though more affordable and within local reach. Regular cognitive types of therapy do not recognize this deep primal pain. But as well, we do need some sort of construct and understanding of life and the world, a philosophy to guide and serve us. We need to be able to use our intellect effectively. We need to be able to develop it and make it razor sharp. It is an essential tool and aspect of our personality and being. Cognitive types of psychology address this some, but not nearly deep enough. Art and PT does not address it at all. Naughty, naughty.

But as far as developing the intellect, no psychology of any type is teaching or recommending that. It is totally absent. So we need to heal the whole species. We need to heal the individual. We need to help the individual grow and develop his analytical mind and help him to construct a philosophy of his own.

Consider the brain's pain map and sensory maps. The brain has an image of the nerve networks throughout the body. An image of the nerve network! You can chip off a limb but its memory and place in the brain map is still there. People who lose limbs still sense a limb there. If the nerve connection is broken, we still sense the limb but have no control over it. Some have managed, through constant attempts to send signals to a nerve and limb, to actually rebuild the nerve connection and gain back use of the limb or area of the body. Dr. Becker's "The Body Electric" can help you understand why that is, from a scientific standpoint.

But the mind also has a map of the outside world inside it, too. Philosophy is that map of the world, a set of beliefs and understanding about how things work and what our limits are, and our possibilities are and how we can get things done. so we need to make sure our philosophical map and rules or, to steal a couple terms from geometry, the postulates and theorems of life, are correct and accurate. But philosophy is often only partially existing. It is something we have to build deliberately and expand and revise over time. It does not come all built like a pain map does.

And just as we can not rid e a bike at first, we need to learn how to use our intellect. It is a skill to be learned and sharpened, even as we might develop an athletic skill or learn a subject or language.

So when it comes to personal development, I find many self help gurus and promoters more useful than many psychologists. These modern day "philosophers" attempt to understand, explain, and define life and its parameters. Psychology does far less of that and that is why the self help industry is thriving. It is affordable, reachable, sometimes even sensible.

The goal of psychology ought to be draw in philosophy, intellectual development, pain eradication in Pt, and the universal healing of the entire species and all levels between individual and species such as family and community. That is a lot to take on. But it deserves nothing less. This is the sum of Whole Psychology, the Grand Unified Theory of Psychology.

We need to develop a strong body of broad general knowledge in order to be truly useful. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. We are each links in the chain of our species. We need to understand our place in ourselves, in our family, our community, our species, our planet, our universe. Its one big whole connected picture.

Art's Confusion
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But this is why I say that primal therapy should be a therapy of last resort for the most hurt or disturbed people. For it is the most problematic therapy there is. And Arthur says he is the only one able to do it. He does not want to share his ideas and tricks that makes him the only legitimate practitioner. Here is what I say about that. If he is not trying to protect his income and market, then he should release as much info and instruction as possible so that as many as can, can apply the therapy. He should do this because he cares about the entire species and not just individuals.

Now he says one must go through the therapy themselves in order to practice. But surely you and he can see that he did not go through it till after he began practicing it. Why can not the rest do that? He says because they can do a lot of damage and that people are extremely vulnerable in a primal state. Fine, but again, Art says that even what he was doing 5 years ago is not adequate now. So if that is so, then surely what he was doing 40 years ago was incredibly inadequate and many failures were experienced. If it was OK for him then, then why is it not OK, now?

Either others should be allowed to learn and progress in how to practice the therapy or really, maybe the therapy is just too delicate for anyone. For it is my opinion that Art is sometimes like a bull in a china shop. And I say that except in the worst of cases, it is best to skip Pt or wait on God if you are so inclined. I believe God will employ Pt on a mass scale when the time is right and He is good and ready and we are, too. He knows the human being and human mechanisms better than anyone else.

But if it is to be done now, it surely needs expansion from what Art does now. The patients need to be helped to learn strong analytical and investigative skills they can use on their own to grow with, being as independent, and not depending on others, as much as possible. In fact, I think it needs to become almost like a religion, culture, or lifestyle, where you can go to and identify with others of the same mentality. Art would shudder in horror, no doubt. But forming our own communities would help some of those problems I brought up previously.

But such groups should keep a very low profile for governments and controllers would not like such a movement at all. It would be a bitterly persecuted community or movement since it threatens to awaken people from their slumbers and release them from a state of hypnosis and enable them to think strong and independently. If there is one thing an authoritarian government hates, it is people who think for themselves and have their own way of doing things and not going along with the officially approved and mandatory government plan for each of us.

This too, may be why Arthur does not tell, practice, and preach the full whole truth of healing. For if he did, he might up nailed to a cross, or burned at the stake, beheaded, or fed to lions. Its been known to happen. But to give people anything less than the absolute truth is to compromise and cooperate with those who rule against our benefit. For whether you compromise a little or a lot, you compromise and it helps us just get worse. So you are either part of the real and whole solution, or you are part of the whole problem.

You know, think about this for a minute. Christians in their early days, say 30 AD up to about 325 AD, were bitterly persecuted in many nasty ways. Why? What did they do that was so horrible? The Answer? They disrupted what those in power wanted to do with people. Most persecution was fully authorized by Roman Emperors. Christians upset the apple cart. The empire had created a means to control people and make people do whatever it was the rulers wanted. And they wanted continued supplies of soldiers to conquer and increase power and wealth.

Christians did not give a damn about the ambitions of Emperors. Christians were for peace, and for getting people to think and be better people and think about their lives and their future and about how the world could be improved. They were more concerned about healing individuals and having them obey God's rules rather than those of Rome. For this and this alone, they were beaten, tortured, killed in a number of brutal but creative ways. Women were not uncommonly made to serve as prostitutes for soldiers or others. Kids were taken away. For nearly 300 years this went on. Why? Because Christians had their own way of doing things and did not care about the Empire's way of doing things. Empires are not very tolerant, then or now.

That would seem to leave Arthur Janov as part of the problem rather than the solution. He needs to come to grips with the many objections I raise and take on a course that will be far more dangerous, thereby affecting his income, for sure. If not that, he needs to stop lying and denying as much. There is an illustration in the Bible that he will not like and not many do, but here it is, anyway.

Broad, spacious, and easy (and safe, so it seems), and very popular to travel, is the road leading to destruction, or if you prefer, to self annihilation of the species of humans. Hard to find, narrow, unpopular, difficult and challenging (and very dangerous) is the road leading to life or the healing of our species.

If you want to go down in history as a great hero, you must be willing to suffer and die. Why? Because some humans have always sought to dominate and use the majority of their species to please the selfish interests of that small persecuting dominating controlling minority of maybe 10% or less. And if you seek to help the downtrodden majority in any way, you will be despised and hated for doing so. This is a major theme of the Bible, too.

So if Arthur wants to be able to look in the mirror, and face his ego head on, then he needs to recognize that he will either need to elevate the downtrodden and risk his life and living, or just keep doing what he is doing, which is holding back much of what he should be promoting. But then maybe he should have a lot less to say and be more reasonable.

Or if he wants his life to have some real meaning and purpose in his life before he dies, so he can feel good about dying and leaving something behind, then he needs to forsake concerns of prosperity and security and risk being despised, slandered, and hated by the orthodox establishment in power. There are no other choices. But it seems to me that Arthur is on the wrong side of the fence right now or at least trying to straddle that fence, which does no good. He needs to get off the fence and risk something. Otherwise, he can just keep doing what he is doing and none will be the wiser, myself excluded. I am on to him and the world and I take risks and have suffered great losses along the way, too. And I am delighted with those results and feel good about what I have done. I feel a great sense of accomplishment. My life and my labor will not be in vain!

Arthur, do you want to be forgotten and maybe even ridiculed, or do you want to be remembered forever? Its your choice now. For those who follow Art, do you want to partially heal and die a meaningless life or do you want to stand for something and do something that will live forever. That is you choice now. Follow the blind and go down with them, or finally wake up from your intellectual sleep fast, before it is too late. Life is short and time even shorter. Snooze and you lose!

The Conclusion
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The human race is psychologically injured and needs healed, as a species as well as individuals. That is a tall order, far beyond our ability. A healed race could created a much better way of life and living, one that is good for people, not bad, as it is now. As individuals, we need need inner knowledge, awareness, and integration of our feelings. But we also need a true accurate understanding of what is outside around us. We need good effective habits of the intellect to serve us along side our feelings and adding another dimension to our feelings.

These are far beyond our grasp and reach. We are outnumbered and insignificant compared to those who do not want to heal and are not aware. To fix it all requires absolute power and  .  .  .  absolute know how of how to do it. Such overwhelming power is not in us as a species. Evolution never equipped us for this task. It has the appearance of something cut out for extraordinary circumstances that only a God could handle. But is that realistic? Let me put it this way!

If it is not realistic, we are certainly doomed, for the human race is in the clutches of primal pain and madness. Time to hug each other and say goodbye. A realistic appraisal cannot hold out any hope. Only false delusional hope can anesthetize us till we go up in smoke together. On the other hand, God would be a solution, if He were real. I only ask that you consider why He might be real, from the standpoint of rational logical reasoning that we can all discern and apprehend. What Jefferson called self-evident. If He is not real, then He, too, would be a delusional hope to anesthetize us.

But I do not believe He is unreal or unrealistic. I believe the evidence is solid, if we are willing to accept that what is called real science is actually lies, distortion, and cover-up. But you have to have the courage to investigate honestly and sincerely. Forget what organized religion says. The establishment controls that as much as they do science and academia. You might also have to come to grips with your own prejudice and hatred of the concept of God or a god. Its your choice.

Another thing that God offers, if we can believe the Bible, is that longing to have meaning in our lives. The chance to live endlessly, forever, allows the ultimate meaning and purpose, since now we can stay around to make sure our deeds last. Our work will not be for nothing. It fills an empty part of us, that was always intended to be filled. Primal Therapy can not do that or ever do that.

But if you reject God, don't stand there and tell me there is another hope or purpose and meaning to life. Because then you are the one in delusion, denial, and pathology of the mind, despite primal therapy. Primal Pain has assured us of our inevitable extinction. Most can not handle that very real fact. Too gloomy and threatening. Your primal fears will never let you accept that. So you must find a courage somewhere inside you to be strong and face down the scariest of all fears and then say, it is time to seriously consider God objectively. And then if that does not come up as realistic, then forget about saving the world and just enjoy life in any way you can for you do not have long to do so. I have to be honest. Don't go around living lies.

I have works in plan for at least getting my scientific research out in limited form so you can at least search out science matters by books I recommend. These books reveal evidence of incredible volume that do suggest a relatively recent beginning for humans, and expose faulty science, and show a very recent (5,000 years) major extinction event that can only be explained by a massive comet/asteroid impact, resulting in a fractured crust and massive temporary flooding, exactly as described in the Bible. And this one doesn't end with the dish running away with the spoon and the fork or the cow jumping over the moon, either.

The evidence for the Exodus of Israel is also well testified to in archaeological evidence. I will show this, too. Like so many Bible facts, it is bitterly suppressed and avoided, much like Primal Therapy is by the mainstream. You should not be surprised at that. And then there is the very remarkable aspect of Bible prophecy, which few dare to investigate, since it might lead to to have to accept a God concept, heaven forbid. But for any book to forecast the current state of our world some 2000 years previous, is no ordinary book or origin.

But I give you this final warning. You know how strong primal fears are and how they constantly mislead and misguide us. These will continually meddle with you. They will sabotage your every effort to get at truth, any truth. My proof of that? Notice how hardly anyone accepts Primal Therapy and Theory and yet, you do. So you see how it misleads the world. It is the same with God and the Bible.

Now many like to blame the Bible for those who misuse it. Some misuse money, guns, or food. We misuse all sorts of things. The Bible is just on more thing to abuse. Don't blame or judge what you really do not know because most who advocate the Bible also do not know it. In fact, how many people really know that much about any thing? Not many. Those who go against the grain and the prevailing winds of peer pressure of the world are always few, regardless of what field we speak of. You will always be in the minority if you use your own objective head.

Now many will say, Apollo, you have tried to push religion down our throats. I thought you were going to address psychology and PT. Yes, I did address those. But real science and real evidence can not, in an honest investigation, ignore or leave out the truth and that does involve, like it or not, God. Further, I do not want to leave you without hope, as long as I can show the hope is not far fetched. So as I see it, any search for healing or for truth will have to include God. It can not be avoided.

Cults & Mind Control
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I had to throw this one in. Which is stronger, a cult or mind control? What is the difference you ask? Oh, well let me handle that.  A cult controls all aspects of your life. You live with the group and you are never alone and everyone is a potential snitch if you question anything. Every aspect of your daily life in monitored and controlled at nearly all times. Constant surveillance. That is a cult in short. They got you by the balls. But it is often forced control. The heart of the person might still not believe or be loyal.

Mind Control, as I will define it, does not control your day to day existence. You are separate from the group, living on your own. You are connected socially but with limits. This is not the same mind control allegedly practiced in secret by sinister agencies. Mind Control is used to describe certain religious situations where invisible force is used as leverage to maintain obedience and loyalty and prevent criticism and thinking. If you step out of line, you are shunned and lose your social network, often including relatives who also belong to the group. It is often more than enough to keep the member and make him behave. And a benefit of mind control is that it is much more hidden and less obvious to many outside observers.

I let out the 3rd one because no one believes in it ;-) This is the mother of all con jobs. This is where a person is a real and true believer, all of their own accord. They have been perfectly deceived and bought into the whole thing. Even if everyone else defected, these would remain faithful. Now, it is very hard to separate a fooled believer from one who believes for "good" reasons. But often, those deceived are those who do not think for themselves and were handed a doctrine which they fell for, in sincerity. I fell for such a thing once! On the other hand, a person who has slowly built up their own ideas over time, without regard for any comfort or belonging, is much more likely to believe, but still be able to update ideas and change, if evidence suggests the need to. He has no concern for any party line.

If you can convince a person of their own accord and they are persuaded, you will never need to guard them or continually use the force or threat on them. They do not need to be forced. They are true believers in every sense of the word. They will not likely be able to be changed or persuaded by reason. They will not allow it. Once programmed, they will not deviate.

The good believer will always be open to reason. it does not mean he will find your argument persuasive but he follows truth because of the best discernible reason supporting such. If future evidence should bring that into question, he may decide the evidence is convincing and change. these are very rare, because they require tremendous independence and almost no regard for the consequence of his choices. He can only feel good when he can think freely of his own choice. Nothing else is as important. The fool always had consequence in the back of his mind and is careful not to venture out too far. Freedom of thought is not his main concern.

The "fool, the "true" believer, is far more valuable to deceivers and manipulators. He does not need overt threats. He is very discerning of threats without ever admitting them to himself. His ego might prevent him from admitting he is a slave to another. He is a big man and thinks for himself, he tells himself. But he is lying to himself. He does it all the time. He is the kind that all controllers love. but he is the hardest to make, too.

So Cults are most controlling but because of that, least effective on dissenters. Mind Controllers are more subtle but not as well guarded. If one is doubting or unsure, they might find something to stimulate bold thought, though it is rare. But the true believer? Oh, he is to dream for. A mindless obedient slave who loves his position and will never forsake it in all likelihood. He is too afraid to think all by his lonesome.

When it comes to thinking, the lone rugged individualist is the real hero to model and imitate. He is also the biggest threat to orthodoxy and hated the most, by far. Look for the one ostracized and you might very well have a hero. What can you say about someone who will throw away that thing which we all want most? Acceptance and belonging!  Think about it! Are you up to it? Is it really something to desire? To answer that, I ask this: Is finding the truth more important than anything else in the world to you? If it is, then you may be up to it.

Jun 19, 2013

There is alleged, with what I believe is overwhelming evidence that another form of mind control, secretly carried out by governments and that invisible world power that controls most governments, exists and is practiced all over the world and in big numbers since after WWII. It has likely existed in some more undeveloped form, for the last couple hundred years if not longer. It involves torture and hypnosis, as well as drugs and electronics. People's minds can be programmed without their conscious knowledge and they can be made to do things they would not have done otherwise.

Many books are out already, and the victims numerous, if not sometimes confused. False memories are often implanted to fool the victims and those who listen to them. What is done is horrible and on a mass scale. It allows total secrecy for those who program adnd use these people, who in most ways, resemble robots rather than people in control of their own faculties.

There is much to be learned about the mind and human being through the revelations that come by means of some of the victims. I cite Brice Taylor (aka Susan Ford and Susan Eckert) and Kathleen Sullivan. Many others have published or been published by others with their testimony. But this stuff can expand our understanding of the human being's mind, thought not to be used. We have what we need in our natural form and ways. We do not need torture nor should we be tortured. But over time, I may get to write some stuff here or elsewhere, that expand on my theories and Janov's, too.

But I urge all to read at least one book on this monstrous practice and what goes on in secret places. Hypnosis is (can be) dangerous and harmful and should not be sought or submitted to. But you can learn a lot from those who were forced into it by parents or kidnapped into it.

But I want to state that this form of mind-control is distinctly different from that which is commonly described by religious people in regards to unhealthy religions and cults. So be aware that this term has 2 uses and meanings that are both popular, but the secret government stuff is the far more powerful form of mind-control, often referred to as MK, which is an abbreviation for Mind Kontrol, a German spelling of Control. Many CIA projects had MK in front of them such as MK-Ultra and MK ULTRA.

I Predict  .  .  .
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The mark of any good sound scientific model is its ability to predict results and outcomes. I believe solidly in the Bible because of its amazing ability to predict far ahead of time and in great detail. Anyone who can predict behavior shows a good understanding of human nature and some real ability. So, I have laid out many things of great concern to me. Maybe they got validity or maybe not. But if they are any good, I should be able to make some predictions. Can I? Well, lets give a it a try.

Those who will get upset by me and they will be many, will not address reasoning or logic. they would lose if they did. It is a major constant and never changes. It never will. Lies always avoid direct confrontation of the facts.

They will attack the person's character and insult his motives. They will have no basis but will insinuate. They will go through elaborate but empty logic. No evidence will be presented to support it. They never change.

They will resort to that old tired Elitist Authoritarian position. I am not qualified. I am awash in pain. I have not read enough. I am attacking the past. Oh, those could all be possible but there is no way to prove them, unless they got all my past, which may or may not support them. And they will not address my supporting evidence and reasoning. Or: I am totally disconnected from my pain. Elitist, of course, but they have nothing else.

The odd thing about all this is that what they will accuse me of, will often apply much better to them. They are in sheer terror of what I suggest. They will be nearly hysterical. I saw this with Jehovah's Witnesses, when you got near the truth. Pure panic.

They will suggest that I am crazy, believing far fetched things. Unseen forces! Invisible! Invisible, yes, but within the realm of observation and reason. A conspiracy nut or  wacko. They might be right, there ;-) Oh, and they will have little to no sense of humor. Too angry for that? OK, now that I baited them, they might try ;-) But it won't be very funny!

They might just decide that silence is the best course. Why look worse than it already is? Trying to confront and overturn truth is no easy stunt. It is, in fact, impossible. Best just to run and hide. Most mainstream avoids Primal Therapy completely. That is what will likely happen to me.

The only other possibility is persecution and that would have to come from elsewhere, I suspect. Ignoring me would be more effective. Publicity, even if bad, is never a good thing. No publicity is the best publicity for liars and cheats.

Oh, and you will not see any changes, in the least, to PT. Guaranteed! I know who I am dealing with and what motivates them.

There you have it. Lets see what happens!

Try Part 2 Next
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I have suggested, based on my own assessment, some things about Arthur Janov and his theories. I have not supplied the full evidence that is merited here in this substantial article. I have given you an overview of psychology as I see it, with Primal Therapy duly considered. But I do not want to leave out or avoid giving evidence in more detail. Those familiar with PT and Arthur, will recognize much of what I say, even if they do not agree with it.

But in Part 2 of this effort, another article, I will supply ample evidence to attempt to support what I suggest. From Art's books and blog! Not to show him up as tragically in error, but only to reveal that he ought to be questioned as all people's thoughts and ideas ought to be critically examined before they are accepted, if they are accepted. Many who believe in PT do not critically examine Art's ideas and swallow every word he says as if a god said it.

Primal Therapy is a remarkable discovery. I believe in most aspects of it. I have some reservations, too. I have found PT advocates to be deficient a few areas. So I attempt to correct this. In order to do that, I must show where Art goes wrong, so that he, and/or, his followers can correct their errors if they want, and if they can even see or recognize those. We all are continually blinded by ourselves. We are usually our own worst enemies. Can we accept that? It takes a brave person to do so.

So I encourage you to consider Part 2 when it is finished, so that you can decide for yourself if Pt is the whole answer, or something that needs to extra additions, as I suggest. At the very least, alternative views insure that we have been thorough in our investigation. So I hope you will give it a view if you found any merit in this article.

Links to Consider    as well as some Books/Authors
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Here is how Dr. Janov's site is listed on his website:
The Janov Primal Center - For Treatment, Training, and Research - Where Primal Therapy is a Science: 
Dr. Janov's Blog:
The Primal Psychotherapy Page - A Resource For Those With Interests In the Regressive Deep-Feeling Psychotherapies

The Primal Institute - Former Wife of Arthur, Vivian Janov, heading this Institute.

Thomas Szasz -
I linked to Amazon's section and list of Szasz's books. The Myth of Psychotherapy is an excellent book. The Myth of Mental Illness is good but he has updated it since I read it. I have a collection of his books from 80s and early 90s. Just a great critic of the professions of psychology and psychiatry, exposing fraud, pretentiousness, hypocrisy and more. You need to read the 2 books I mention specifically. But his others are good, too. He helps to put this entire field in perspective.
wikipedia link to Szasz and his works:


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