Have you ever screamed … out loud? Not sitting in grid-locked traffic, not at your partner arguing over who locked the keys in the car, but a raw, guttural, agonizing scream that came from somewhere deep inside you, that you have become totally disconnected from? A scream so jagged and saturated in pain, that the very release of it left you completely numb and void of every other human emotion? It felt almost PRIMAL!
This release leaves you utterly spent … standing in what is only the whispers of repressed emotions, rage and pain that you had buried deep for years.
While there is an endless array of therapies that have been long accredited and recognized for their success in helping patients deal with repressed emotions and pain, connected to traumatic childhood events, Primal Scream Therapy is one I had not heard of till only recently. And it has me intrigued as heck!
For every therapist who praises it, there are those who oppose it and want to debunk it, labelling it as pseudoscience.
What is Primal Scream Therapy
Primal Scream Therapy was created by Dr. Arthur Janov in the late 1960’s and was publicly introduced in the 1970’s with his book The Primal Scream.
While most psychologists can agree, at least to some extent, that mental illness can often be the result of, or associated with unresolved, traumatic childhood pain, that tends to be where the cordial conversation ceases.
Janov claimed that this trauma and pain can be healed, by allowing a patient to re-experience those incidences and that pain FULLY. And in that safe environment ,feel those emotions and release that pain through spontaneous, unrestrained and oftentimes intense screaming, yelling and sobbing.
Seems to me that releasing deep pain has tremendous potential to heal, rather than swallowing emotional bile for years.