Dr. Arthur Janov (born 1924) is the inventor of Primal therapy and directs a Primal Center in Venice, California, USA. He is a licensed psychologist in that state. He is the author of ten books, including The Primal Scream, which advocated expressing long-repressed feelings of pain and anger in raw, emotional wails. His writings were the inspiration for the names of British pop bands Tears For Fears and Primal Scream, as well as John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1970 album Plastic Ono Band. Janov's more recent work, including The New Primal Scream, claims to have advanced beyond mere 'screaming' to embrace a more sophisticated and integrated approach. One of the fundamental principles of Primal therapy remains that therapeutic progress can only be made through direct emotional experience which allows access to the source of psychological pain in the lower brain and nervious system. According to Primal therapy, psychological therapies which involve only talking about the problem (referred to as "Talking Therapies") are of limited effectiveness because the cortex, or higher reasoning area of the brain, has no ability to affect the real source of psychological pain in other areas of the brain.


  • The Primal Scream (1970) ISBN 0349118299
  • The Anatomy of Mental Illness (1971)
  • Primal Man: The new consciousness (1976) ISBN 069001015X
  • The Primal Revolution (1972) ISBN 0671216414
  • The Feeling Child (1973) ISBN 0349118329
  • Prisoners of Pain (1980) ISBN 0385157916
  • Imprints: The Lifelong Effects of the Birth Experience (1984) ISBN 0399510869
  • New Primal Scream: Primal Therapy 20 Years on (1992) ISBN 0942103238
  • Why You Get Sick and How You Get Well: The Healing Power of Feelings (1996) ISBN 0787106852
  • The Biology of Love (2000) ISBN 1573928291
  • Grand Delusions -- Psychotherapies Without Feeling (2005); unpublished manuscript available at the Primal Center's website [1]
  • Sexualité et subconscient : Perversions et déviances de la libido (2006) ISBN 2268057208 (original english manuscript titled Sex and the Subconscious unpublished as of May 2006)
  • Primal Healing: Access the Incredible Power of Feelings to Improve Your Health (to appear 2006) ISBN 1564149161

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