Alexander Lowen sets out in a practically useful way the principles of his new form of psychotherapy. Bioenergetics is destined to become widely influential. An exploration of the way the mind can heal the body, including symptoms, diagnoses, exercises and more. Alexander Lowen. Bioenergetics is the revolutionary new therapy that uses the language of the body to heal the problems of the mind. This exciting body-mind approach to personality has a liberating and positive effect on emotional, physical, and psychic distress.
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This exciting body-mind approach to personality has a liberating and positive effect on emotional, physical, and psychic distress. Alexander Lowen, founder and prime mover of this fast-growing therapy, writes that increased joy and pleasure are possible i Bioenergetics is the revolutionary new therapy that uses the language of the body to heal the problems of the mind.
Alexander Lowen, founder and prime mover of this fast-growing therapy, writes that increased joy and pleasure are possible in every day life through an understanding of how your body functions energetically: how it determines what you feel, think, and do.
Lowen points out that lack of energy is the result of chronic muscular tensions, a condition caused by the suppression of feelings. These tensions can be dissolved through the direct body work in bioenergetic exercise, which restores the potential for living a rich, full life.
Lowen analyzes common physical ailments like headaches and lower back pain and shows how they too can be overcome by releasing the muscular tenstion that create them. Generously illustrated with line drawings of bioenergetic exercises, this book is sure to bring freedom, confidence, and pleasure to thousands of men and women. Alexander Lowen sets out in a practically useful way the principles of his new form of psychotherapy. Bioenergetics is destined to become widely influential.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 1st by Penguin Books first published May 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bioenergetics , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Bioenergetics. Jun 10, Anne rated it really liked it.
Forrest Yoga Certification Homework. Lowen takes a different approach to the body and translates the language of the body. Doctors should be doing more of this, rather than just prescribing drugs. Ever heard of "body language? This emphasis on the body includes sex Forrest Yoga Certification Homework. This emphasis on the body includes sexuality, whic is one of its basic functions.
But it also includes the even more basic functions of breathing, moving, feeling and self-expressions. A person who doesn't breathe deeply reduces the life of his body.
If he doesn't move freely, he restricts the life of his body. If he doesn't feel fully, he narrows the life of his body. And if his self-expression is constricted, he limits the life of his body. Sep 30, Rivka Levy rated it did not like it Shelves: mental-and-emotional-health. Initially very excited to read this book The edition I read was a few decades old, and it could just be that the book's information hasn't aged very well. But in my experience of books, when something is true, it's timeless, and this book just struck me as being 'forward thinking' 30 years' ago, but hopelessly outdated now.
Gli ultimi capitoli sono meno centrati per quello che mi interessava: magari sono invece il non plus ultra per altri lettori. View all 4 comments. Jan 13, Chalice rated it really liked it Shelves: for-therapists. Incredible understanding of how body and mind are linked together.
Helpful for anyone from the working PhD to the stay at home mom. View 1 comment. Jun 12, Haikaa Yamamoto rated it it was amazing. Bioenergetics helped me to set myself free. May 30, Jamie Zigelbaum rated it liked it.
First of all, he is not very likeable as a person. He comes through as narcissistic, ego driven he even admits that his main motivation to become a psychologist was "to become famous" , dismissive and highly uneducated at times - or at least not at all well read.
His dismissing attitude and his laying aside the whole tradition of Yoga in merely two sentences, his claim of having improved upon and adapted it to the west is pretty preposterous and laughable and this is a motife you'll find all throughout the book. Secondly, the authors he quotes which is mostly himself are either very obscure or completely irrelevant to psychology today.
He also doesn't quote many studies and he is in general very unscientific and unsystematic. His "theories" are mere metaphors, his observations remain superficial and in general he often reads like a new-age spiritual quack.
So why do I think reading him might still be time well spent? I encourage you to look at current somatic approaches to psychopathology and trauma. What you will find is that there are many parallels to this early, in some ways pioneering work of Reich and Lowen, who, if I am not mistaken here, were among the first to take psychoanalysis and bringing in into the realm of the body.
You will find, reading Bessel van der Kolk for example, that indeed, f e e l i n g is for many people the crucial step to begin h e a l i n g, and you will find there the research, a plethora of studies, to back up the importance of the body in psychotherapy and in trauma treatment.
You will find that Lowens metaphorical concept of "falling anxiety" falling asleep, falling in love and his ideas about orgasm, maintaining erections, being able to digest and defecate, etc Finally I hope you will find, as I did many years ago, that some of the exercises are actually quite powerful and therapeutic. They have impacted my life quite dramatically at one point and I still practice some of them regularly. There are youtube channels where you'll find the exercises - try and use them; for research, Bessel van der Kolk is a good starting point I think.
Oct 31, Chuck rated it really liked it. Having experienced bioenergetics, I found the book clarifying and validating of my experiences.
What I appreciated most of all is learning that Lowen was indeed a scientist first and foremost. This is no grandiose self-help book. In particular, his description of body types is extremely enlightening. Jul 12, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: nlp. I was sad to learn that Alexander Lowen died only recently. Of all people I would have liked to meet, he is one on the top of my list! May 28, Alexandra Algafari rated it it was amazing.
Absolute genius! Apr 26, Aleksandar rated it it was amazing. Alexander Lowen was a pupil of Wilhem Reich, who later developed his own system of psychotherapy combined with physical exercises, massage and muscle stimulation called Bioenergetics, and this book is explaining the basis of this method. This is a very important book for anyone on the God-realization path. On that path we are trying to get rid of all the mind-patterns that keep us from experiencing the Divine, trough meditation and contemplation.
Many ignore the body, which is a mistake that shou Alexander Lowen was a pupil of Wilhem Reich, who later developed his own system of psychotherapy combined with physical exercises, massage and muscle stimulation called Bioenergetics, and this book is explaining the basis of this method.
Many ignore the body, which is a mistake that shouldn't be made. This book explains how different postures, muscle group tightness, movement speaks about the inner world and the author explains his method of body-mind integration trough talk therapy and exercises. I am very happy that my Guru recommended this book to me, it is very important to understand how the body can be a cage or a vessel. Nov 02, Shelley O'Shea rated it it was amazing.
This is one of the few Bioenergetic books that actually includes the exercises.
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A pioneer in this field, Alexander Lowen, M. It is a therapeutic technique to help people get back together with the body and enjoy the life of the body to the fullest degree possible. BA starts with the reality of the body and its basic functions of breathing, motility, feeling, and expression. BA differs from other forms of therapy in that it combines analysis of personality and character with body techniques and physical exercises to recognize and release chronic muscular tension - a necessary step in overcoming feelings, behaviors, and attitudes that detract from life. BA recognizes the ability of the body to heal itself, and promotes that process.