Recognition of body-mind unity requires acceptance of the fact that the body in its form and motility expresses the individual's personality as much as behavior and thinking. If there is to be a change in personality, the body must reflect that change. To change bodily attitude, one should work directly with the energy dynamics of the body. By mobilizing a person's energy, one opens up deep feelings that are otherwise inaccessible. This is critical in the treatment of depression which is directly connected to an energetic collapse in the body. The address will describe how one increases an individual's energy to promote his pleasure in life.
Topical Panel 02 from the Evolution of Psychotherapy 1990 - Treatment of Despression and Anxiety
Featuring Alexander Lowen, MD; Donald Meichenbaum, PhD; Paul Watzlawick, PhD; and Joseph Wolpe, MD.
Moderated by Michael Yapko, PhD.
Topical Panel 07 from the Evolution of Psychotherapy 1990 - Sexuality
Featuring Albert Ellis, PhD; Helen Singer Kaplan, MD, PhD; Alexander Lowen, MD; and Judd Marmor, MD, PhD.
Moderated by Joseph Barber, PhD.
Topical Panel 11 from the Evolution of Psychotherapy 1990 - Transference / Countertransference
Featuring Alexander Lowen, MD; James Masterson, MD; Rollo May, PhD; and Erving Polster, PhD.
Moderated by Ruth McClendon, MSW.
This workshop will discuss and demonstrate how to involve the body in the therapeutic process. There will be a live presentation using volunteers from the audience. A video presentation also may be shown and discussed. Basic bioenergetic techniques will be demonstrated. The role of sexuality in emotional problems will be examined.
This workshop will focus on physical (muscular) tension in the body and relate it to emotional conflicts in the present, derived from early childhood experiences. Specific attention will be paid to temporomandibular tension and to disturbances in breathing. Asthma will be examined as an emotional problem. The dynamics of headaches will be studied, and techniques for releasing underlying tension will be demonstrated.