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Author Lowen, Alexander, 1910-2008.

Title Bioenergetics / Alexander Lowen
Published New York : Penguin Books, 1976


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 W'PONDS  616.8914 Low/Bio  AVAILABLE
Description 352 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents FROM REICH TO BIOENERGETICS -- Reichian Therapy, 1940-1945 -- Work as a Reichian Therapist, 1945-1953 -- The Development of Bioenergetics -- II. THE ENERGY CONCEPT -- Charge, Discharge, Flow and Movement -- You Are Your Body -- Mind, Spirit and Soul -- The Life of the Body: The Bioenergetic Exercise -- III. THE LANGUAGE OF THE BODY -- The Heart of Life: The Heart of the Matter -- Interacting with Life -- Body Signs and Expressions -- IV. BIOENERGETIC THERAPY -- A Voyage in Self-Discovery -- The Core of Therapy -- Anxiety -- V. PLEASURE: A PRIMARY ORIENTATION -- The Pleasure Principle -- The Ego and the Body -- A Characterology -- The Hierarchy of Character Types and a Bill of Rights -- VI. REALITY: A SECONDARY ORIENTATION -- Reality and Illusion -- Hang-Ups -- Grounding -- VII. FALLING ANXIETY -- The Fear of Height -- An Exercise in Falling -- The Causes of Falling Anxiety -- Falling in Love -- VIII. STRESS AND SEX -- Gravity: A General View of Stress -- Lower-Back Pain -- The Sexual Release -- IX. SELF-EXPRESSION AND SURVIVAL -- Self-Expression and Spontaneity -- Sound and Personality -- The Eyes Are the Mirrors of the Soul -- Headaches -- X. CONSCIOUSNESS: UNITY AND DUALITY -- Expanding Consciousness -- Words and the Heightening of Consciousness -- Principles and Character
Summary 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. Dr. 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. Dr. 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. Dr. Lowen analyzes common physical ailments like headaches and lower back pain and shows how they too can be overcome by releasing the muscular tension 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. "In this highly interesting and valuable attempt to restore the body to the mind, Dr. Alexander Lowen sets out in a practically useful way the principles of his new form of psychotherapy. Bioenergetics is destined to become widely influential." -Ashley Montagu
Notes Reprint of the ed. published by Coward, McCann & Geoghegan
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes First published in Great Britain Coventure, 1976
First published U.S : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1975
Subject Bioenergetic psychotherapy.
Mind and body therapies.
LC no. 76019065
ISBN 0140043225 (paperback)