Year: 1974 Source: Journal of Primal Therapy, v.1, no.3, (Winter 1974), p.193-200 SIEC No: 19850801

Arthur Janov, Ph.D., explores the primal theory that people attempt suicide because something went wrong with their birth process. In primal therapy, suicidal thoughts do not often appear until patients have reached a point of access to represssed pain. Suicidal ideation persists for a long time in therapy, but the author claims patients learn how to cope with such impulses, which eventually disappear. (NBB)