Welcome to our blog on affective neuroscience and how it can be applied to heal human suffering. We’re just getting warmed up here so be patient – we’ll be posting regularly very soon. In the meantime, mosey on over to the “about” page and learn more about why we are writing this blog.
Peter and I have been friends for forty years and over that entire period we’ve been involved in deep feeling therapy (primal therapy) in an attempt to heal our childhood wounds and open to a more fulfilling, integrated, and feeling life. When we met, each of us was suffering personally and searching for a more authentic, real life in a world that was, and still is, crazy in so many ways.
Going through this process has given us a touchstone by which to judge the genuine from the fake, the sane from the insane, and the real from the bullshit, and there is so much bullshit these days. That in itself is painful; as you get healthier on a personal level, you become more sensitive to the insanity that drives our market-driven society.
Peter went on to become a lecturer in political science and Bruce became a medical writer after a number of years working in a biomedical research lab. Both of us are passionately committed to exploring the scientific foundations of deep feeling therapy. Each week, we read the literature on the early life origins of mental illness and find confirmation for what we learned so long ago down on the mat: that early trauma leaves a lifelong imprint on your life.
Although deep feeling work helps many people heal those imprints, it doesn’t help others. We’d like to know why. And when it does help, what is happening in the brains and lives of the people who get better? What is the actual mechanism of healing, both in the brain and in our social interactions? Can it all be attributed to the relationship between therapist and client, as some claim, or is there a neurological reconnection process going on between regions of the brain, as Arthur Janov says?
We’ll be exploring this in future posts so I’ll hope you join us!
Bruce and Peter
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