Body of Knowledge: An Introduction to Body/Mind Psychology by Robert L. Marrone

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And he was honest enough to acknowledge his reciprocal feelings and aroused desires in these situations — to which he gave the name counter­transference.  The talking cure, through free association and memory recall, sexually stimulates or angers the body of the patient and, through more talk, is manipulated and interpreted to the patient by the therapist in the healing process.  The real issue to be addressed, once we remove the smokescreen of the validity or invalidity of psychological healing practices, is our own attitudes toward the body and to touch; as well as our adherence to long­established professional principles and ethics.

Why, in our so­called liberated society is the practice of physical touch so forbidden in virtually all forms of psychotherapeutic intervention?  Other patients, too, had become filled with gratitude that didn't seem merited to Freud, while others had grown hostile or angry with him for no apparent reason.  And he was honest enough to acknowledge his reciprocal feelings and aroused desires in these situations — to which he gave the name counter­transference.  The talking cure, through free association and memory recall, sexually stimulates or angers the body of the patient and, through more talk, is manipulated and interpreted to the patient by the therapist in the healing process.

In addition to working with lived­body experiences through body awareness and concentration, Perls' methodology, like Reich's, places great emphasis on breathing, posture, stance, and nonverbal expression of repressed feelings and emotions.  For the business to be truly finished, blocked energy must be released from these muscles of the body and be permitted to express itself as various forms of movement.  The work of the Lomi School, originating in California, gradually spread to Western Europe during the 1970s and 1980s, where it continues to thrive.

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