Primal Wound

Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Homicide Inspector Val Picard suspects Cicely may be responsible for the disappearance of a young preschool teacher. Lies and betrayal lead to additional murders. But who is at fault?

Primal Wound

When Cicely Scott sets out to find her birthmother in rural New Hampshire, she uncovers a dark family saga of insanity and murder. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Homicide Inspector Val Picard suspects Cicely may be responsible for the disappearance of a young preschool teacher. Lies and betrayal lead to additional murders. But who is at fault?

The Primal Wound

All of this , according to the authors , can be traced to the primal wound — a dark
specter of isolation , abandonment , and alienation haunting human life . The
primal wound is the result of a violation we all suffer in various ways , beginning
in ...

The Primal Wound

Argues that a primal wounding of the human spirit occurs in earliest human life that disrupts fundamental relationships and leads to anxiety, loneliness, and alienation; and shows how this wounding can be redeemed through therapy and through living one's life differently. To many of us, modern life is a headlong rush to avoid dark feelings that threaten to disrupt our lives at every turn. In order to block the surging tide of this hidden level of experience, we become enthralled with violence, sex, and mass media and addicted to alcohol, drugs, and power, and we compulsively strive for romance, success, and control. All of this, according to the authors, can be traced to the primal wound--a dark specter of isolation, abandonment, and alienation haunting human life. The primal wound is the result of a violation we all suffer in various ways, beginning in early childhood and continuing throughout life. Because we are treated not as individual, unique human beings but as objects, our intrinsic, authentic sense of self is annihilated. This primal wounding breaks the fundamental relationships that form the fabric of human existence: the relationship to oneself, to other people, to the natural world, and to a sense of transpersonal meaning symbolized in concepts such as the Divine, the Ground of Being, and Ultimate Reality. In this book, Firman and Gila apply object relations theory, self-psychology, transpersonal psychology, and psychosynthesis to the issues of psychological wounding, healing, and growth and show how this wounding can be redeemed through therapy and through changing one's way of living. "Firman and Gila integrate important material from diverse schools of psychology and then expand it with their personal touch. The Primal Wound presents a scholarly--yet understandable to the educated lay person--description of some of the important dynamics of psychological wounding from a broad perspective, while also going deep into the soul and even exploring our relationship to God. There is little available on this topic and in the area of trauma psychology." -- Charles Whitfield, M.D., author of Memory and Abuse: Remembering and Healing the Wounds of Trauma "I believe this book's central thesis to be highly provocative and important. Its strength is that it uses the idea of the 'primal wound' as a focus for a diverse collection of ideas from various sectors of the psychological and transpersonal literature. This kind of integrative scholarly work is very valuable. " -- John Suler, author of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Eastern Thought John Firman and Ann Gila are teachers, authors, and psychotherapists in private practice in Palo Alto, California. Both were trained in psychosynthesis in the early 1970s, and Firman trained with its founder, Roberto Assagioli. They are adjunct faculty members at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and lead public and professional programs both in the United States and abroad.

The Primal Wound

Nancy Verrier examines the life-long consequences of the primal wound' - the wound that is caused when a child is separated from its mother - for adopted people.

The Primal Wound

Originally published in 1993, this classic piece of literature on adoption has revolutionised the way people think about adopted children. Nancy Verrier examines the life-long consequences of the 'primal wound' - the wound that is caused when a child is separated from its mother - for adopted people. Her argument is supported by thorough research in pre- and perinatal psychology, attachment, bonding and the effects of loss.

Adopted Women and Biological Fathers

It is my thesis then that situated within a polarised field of trauma and wellbeing,
wholeness and fragmentation, adoptive subjects, as victims of a primal wound,
are discursively constituted by this fantasy of incompleteness. Let us now analyse
 ...

Adopted Women and Biological Fathers

Adopted Women and Biological Fathers offers a critical and deconstructive challenge to the dominant notions of adoptive identity. The author explores adoptive women’s experiences of meeting their biological fathers and reflects on personal narratives to give an authoritative overview of both the field of adoption and the specific history of adoption reunion. This book takes as its focus the narratives of 14 adopted women, as well as the partly fictionalised story of the author and examines their experiences of birth father reunion in an attempt to dissect the ways in which we understand adoptive female subjectivity through a psychosocial lens. Opening a space for thinking about the role of the discursively neglected biological father, this book exposes the enigmatic dimensions of this figure and how telling the relational story of 'reconciliation' might be used to complicate wider categories of subjective completeness, belonging, and truth. This book attempts to subvert the culturally normative unifying system of the mother-child bond, and prompts the reader to think about what the biological father might represent and how his role in relation to adoptive female subjects may be understood. This book will be essential reading for those in critical psychology, gender studies, narrative work, sociology and psychosocial studies, as well as appealing to anyone interested in adoption issues and female subjectivity.

Soulfulness

By the same token, Stages Three and Four of the therapy are just as much about
healing developmental trauma, healing the primal wound, and repairing the
fractured relationship with Self as are Stages One and Two. So, psychospiritual ...

Soulfulness

This book brings the wisdom of the ancient healing practice of shamanism together with the insights of contemporary psychology to provide an integrated approach to the treatment of traumatic symptoms.'Soulfulness' has two historic shamanic roots: Mayan and Native American psychology - a psychology of Self - as expressed in the many aspects of the Medicine Wheel, the wheel of health and wholeness; and the Shamanic Journey and Soul Retrieval, as practiced in traditional societies throughout the world, notably the Tungus tribes of Siberia. This book presents the ancient wisdom of shamanic theory and practice in a form which is fit for use within the mainstream of twenty-first century psychotherapeutic endeavour, including an extensive explanation of Shamanic Psychology and a practical description of the ceremonies of the Shamanic Journey and Soul Retrieval.

Coming Home to Self

Although written with adopted children and adult adoptees in mind, Coming Home to Self is a book that can help anyone who has experienced an early childhood trauma or feels the need to re-examine their life and who they are.

Coming Home to Self

Although written with adopted children and adult adoptees in mind, Coming Home to Self is a book that can help anyone who has experienced an early childhood trauma or feels the need to re-examine their life and who they are. From understanding basic trauma and the neurological consequences of trauma to step by step methods of healing, Verrier's book will help readers discover their true self, take responsibility for that self and discover their personal spiritual path.

Conjugate Gaze Somato Emotional Release A Novel Approach to Physiotherapeutic Mind Body Therapy

The most interesting thing about all of this is that the events she explicated to me
occurred after she was unconscious. The 'primal wound' was exposed sufficiently
for her conscious mind to re-unite with the repressed experiences that her body ...

Conjugate Gaze Somato Emotional Release A Novel Approach to Physiotherapeutic Mind Body Therapy

Conjugate Gaze Somato-Emotional Release is a novel approach in the release of repressed mind-body traumatisms. The Conjugate Gaze approach works toward facilitating central nervous system processing through the activation of the hypothalamic limbic axis, and the use of specific reflex contacts and verbal cues. Such diverse topics as "the psychic space" and "the alternate psyche" will open new avenues in the treatment of somato-emotional disorders.

Italian Film in the Shadow of Auschwitz

It signified a kind of primal wound, an unprecedented outrage, the violation of the
protective cocoon that the ghetto walls – once prison-like, but ever since the
Risorgimento, welcoming and reassuring – had come to offer. It is with this primal
 ...

Italian Film in the Shadow of Auschwitz

Throughout the book, Marcus brings a variety of perspectives to bear on the question of how Italian filmmakers are confronting the Holocaust, and why now given the sparse output of Holocaust films produced in Italy from 1945 to the early 1990s.

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Collaborative Therapeutic Assessment

... in either the adoptive parents and/or the child. 2. Understanding adoption as “
the primal wound” or an early attachment trauma (Axness, 1998; Verrier, 1993)
might be an important aspect of an assessment with adopted children and teens.
3.

Collaborative   Therapeutic Assessment

A guide to conducting Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment to promote client growth Mental health professionals are increasingly enthusiastic about and ready to use psychological test data, research, and theory in life-relevant ways to improve diagnosis, client care, and treatment outcomes. With Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment (C/TA), clients participate actively with the assessor in exploring how their test scores and patterns reflect who they are in their daily lives and how they can learn to help themselves cope with life's challenges. Using a case study approach to demonstrate how to apply C/TA in practice, Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment provides practitioners with a variety of flexible and adaptable case examples featuring adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families from different backgrounds in need of treatment for assorted concerns. Designed for both experienced and novice clinicians, the book begins with a brief history of C/TA, and provides clear definitions of the distinctions among many common approaches. It uniquely presents: Eighteen diverse C/TA assessments covering: depression, multiple suicide attempts, severe abuse, dissociation, an adolescent psychiatric ward, custody evaluation, a couple in crisis, and collaborative neuropsychology Guidance on how both client and clinician can agree on the best course of action through joint exploration of assessment procedures, results, and implications Closely related approaches to psychological testing, including Individualized Assessment, Collaborative Assessment, Therapeutic Model of Assessment, Collaborative/Therapeutic Neuropsychological Assessment, and Rorschach-based psychotherapy Clearly labeled Teaching Points in each chapter Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment provides psychologists in all areas of assessment, and at all levels of experience, with powerful C/TA examples that can dramatically illuminate and improve clients' lives.

Medical Brief

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portant substitutes . grievous fear which the primal wound The powerful
anesthetic qualities of must have excited in the bosom of iodoform are hardly less
 ...

Medical Brief


The Romantic Dream

The Dionysiac epitomizing of suffering should not be romanticized : separated
from Apollo , Dionysos stands for the primal wound at the heart of being . The
healing catharsis of tragedy is the communal loss of individuation in the separate
 ...

The Romantic Dream

Although criticism on the medieval and Renaissance dream abounds, a strange lacuna exists in the critical literature of dream in the English Romantics. Every major Romantic poet relied frequently and explicitly on dream imagery, and Romantic poems conduct a long discussion about the meaning, power, value, and provenance of dreams. Douglas B. Wilson's book traces the wide web of connections that the Romantics wove between dreams and other expressions of consciousness: sensation, emotions, illusions, creativity, personality, and memory. Situating his study of the Wordsworthian dream between ancient interpretation and Freudian interpretation, Wilson gains a new perspective on the oneiric moment of Romanticism while liberating it from a narrowly psychoanalytic reading. Wordsworth embodies virtually all of the dream theory of his time, thus making him the perfect object of Wilson's multiple approaches to dream activity as poetic creation. - Back cover.

First Steps in Parenting the Child who Hurts

The term trauma is taken from the Greek, meaning a wound, and has been
extended to encompass both physical and psychological hurts. It is very
appropriate that Nancy Verrier (1994) adopted the title The Primal Wound for her
 ...

First Steps in Parenting the Child who Hurts

Offers advice for adoptive parents on attachment and developmental issues arising from separation, loss, and trauma in early childhood.

The Medical Brief

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portant substitutes . grievous fear which the primal wound The powerful
anesthetic qualities of must have excited in the bosom of " | iodoform are hardly
less ...

The Medical Brief


Behaving Like Adults

I hadn't told Nick, but after his adoption news I'd searched the internet and
ordered a book entitled The Primal Wound. I just wanted to understand how he
felt a little more closely. Understanding is the key to forgiveness. Mostly. The
book cited ...

Behaving Like Adults

Holly runs a dating agency. Up to now she's had no need of her own services, but, convinced her relationship with her fiancé Nick has staled, she turfs him out and determines to go in pursuit of hearts-and-flowers romance, true love and the soul-mate she has convinced herself must exist. In the meantime, to get back into practice, she accepts a date with the hugely eligible Stuart. Rich, arrogant and charming, he's not her type at all, but he's her guinea pig. But Stuart rather likes Holly. And he's used to getting his own way. Much to her dismay, Holly finds Stuart won't take no for an answer and suddenly things don't look so easy. Brimming with warmth, perception and understanding, Anna Maxted once again mixes the heart-breaking with the humorous to deliver a page-turning, laugh-out-loud, emotionally satisfying read.

Ante Nicene Christian Library

... life with tears , and with that primal wound which severs the child from her who
bears him ; never received the copious ablution , nor the medication of salt and
honey ; 4 nor did he initiate a shroud with swaddling clothes ; ' nor afterwards did
 ...

Ante Nicene Christian Library


Ante Nicene Christian Library Tertullianus against Marcion 1868

... forthwith to inaugurate the light 2 of life with tears , and with that primal wound
which severs the child from her who bears him ; 3 never received the copious
ablution , nor the medication of salt and honey ; 4 nor did he initiate a shroud with
 ...

Ante Nicene Christian Library  Tertullianus against Marcion  1868


Supergenes What Really Makes Us Human

Nancy Newton in her excellent book The Primal Wound (1993) emphasises that
the bonding of mother and child is a continuous physiological, psychological and
spiritual event which starts early on, within the womb. The separation of mother ...

Supergenes  What Really Makes Us Human

Why do we behave so differently in different situations? Why did you choose the clothes you are wearing, the books you read and the friends and opinions you have? What is it about humans that has let us achieve so much, so quickly? This book tries to understand why the evolution of our human species is happening at a rate so much faster than may be explained by Darwinian biological evolution alone. The engine of our extraordinary social evolution is human behaviour. We have a deep-seated need to pass on to others some part of our own achievements, what we have made of our lives. Our survival and success now depends principally on our adaption to our social environment and not to our physical environment. It is these supercharged social genes that are the essence of our remarkable and accelerating rate of evolution today. This book looks critically at our present understanding of human behaviour and evolution to seek a consilience across a wide range of fields of research. More at www.supergenes.net

Psychosynthesis Counselling in Action

Firman, John and Gila, Ann (1997) The Primal Wound: A Transpersonal View of
Trauma, Addiction and Growth. New York: State University of New York Press.
Firman, John and Gila, Ann (2002) Psychosynthesis: A Psychology of theSpirit.

Psychosynthesis Counselling in Action

Psychosynthesis Counselling in Action is the definitive introduction to the principles and techniques of the approach. Demonstrating the need for people to find a more positive meaning to their lives, Diana Whitmore guides the reader through the four main stages of the counselling journey, explaining how the wide range of practical methods can be tailored to different client needs. This Fourth Edition includes: Three new chapters – a new case study chapter and two appendices on the application of psychosynthesis in the coaching field and in youth work. New content on positive psychology and the therapeutic relationship. Updated chapters on diagnosis and assessment and counselling process. Enhanced pedagogy and new case studies. It is vital reading for those seeking an introduction to psychosynthesis, as well as practitioners of other orientations who wish to incorporate this approach into their own therapeutic work. Lady Diana Whitmore, MAEd is Chief Executive and a founding Director of Teens and Toddlers UK.