Are you a narcissist? Do you interact with someone who is? Contrary to popular belief, narcissists do not love themselves or anyone else. They cannot accept their true selves, constructing instead fixed masks that hide emotional numbness. Influenced by forces in culture and predisposed by factors in the human personality, narcissists tend to be
• More concerned with how they appear than what they feel
• Seductive and manipulative, striving for power and control
• Egotists, focused on their own interests but lacking the true values of the self -- self-expression, self-possession, dignity, and integrity
• Without a solid sense of self, which leads them to experience life as empty and meaningless
In this groundbreaking study, Dr. Alexander Lowen uses his extensive clinical experience to demonstrate how narcissists can recover their suppressed feelings and regain their lost humanity. By the use of Bioenergetic Analysis, the psychotherapy created by Dr. Lowen, a new possibility of a fulfilling and authentic life is presented for people with narcissistic characteristics and for those who interact with them.
About the Author:
Alexander Lowen, M.D. (December 23, 1910 - October 28, 2008) was an American psychotherapist and father of Bioenergetics. A student of Wilhelm Reich, he developed Bioenergetic Analysis with John Pierrakos, and founded the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (IIBA). His clinical work has led to insights that have become mainstays of modern psychiatric understanding and psychotherapeutic practice, and has inspired body-psychotherapy modalities, such as Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) and Biosynthesis.
Dr. Lowen's innovative approach views the body as an essential component of overall health and focuses on helping people reconnect with their bodies. He was the first psychotherapist to have patients stand on their feet and pioneered numerous exercises aimed at releasing chronic muscular tention and repressed emotions.
"Grounding, Breathing, and Vibration are the three basic Bioenergetic principles." A person who doesn't breathe deeply reduces the life of her/his body. If one doesn't move freely, the life of the body is restricted. If one doesn't feel fully, it narrows the life of one's body. And if self-expression is constricted, the life of the body is limited. A person does not "have" a body, a person is a body."
This strong conviction and Dr. Lowen's passion to help people heal their mind-body split led to the creation of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (IIBA), which remains the leading training organization for Certified Bioenergetic Therapists, and now has over 1500 members and 54 training institutes worldwide. Sustaining and promoting Dr. Lowen's therapeutic approach, Bioenergetic Analysis is now practiced not only in the United States, but also in Canada, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Israel, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and other countries.
Dr. Lowen authored 15 books, which were translated to a dozen different languages. His books were well received and continue to be published worldwide. He also wrote numerous articles and other professional publications, and established the Journal for Bioenergetic Analysis, which gave him much satisfaction since it provides an ongoing forum for examining and furthering the ideas he pioneered.
When asked during an interview in 2004 what has given him the most meaning in life, he responded without hesitation, "feeling the pleasure and life of the body."
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