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on 5 September 2007
I was impressed with this take on primal wounding, particularly with regards to how it can play itself out in terms of addictive behaviour later in life. The real test of the book was in lending it out to others and finding that the people I'd lent it to then bought copies of their own. I was helped by the concept of the upper and lower unconscious, and the diagrams that went with this were useful, too. The primal wound is one of those primary concepts that found its way into the heart of my practice as a counsellor, and this book contextualises it incredibly well.
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on 29 January 1999
Jonh Firman's "The Primal Wound" (with help from partner Ann Gila), is definitely not just another self-help book. It is the book to read if you want to understand the deep dynamics of growing up and the wounds or the primal wound that you carry.Using the wonderfully post-Jungian model of Psychosynthesis, Firman details in clear and simple language the development of wounds and how they create a survival personality that is different from one's authentic personality. The book is a gem, full of ideas from amny sources. The integration of them will cause transpersonal theorists to take a closer look at what psychosythesis theory has to offer.This book shows that it has a lot to offer because it is integrative and synthesizing in nature. This dynamic is part of the structure of Psychosynthesis and Firman's book proves that we haven't heard the last of him. There is a wealth of material here and wisdom as powerful as it gets.
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VINE VOICEon 30 November 2010
The Primal Wound looks at how childhood wounds carry forwards to influence our adult behaviours. It explores our deepest dynamics with ourselves and with the exterior other. The content is taken from the Psychosynthesis model and framework which looks at many deeper issues; showing us how we form different parts of our personality (adapted parts) to survive. It also looks at how these adapted parts called Sub-personalities play out to the world. This book is very insightful and an intelligent look at our human Psyche. The theme is identifying / recognising our individual primal wound and with these insights working towards healing the wounds to free up our potential.
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on 22 November 2015
Its okay. It is a little abstract as it expected the reader to have a strong foundation in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic principles. The book build on that foundational knowledge. I did struggle to grasp and apply the principles into my clinical placement.
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on 25 April 2015
Great book, well written and valuable material, highly recommended
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on 31 December 2014
Excellent quality!
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