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primal therapy

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Definition of primal therapy in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A form of psychotherapy which focuses on a patient’s earliest emotional experiences and encourages verbal expression of childhood suffering, typically using an empty chair or other prop to represent a parent towards whom anger is directed.
Example sentences
  • He should have spent some time listening to former patients in primal therapy who resolved various problems after recovering their birth memories.
  • With its handwritten message in felt pen, it was originally sent as a thank note to Sir George from Beverley Hills in 1970 by John and Yoko while they were in Los Angeles undergoing four months of primal therapy.
  • The woman who once admitted to smashing plates as a form of primal therapy, and who used to run upstairs as a girl and sing along to The Sound of Music to drown out the rows, is now, she says, ‘in the happiest place in my life’.

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