Words are neither the problem nor the solution

“Words are neither the problem nor the solution. They are the last evolutionary step in processing the feeling or sensation. They are the companions of feelings.

We cannot make progress on the third-line cognitive level alone. We can become aware of why we act the way we do but nothing changes biologically; it is like being aware of a virus and expecting the awareness alone to kill it. Our biology has been left out of the therapeutic equation.

Janov’s Reflections on the Human Condition: On the Difference Between Abreaction and Feeling (Part 6/9).

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