Fear of Life

Fear of Life

by Alexander Lowen

An internationally acclaimed psychiatrist and author challenges the fears that prevent men and women from experiencing healthy, joyful, and fulfilling relationships - Are you torn by fear of: love and being loved, letting go, sexual fulfillment, uncertainty, being yourself, failing, death and dying?

Through self-acceptance, self-possession, and self-expression you'll learn how to achieve a harmony between your inner and outer worlds that will lead you to a far richer, happier, and healthier life.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Psychology
  • Rating: 4.25
  • Pages: 263
  • Publish Date: January 1st 2003 by Bioenergetics Press
  • Isbn10: 0974373702
  • Isbn13: 9780974373706

What People Think about "Fear of Life"

Dr.Lowen, who was a student of Reich, takes this basic paradigm (the unhealthiness of the neurotic mind as manifested in the unhealthiness of the body) and applies it across 300 or so pages in his analysis of human behavior.

Furthermore, a struggle against this fate only ensures it because one would only end up using the tools of the ego and will, through the values of power and progress, to try to overcome it. Usually the context of this original breaking can only come to us through dream work and the like, though we suffer immensely in the present and continue to play out the character structures fate that it imprinted upon us. The former half, the way one kills his father metaphorically is by striving for success and power to compensate for ones spirit, being, animal nature and sexuality being broken (or psychologically castrated) in childhood. There are other cultures that do not have the preeminent values of power and progress and they do not suffer from the degree of neurosis we do in our modern civilized society. They accept their animal nature, their bodies and their fates and live at one with the ebb and flow of nature rather than seeking to overcome it like we, in modern society, do. In modern society we have more power and choices than those in uncivilized cultures, but as a result we struggle with anxiety over making the right choice and thus actually experience less fulfillment though we are freer (but are we really?). Lowen masterfully explains the intracacies of the bind that the modern man and neurotic is in, being both afraid of life and death and being unable to accept his being. Lowen also explains how neurosis is passed on from generation to generation through the unresolved oedipal situation that is a natural phase of development for children but one that our society has been ill-equipped to consciously navigate in a way that doesnt result in the breaking of the childs spirit and being. This is why accepting failure and ones fate is all that can be done in a sense, if there is the slight possibility of changing it seemingly. In conclusion, on a more personal reflective note, the books impact on me so far has been to validate and give words to this vague struggle of being a neurotic in modern society. I feel more able to accept that these challenges in modern society are to be expected and that striving to overcome them might actually make them worse paradoxically which was the experience that led me to read this book originally.

The author looks at the mechanisms that many of us used to get through unsafe childhoods- suppressing emotions or repressing sexuality by tensing corresponding muscles.

But if you are really really committed to understand why you feel a certain way, destroy a big chunk of your belief system, pay the price with some depressing times, this book can make miracles. (Unless you're used to psychoanalysis) The book if filled with very important paradoxes and contradictions that you must understand in order to live a more fulfilling life: - You need to accept your fate, whatever it is, in order to change it. "Struggling against fate only enmeshes one more deeply in its coils." I will not write more and let you read the book if you feel like. While being able create more meaningful and fulfilling work providing more value to the world.

El libro describe casos específicos con pacientes de Lowen, todo descrito por el propio autor, de una forma sumamente familiar.

The IIBA now has over 1500 members and 54 training institutes worldwide. He also has presented his ideas in untold numbers of interviews, on video and audio tapes, and lectures worldwide.