The Primal Scream

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The Primal Scream. Primal Therapy: The Cure for Neurosis
File:The Primal Scream (first edition).jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author Arthur Janov
Country United States
Language English
Subject Primal therapy
Published 1970 (Dell)
Media type Print (hardcover and paperback)
Pages 446
ISBN 0-349-11834-5

The Primal Scream. Primal Therapy: The Cure for Neurosis is a 1970 book by Arthur Janov, the inventor of Primal therapy.


Janov describes the experiences he had with 63 patients during his first 18 months (starting in 1967[1]) discovering and practicing Primal therapy. He claims a 100% cure rate.[2]


The Primal Scream has been called "incredibly popular".[3] It was read by tens of thousands of Americans and brought Janov fame and popular success. This inspired many therapists who had not met Janov to start offering imitation primal therapy, and led to the proliferation of programs offering happiness through radical personal transformation.[4]


  1. Back-to-Back Fires Damage Analyst's Primal Institute, L.A. Times. 1989
  2. Primal Therapy this year´s rage, Boca Raton News, 16 June 1971
  3. Laing, Adrian (1994). R.D. Laing: A Life. London: HarperCollinsPublishers. p. 165. ISBN 0-00-638829-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Mithers, Carol Lynn (1994). Therapy Gone Mad: The True Story of Hundreds of Patients and a Generation Betrayed. New York: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company. p. 54. ISBN 0-201-57071-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>