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Reich, Lowen and the IIBA: Facing the Challenge of a Conflict Ridden World
Virginia Wink Hilton

What’s the Use of Violence?
Ron Robbins

Shock, Trauma, and Polarization: Finding Unity in a World of Dualities
Michael Maley

A  Somatopsychic Relational Model for Growing an Emotionally Healthy, Sexually Open Body from the Ground Up
E. Tuccillo

Bioenergetics and a Paradoxical View of Sexuality: how characterlogical development is related to current erotic life!
Diana Guest

Is there Healing Power in Rage? - The relative contribution of cognition, affect and movement to psychotherapeutic processes
M. Koemeda-Lutz

Explorations into the Neurological Basis of our Sense of Self
Anton Lethin

Bioenergetic Boundary-Building
Bennett Shapiro

Reich, Lowen and the IIBA: Facing the Challenge of a Conflict Ridden World
Virginia Wink Hilton

Summary
This paper addresses the double emphases of the 2005 International Conference: the theme of “Human Nature and Conflict Resolution” and the 50th anniversary of the IIBA. The author summarizes the lives and the contributions of Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen in light of the theme, and as prelude to the development of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis. Particular attention is given to the major conflicts, both personal and socio-cultural, that arose in the lives of these men, and their differing responses to them. The question is addressed: What can we glean from our history that may give us inspiration, and a realistic sense of direction for contributing to healing and to change in these conflict-ridden times?

Key words: Wilhelm Reich, Alexander Lowen, History of IIBA, Socio-cultural conflict, Sexuality, Sexual Politics

What’s the Use of Violence?
Ron Robbins

Summary
As unpopular as the thesis may be, a look at the developmental processes that underlie our early growth indicates that at every maturational stage new potentials for violence naturally arise. This paper traces the emergence of these potentials as they grow out of the maturational steps of our body. It is suggested that violent potentials can be useful to therapy and the context of their applications is key to determine their value and the meanings we make of them.

Key words: Violence, Development, Rhythmic Integration, Context, Acting-out and Catharsis.

Shock, Trauma, and Polarization: Finding Unity in a World of Dualities
Michael Maley

Summary
Polarization and disconnection represent the most difficult and harmful threat to our life force and vitality and are often at the core of our client’s symptoms. This paper discusses two of the most polarized emotional states we encounter in our clinical work – shame and trauma – and some ways to view the healing of those states.

A  Somatopsychic Relational Model for Growing an Emotionally Healthy, Sexually Open Body from the Ground Up
E. Tuccillo

Summary
There is a foundation of relational elements upon which healthy adult sexuality is built. We have learned from Bioenergetic, Psychoanalytic and other developmental theorists that from birth on the child’s capacity to connect, to make contact, and to expand energetically into relationship grows in depth and in complexity; and that the child’s sexuality emerges developmentally along a path of increasing awareness of loving feeling, and somatic sensations and psychic perception of excitement and pleasure. This paper looks at the impact that the parent-child relationship can have toward the development of healthy, life-affirming, sexuality. Sexuality is at the core of the life force and it is organized by early relational events. Healthy sexuality has its origins in the complex nurturant attachment process and is formed in the mutual love and joy of the parent-child bond. There are key relational elements that characterize this bond that work synergistically to support healthy sexual development. They are: safety, love, acceptance and nurturance of the life force, admiration and adoration, and the positive parental model of relationship. Sexuality is an adventure, a journey that one must be equipped psychologically to take. These key elements are fundamental for the journey to be positive, constructive and life-affirming.

Key words: Psychosexual development, sexuality, bioenergetics, parenting, relational child development

Bioenergetics and a Paradoxical View of Sexuality: how characterlogical development is related to current erotic life!
Diana Guest

Summary
Sexual health is one of the main priorities of Bioenergetic Analysis. This article explores and introduces a useful adjunct to bioenergetic therapy by blending a new paradigm of sexual erotic development with traditional characterological and bioenergetic perspectives. The author shares her discoveries regarding the relationship between core erotic themes and characterological issues.

Is there Healing Power in Rage?
The relative contribution of cognition, affect and movement to psychotherapeutic processes
M. Koemeda-Lutz

Summary
The question of what people need in order to change is still open to debate. The paper reviews evidence for when cognitive clarification and insight needs to be accompanied by emotional arousal, containment and / or expression and how motor activity facilitates experiential and / or behavioral change. A ficticious case is presented in order to illustrate different approaches for a first session. The paper reviews some neurobiological findings on the interactive modulation of unconscious and conscious levels of experiencing and behavior. A pilot study is reported in which the induction of hyperventilation and two bioenergetic exercises were examined with respect to their relative potency to facilitate psychosomatic change.

Key words: Body psychotherapy, emotion, motor behavior, neuroplasticity, unconscious behavior control

Explorations into the Neurological Basis of our Sense of Self
Anton Lethin

Summary
The sense of self as a covert agent is a key component to the sense of self. This paper focuses on covert action as a preparation to interact. This activates the entire motor system, including the gamma motoneurons innervating the muscle spindles. The proprioceptive stimulation is fed back to the network of origin, contributing to a sense of self as generating the covert activity.
A study of motivated behavior in the rat is presented to clarify how the motivation potentiates actions in the body. This is set into Panksepp’s subcortical action system of emotional circuits, where the motivation arises. This sets the motor tone for the planned action.
This picture is interpreted with Ellis’s and Newton’s model portraying how emotional motivation can lead to phenomenal consciousness. It is proposed that no motor imagery occurs without involving the body. The higher levels of awareness depend on the subcortical bodily intentionality.

Key words: periaqueductal, covert, gamma, facilitation, somatosensory.


Bioenergetic Boundary-Building
Bennett Shapiro

Summary
The purpose of this article is to stimulate you to think about your own boundary issues and explore five Components for strengthening your boundaries while experiencing three exercises. There are six sections:
Strong Boundaries vs Weak Boundaries discusses how strong healthy boundaries are formed when, as infants/ young children, our outgoing impulses are met appropriately; conversely, weak boundaries result from our impulses being met inappropriately, and/or even hurtfully.
Which Boundary is More Like Your Own Boundary? asks you to consider if your boundary issues are ‘too loose’, ‘too tight’, or a combination of ‘loose’ and ‘tight’.
Five Components of Bioenergetic Boundary-Building describes the energetic, muscular and psychological aspects of five major components for Boundary-Building, and each component’s usefulness in tightening boundaries that are ‘too loose’ or loosening boundaries that are ‘too tight’.
Three Physical Exercises for Strengthening your Boundaries gives you some direct experience of the five components; doing these exercises will help strengthen your boundaries and diagnose your boundary issues.
Utilizing Boundary Supports describes the various boundary supports, the effects of exercises involving these supports, theoretical explanations and implications for ongoing therapy.
Future Investigations.

 
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