For those who don't know him, here's a short description from Wikipedia
The main idea of Janov is that most people suffer from early childhood traumas (like child abuse, parental abandonment or simply lack of love or attention etc ...) and that those traumas still live in us generating all kinds of mental and even physical disorders like neuroses, depressions, obsessions, stress, anxiety which can even lead to somatic diseases like cancer or heart problems...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Janov
Arthur Janov (born August 21, 1924) is an American psychologist, psychotherapist, and the creator of primal therapy, a treatment for mental illness that involves repeatedly descending into, feeling, and experiencing long-repressed childhood pain. Janov directs a psychotherapy institute called the Primal Center in Santa Monica, California. Janov is the author of many books, most notably The Primal Scream.
What is Primal Therapy by Dr. Arthur Janov
The main thesis of Janov is that those traumas cannot be addressed by 'classical' psycho-therapies based on 'talk cures' which generally fail to heal ... talking about past traumas is not efficient enough, because those traumas have to be relived, re-experienced fully, with all their emotional content ... and those 'primal therapies' can be really impressive as can be seen on this video interview (sessions start at 0:55)
What I realized is that meditation itself is a form of 'primal therapy'.
Most people think that meditation is only a quiet space of peace, but this is not the case. Meditation is really about facing one's emotions and fears (and also the compulsive thoughts arising from those emotions), about living some difficult situations from the present or from the past ... it is a kind of 'fight' but without resistance ... and only when those emotional situations have been faced and lived and fully experienced, can peace come into the mind ...
This is also why meditation is a difficult practice for many people, they don't want to face their own emotional states ... so they can never heal themselves ...
As Jung said:
“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”