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Primal Therapy
3 September 2013
8.55am
LikeASir
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So apparently he and Yoko went to Primal therapy sessions in 1970. Primal Therapy is essentially a form of psychotherapy that focuses on childhood trauma. So my questions are these: 1) Why did John and Yoko go to these sessions, and 2) How did this affect him? I remember reading in a thread (I can't remember which) that said John often liked to call Yoko "Mother" or "mummy". Maybe his childhood trauma of being detached from his mother either caused this with Yoko and/or made him go to these therapy sessions?

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3 September 2013
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Expert Textpert
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If I recall correctly, John first became interested in it because he liked the idea of a "primal scream," since it reminded him of Yoko's vocals.  They never actually finished the therapy, so basically a lot of things were opened up for John and then never resolved.  That's why there is so much raw pain on the Plastic Ono Band album.  John did have a fixation on his mother that went very deep (to the point of crossing into the taboo).

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

3 September 2013
4.22pm
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There's that infamous incest-y audio diary he did about his mother...very strange...

 http://afloydianslip.tumblr.com/

"White Album - My joint-fave Beatles album along with Revolver. They show the two sides of Beatles. Revolver's very controlled - even though it's also very innovative. The White Album's playful and almost ramshackle. It's like a scrapbook kept by a genius. Fantastic stuff."

3 September 2013
4.43pm
mccartneyalarm
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Expert Textpert has it right. I often wondered why John didn't seek out other sources of counseling for the pain he was carrying around about Julia and Alf. I am guessing he was afraid to go there, as it were. I know Yoko didn't trust psychologists. I read that she thought their intentions were to control people and what they thought and felt. It is sad to think that perhaps John could have had some resolution to the intense pain and anger he suffered if only he would have tried to get some help for it. I feel John's feelings/relationship with Julia are as complex and unexplainable as his feelings/relationship with Yoko.

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4 September 2013
2.21pm
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^ More than that, I think that his relationship , and the whole situation altogether, with Yoko actually has a lot to do with that that he had (or didn't have) with Julia.

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