FEDERICO NAVARRO, PIONEER OF POST-REICHIAN MOVEMENT
A TEACHER OF THE LIFE
XAVIER SERRANO HORTELANO
Psychologist specializing in clinical psychology
(CV141) and psychoterapy. e. Sexólogo and specialist in human systems.
Founder and Director of the Spanish School of Reichian Therapy (ESTER)
Orgonterapist vegetotherapy character-trainer in the European Scuola Di
Orognoterapia with masters like Piero Federico Navarro and Borrelli (Ola
Raknes, disciples, W. Reich collaborator). Creator of Psychotherapy
brief Character (PBC) Professor of specialized schools in Europe and
Member of EAP; EABP; FEAP; FESS; EFS…
Author of articles and specialized books.
El last: "Deepening the Reichian couch. The vegetoterapy in the
caracteroanalytic psychoterapy" Edit. Bibilitoeca Nueva. Madrid,
The author shows some fragments
from the life of the Neuropsychiatrist Federico Navarro (1924-2002), ex-psychoanalyst
and pioneer of Reichian movement in Europe and Latin America and author
of many clinical books. He passed away last October. Also contributes
data of his professional and personal relation with him and exposes a
synthesis of his more important scientific contributions.
Federico Navarro was born on 16
June 1924 in Naples. His father ran a modest transport company and his
mother dedicated herself to home. His relation with his parents was
never affective, and as he remembers at the interview, “the figure
which exerted the most repressive authority was in fact my mother who
talked to me about how important studies were and that was because my
mother never got a degree. My mother used to tell me ”You need to
study so that you don’t become as your father, an ignorant”. That
behaviour so gelding of my mother’s has influenced much on me. I
remember that my mother insisted in saying that the first most important
thing was duty and then might come pleasure”. In 1940 the war burst
out and he was still in the institute. His father was a passive
antifascist. On the opposite side, his father’s brother, an engineer,
was an antifascist, socialist, he was really involved and so he was one
of his main models of reference. Over that period Navarro took part in
the resistance against the Nazis and along with most part of the
Neapolitans helped the rebellion in the town when the Nazis needed to
flee because Americans were already in Salerno. On one occasion a friend
of his was murdered right next to him, a fact which produced a great
impact upon him and which he would always recall with much grief.
When the Americans occupied
temporarily the government of Naples, he joined other antifascist youth
and made part of the then intelligentsia in the town. Among the others
were Francesco Rossi, who afterwards turned to become his family doctor,
Giorgio Napolitano, Ex-Minister of the Interior, Raffaele la Capria,
Antonio Ghirelli, and Enrico Cernia. He also collaborated in the Radio
Naples, on its scientific programmes. In 1942 he entered the University.
His father obliged him to graduate in the major of Law, but his aunt
encouraged him to study Medicine, as he wished, something he did despite
his father’s opposition who stopped supporting him economically. He
graduated in 1948, at the age of 24, starting with his first speciality,
forensic medicine, so he could earn a bit of money assisting autopsies,
surveys, etc. Next year he was enlisted as a naval doctor and he got an
appointment to Australia where he was introduced to F. Leboyer who was a
UN doctor. But when he arrived in Australia after a 26-day cruise he
fell ill and his diagnosis was tuberculosis and so he had to be listed
out and to be treated over several months. Afterwards he worked in the
institute of cancer in Naples and in the meantime, having already
graduated in his first major, he continued his studies in pathologic
He married Anna Maria in 1946
and they got their first child, Diego, in 1953. Two years prior to this,
in 1951, the Chairman of the Anthropology Chair communicated to him that
there was a competition of the Ministry of Justice for the position of a
doctor in the judicial insane asylum. He was not a psychiatrist;
nevertheless, having the diploma in Legal Medicine he was eligible for
the Ministry of Justice. He presented himself at the competition and
won, and by coherence he started the speciality of Neuropsychiatry in
Florence, something he combined with his work. He also started
psychoanalysis with Musatti thinking of continuing his education in the
In November 1954 the Ministry
queered whether there was such a psychiatrist ready to go to Mogadiscio,
Somalia, to organise a Centre of reeducation of under age in
collaboration with the UN. Federico applied and was elected was that job.
This is how he described his experience: “Somalia’s administration
governed by the UN was quite diligent and set up very well. Every day I
was taken to the hospital that was situated in a Somalian neighbourhood.
Once there was an uprising against the Italian administration, so I was
told not to go to the hospital for I might get killed. But I just didn’t
pay attention. I remember that when I got to that neighbourhood I was
told that that was my home and that I could stay there forever.
I had a very nice time there. I
stayed there for a year, until the end of October.
In 1955 I had set up all the
Centre of education but still needed materials from the Italian
administration so I might be able to teach things to those guys, help
them in their work, but that material was never supplied. When I entered
he told me:
“You, apart from what you
get as a salary, do you get anything for the mission?”
“And when you arrived, did
the Administration give you a house?”
“And were you given a jeep?”
“Were they good to you?”
“What more do you want?”
“What do you mean by what
do you want? I want to work, I have come here to work!”
“But what are you talking
about? We are here in Somalia just to show the United Nations that we
can administrate, but in fact we don’t care about any Somalia at all.
I got mad. And so I said, “Your
Excellency, I came here meaning to work in a specific dominion. If
this is impossible and you reckon I’m some sort of exalted or nuts,
would you be so kind as to book me a place on the next plane to Italy?
I haven’t come here for the money because if I wanted money I would
work in Italy. I have come to give a hand to Somalia. Farewell. ”
I got up and left him like a
fool. On the next week I returned to Italy. ”
Before returning to Naples,
Anna who was pregnant again, had spent several months with their son
Diego and her husband in Somalia until Fausta, their second daughter
was born in 1954, in Mogadiscio. Then she returned to Naples with
their children, Navarro staying for a few more months in Somalia.
As soon as he got back to
Naples he continued his work in judicial psychiatry where he was
promoted to the position of a Director, and carried on his studies in
psychoanalysis with Levi-Bianchini.
Over the decade of the 60s the
anti-cultural and revolutionary spirit arrived in Italy, too and
influenced Navarro a lot and for the rest of his life. In his political
activity he abandoned the Socialist Party where he had got to be a
member of the Directive of the Federation of Naples and the only
representative of Pertini’s wing when he entered the power forming the
first government of centrist left, because what he considered was that
it was being bureaucratized and its leaders were getting more and more
separated from reality, from the party militants and from the people. In
the professional area this influence took him to join the anti-psychiatric
movement with G. Jervis and other colleagues carrying out quite radical
reforms in the Centre he was director of. But the administration took
measures and started to boycott him by very severe measures as for
example not allowing him medicines for the epileptics and eventually he
had to resign from that position. Having already completed his education
in psychoanalysis, he started his own private practice in
neuropsychiatry and as a psychoanalyst. Perrotti was his supervisor,
later substituted by Matte Blanco making part of International
Psychoanalytic Association for many years, and in the most critical
sector. His personal dynamic seemed to be conditioned, too. The
relations between him and his wife started being somewhat difficult, and
consequently lead to a separation. In 1958 he came to know a Swiss
female tourist who he fell in love with, and so having lived together,
eventually his third son was born in 1960, named Cristiano. But the
relation didn’t work and the woman returned to Switzerland with her
son. In 1965 he comes to know Roberta, a Belgian doctor who he marries
several months later. Upon those personal conflicts he starts feeling
dissatisfied and starts Jungian analysis along with Aldo Carotenuto,
which he finished in 1966 having passed and together with Bernard the
examination to join the Society of Analytic Psychology in Rome.
But that same summer Navarro
went to spend his holiday on the Stromboli and among the other things in
his luggage was an anthology with W. Reich’s texts compiled by Luigi
di Marchi. The book was titled “The Theory of Orgasm” and was
something new on the book market. In an interview Federico recalled that
“So it was in Stromboli that
I discovered Reich. I informed about that discovery several friends and
colleagues, so we gathered together in 1966 and we found his discourse
quite interesting. We started to meet once a week, a group of study
dedicated to reading his works, and we reached to the conclusion that we
would like to set a Reichian teaching. The only Reich’s alive disciple
in Europe was Ola Raknes who lived in Oslo. We would figure out that
someone of us would go to Oslo and start the formation and then return
back to Italy and set it up with the rest of the people, but there was
the problem with jobs, and abandon jobs and all, and so we thought of
suggesting Raknes to come to spend with us three months in the summer,
as an invited guest, and over that time we would be able to make some
intensive therapy and he would make a holiday over the summer. Raknes
accepted and came to Naples for the summer three successive years. He
made therapy to some five people, some of them neuropsychiatrists. I was
among them, too. At the same time we organised courses, so little by
little a Reichian movement was being developed. “
His experience with W. Reich
was very rich both at a professional level and at a personal level, too.
He met an old man (already in
his eighties) but young as a spirit and full of vividness and tenderness.
He had an exquisite clinical intuition, which allowed him to overcome
personal dynamics that he had not been able to make with his former
analysis, and he encountered in his work a true reflection of W. Reich’s
work noticing the difference with A. Lowen’s “Bioenergetic Therapy”
who he had been introduced to several months earlier.
It is always that I remember
Rakness, I insisted on one of his features: “every therapist must
possess the capacity to maintain a good energetic “contact”, a kind
of empathy with the patient, be able to break the ice, be receptive, and
to be able to feel the other person. Ola Raknes transferred this ability
to me, and he developed it constantly. He was a person that had a great
ability of calming people down. Ilse Ollendorf defined him as “oil in
a raving sea”. Ola Rknes was like that indeed. ”
The education with Ola Raknes
motivated the establishment of the Centre W. Reich at an expanded
cultural and psycho-social activity, so by 1974, with several fellow
psychiatrists, among them Piero Borelli, he founded the “Societa
Italiana di Richerche e Terapia Orgonomica” (Sirto), which culminated
in 1979 with the establishment of “Scuola Europea di Orgonoterapia”
(SEOR), which agglutinated Raknes’s and Navarro’s disciples
scattered around Europe; among their objectives was the one of
structured education in post-Reichian clinic.
His professional identification
as an orgontherapist submerges him into intensive activities aiming to
propagate the work of W. Reich, and in particular, his clinical practice,
the character analytic Vegetotherapy or orgontherapy. Navarro called
himself an “Orgontherapist” following O. Raknes’s tradition and
the tradition means Reich himself, which stands for “therapist of the
vital energy” and “researcher of life”. It was W. Reich who
described the vital energy, “orgon”. This implies a holistic
position before health, whereas the therapeutic target is to reestablish
the essential pulsation of living creatures, the capacity to regulate
and distribute vital energy adequately, alternated by traumatic impacts
and by the dynamic of permanent stress, which is the one that a child is
submitted to in everyday dynamics of most patriarchal families. But what
he called his clinical practice later was character analytic
Vegetotherapy because he presumed that the application of the laws of
“orgon” in the clinical field was too innovative and insufficiently
studied, whereas the clinical experience with Vegetotherapy was known
since 1939, the year when Reich started propagating it, and furthermore,
it had already had quite a worked out system, which Navarro himself
developed under the auspices of Raknes, who could achieve the same
targets as the ones of orgontherapy quite effectively and trustworthily.
The term was not very
comprehensible because the first association about it was the one with
the vegetal world; it was coherent with its theoretic mark, though. In
fact, the reference it makes is to the vegetative or autonomous nervous
system, which is in the decade when more was starting to be known on the
basis of Mueller’s manual, a book by the German internist and his
colleagues’ team. The relation between emotion and muscle had already
been started to be studied from the point of view of the relaxation
techniques and Jacobson and Schultz’s books, but it started being fed
by scientific arguments when the functioning of the autonomous nervous
system began to get revealed, finding out the relation between the
organs, the emotional responses and the muscular tension. As long as it
was the neuromuscular system that it tried to protect, with the chronic
tensions, which Reich would describe as a body armouring, the vital
organs and the emotional impacts, but with short-term and long-term
psychosomatic pathogenic consequences. Both psychoanalysis in general,
and W. Reich in particular could see the relationship that existed
between character attitudes and the muscular and body responses. And it
is starting from there that that complex and complicated term of
character analytic Vegetotherapy came, whose aim was to avoid that
chronic muscular rigidity setting free the emotions and the psychical
memories, which accompany them to allow adequate functioning of
vegetative system, and hence of the vital system.
Those hypotheses, along with
the conscience of the importance of the respiration had a great
influence on psychosomatic medicine, on psycho-motricity, and on so
called body psychotherapies, which nowadays are endorsed, by the way, by
the discoveries in the field of psycho-neuro-inmunology through some
studies on post-traumatic stress and the applications of quantum physics
in the field of biology and medicine. This was therefore a vanguard and
revolutionary therapeutics, which introduced somatic variables into
analytic sofa, being able to understand the unconscious, and the libido
as concrete elements supported by neuro-physiologic bases.
The partial rediscovery of W.
Reich’s work in Europe through the recuperation of many of his psycho-sex-political
and libertarian theses by the ’68 cultural movement and by the also
partial and confused propagation of some of his clinical techniques
through books that arrived from the United States on bioenergetic
therapy and other body therapies made Navarro throughout those years
carry out a great professional activity. Articles, books, reports and
courses in Italy, France, Spain and very promptly in Latin America –
all that drove him to become the referee of international post-Reichian
movement and of psychotherapy as a whole.
Clinical activities and
teaching in SEOR merges in different European countries, including Spain,
where section was founded in 1984, belonging to it myself as an
individual member since 1981, and the first promotions begin to appear
of orgontherapists and of post-Reichian clinics with already structured
education (personal analysis; of control; supervision; theoretical and
clinical courses, etc. ). At the annual meeting we went on mining into
clinical and prevention practice, and in 1980 a review was started
titled “Energy, Character and Society” in Italy and Spain inheriting
the title of D. Boadella’s English magazine “Energy and Character”,
adding the word “society” thus reflecting the bio-psycho-social
spirit of Reichian thinking.
Those were times of great
expansion of knowledge, and Navarro was actively taking part in that
process both in Europe and in Latin America, and particularly in Brazil
where he moved to live as a consequence basically of his personal
conflicts of that period of his life. He divorced Roberta and started a
new love affair with Nicole in Paris, which took him to living with her
for several years. That was an initially passionate relationship, but
torturous on its last stage and had its culmination in the separation of
the couple. When that love affair of his had only been developing for
several months, some Brazilian students of his (Emilio and Felipe) who
were doing their studies in Paris invited him to read some lectures in
Rio de Janeiro. It was there that he came to know a colleague of his,
Cibele, starting an intensive love affair with her, which stimulated him
to leave Paris and start his life in Brazil in 1987. In this country, an
extensive movement started to grow with the help of some colleagues of
his, among them an Italian colleague, Humberto Liberati, whose residence
was Sao Paulo; Enrique, Felipe and Beatriz de Paula from Rio de Janeiro;
Dr. Zena in Natal and with my own help through my travels from Spain.
But this did not impede Navarro to proceed in his projects and his
presence in Europe. He traveled three times a year, mostly to Paris,
Valencia and Naples. He maintained his teaching, carried out sessions of
“maintenance” therapy or “ad-vitam” with some orgontherapists
from SEOR and visited friends, children and relatives of his. At the
same time some institutional changes took place. One of the most
important of them was the transformation of the SEOR into IFOC ‘International
Federation of Orgonomic Colleges” being Navarro the Honoured President,
Jean Loic Albina the Secretary, and myself – the President; the aim
being targeted at agglutinating post-Reichian associations all over the
world, and not only European, but wherever it was possible to develop
scientific work and propagation in the frames of the federative
principles of respect and mutual help. But this uniting decision was not
welcomed by everybody, so some colleagues withdrew, among them Gino
Ferri who Navarro had a very good relationship with, the latter
regretting a lot about Ferri’s withdrawal. Years later Ferri would
once again join IFOC with a school of his own.
Also in Brazil some
institutional conflicts took place, which affected him personally as he
was also affected by his separation with Cibele in 1996 who he always
maintained a nice friendship with.
Despite his age he used to say
that he felt himself as an “available bachelor” but regardless of
his availability he could not manage to live together with another woman
The birth of his nephew
Federico, son of Cristiano in Milan, the demands of his friends and
colleagues led to his return to Europe and the establishment of the
Reichian movement in Brazil were all factors that stimulated him to plan
a return to Naples. In fact, on one of his trips he was elected
Scientific Director of the Institute of Orgonomy that would take his
name, “Federico Navarro”, in Naples, founded by some old disciples
of his and following the model of the Navarro Institute in Paris and the
one of Natal in Brazil. However, while that decision was getting mature,
the death of his close friend and colleague Piero Borelli in Naples made
him get in touch with a hard reality: most part of his friends and
colleagues had already passed away. And he found himself alone in his
hometown. Obviously he was surrounded by students of his and by people
who admired him but he felt himself affectively alone and decided to
move back to Rio where he lived in a beautiful house in Lagoa and had
established a satisfactory professional and personal life and always
surrounded by professional and young students of his who showed him
their affection and admiration.
It would be in 1998 when he, at
the age of 74, already sick and weakened by his lung cancer when he
seriously started to plan to move to Naples and start a calmer life.
That was effectively realised in 2000. He made his last trip to Brazil
in June 2002 and using the opportunity he took to Santiago de Chile
where he still participated as a guest professor in the education of
lecturers-professionals from ESTER and from other schools from IFOC and
where he gave a lecture in the University.
When he returns to Naples in
August he is exhausted and is forced to withdraw from his everyday
activities. His illness is getting harder and harder and he has to face
the reality: little lifespan is left. Not willing to lay in a hospital,
he finds a hideout in his home taken care of by his son Diego, a doctor,
too, and by Rosella, a colleague who he shared his house with, and by
his closest friends until his death caused by a renal insufficiency on
October 9 of that same year.
Along with some colleagues from
Spain, Taire and Nacho, I had been able to visit him a fortnight before
his death. He was exhausted but wouldn’t accept any “medical” care
because he knew he was dying and wanted to die in peace following the
model left by his master, O. Raknes, He softened his pains and his
general state by means of homeopathy, oligoelements and following a
powerful naturist diet. He was able to choose his death although there
was a strong feeling of sadness in his look because he didn’t want to
leave Life. So, that was how I had the opportunity to take a final leave
of him, as his, children, his friends and colleagues did, with a sinking
heart, tears wetting my cheeks, and once again recognizing him as The
Master of Life.
I can remember some of the
things I was thinking about the Death:
“Honestly, what I can say is
that quite agnostic. I do not believe in anything related to after life,
neither in reincarnation. I agree with the idea that energy of our atoms
continues in the Universe but not as an I. I believe in life. Death in
the essence of the word does not exist because as old Greeks used to say,
“When it is death, I no longer exist”. I, Federico, am going away
tomorrow and all ends. The concept of immortality is related, and it is
not me who says this, Tolstoy said it, but I agree, with the memory that
we may leave. Facing death there is one thing that bothers me: things
that I would still like to do and will not be able to do, and also –
the binds of affection, which go on living and will disappear when I die.
But death in itself is just a curiosity, a mere experience”.
I came to know him in person in
Barcelona in a workshop he was doing in 1979. In those times, having
finished my studies in Psychology, I knew I wanted to work following the
road of W. Reich. I had been doing some studies in “Bioenergetics”
in Paris, and in psychodrama in Barcelona, but over that period it was
that at a weekend with Navarro I felt I was being introduced to Reichian
clinical practice. Those hours of learning next to Navarro definitively
marked a professional identity I could feel but wasn’t experienced in.
The coherence of his discourse, updating Reichian paradigm, and
contributing to that clinical practice, excessively intuitive and
insufficiently structured, of an empirical and theoretical skeleton that
allowed a clear working streamline of research and thoroughness
triggered my desire to specialise in that post-Reichian model. Following
Navarro’s suggestion I went to Naples to carry out my analysis and
studies in Character Analytic Vegetotherapy in the newly born Scuola
Europea di Orgonoterapia (SEOR) president of which was Federico himself.
When, in 1982, I finished my
individual analysis and the didactic or control analysis, which I
realised with Piero Borelli who was also my group therapist, I was
admitted to SEOR as an orgontherapist and started to work supervising
for years with F. Navarro in Paris. He was my personal didactist and my
therapist of maintenance or “ad-vitam” through his death in October
2002. And also, little by little we were turning to be colleagues and
friends. We have shared many professional areas. We have shared courses
and congresses where we have worked together and shared the same room
for many days in various places like Venice, Vienna or Boston. We have
taken part together in international associations like The International
Association of Somatotherapy, The European Association of Body
Psychotherapy or The International Scientific Committee of Body
Psychotherapy” and we saw ourselves submerged in the adventure of what
IFOC was, which went on making relations between colleagues from
different European and Latin American countries. We have also shared
many personal areas both at his places of residence and at mine where he
stayed for years on the occasions he would visit us. There we spoke of
our matters, shared his jokes with my family, and he could see my
children, Iris and Daniel growing and would always bring them some toys;
we were planning activities and future meetings, he would take notes of
meetings in a huge French planning he would always carry with him. And
during his last trips he could also make acquaintance with my new
girlfriend, Roxana, and our daughter, Andrea, who was a little over one
month of age when the congress of IFOC took place in Paris. Those shared
areas over the twenty years of have allowed me know the relationships he
had with some of his girlfriends, and the relationship he had with his
children. We have been able to talk, spend some time together, and there
has always been this spirit of intimacy, proximity, this sensation of
understanding and communication. It is true that over the last few years
Federico was shitting himself more and more. Simultaneously, his
deafness was progressing, and he was shutting himself to the outer world
and was more difficult to communicate with, he was getting more and more
tangible. On many occasions the only thing he commented were practical
aspects it emotional dynamics hardly ever appeared in his speech.
However, we have also shared some moments of affection in those last
years when he was disappointed and exhausted by personal and
professional circumstances. In ESTER we always welcomed him as a dear
guest and as our referee in didactic and professionalism – a figure he
was (and continues to be) in our institution. He was our greatest and
best collaborator our greatest and best teacher, and a friend to all of
us who could share our experience with him during those meetings so
expected and which also could serve us as a justification of spending
together some careless and expansive moments: the paellas under the palm
trees, those relishes he was so fond of in “Carmen’s neighbourhood”,
the dinners in Manolo and Maria’s house, those soirees in the company
of Joan’s guitar with the poems of Maite and Calixto, and so many
other memories that are still in my mind. In fact, he would come to
Spain three times a year and made maintenance therapy, analysis of
control, supervisions, courses and lectures, mostly in Valencia but also
in San Sebastian, Barcelona and Madrid. He was interested by our
internal dynamics but did not ask us questions of those dynamics
movements or about their organization, and always gave us his opinion
that he found in our team a coherence in its development, and I would
say that he even showed some sort of timid admiration. As to us, we also
always did our best, so he could really feel what he was for us indeed,
a special Teacher of our modest school, and a very special person for
all of us.
As a therapist, as a clinical
specialist, I think he was marvelous. He had this excellent intuition,
capacity of analysis of the specific away from the general, although,
due to the specificity of his character he experienced certain
difficulties in his work with more primitive, more nuclear patients. As
a lecturer, his knowledge was enormous both in the field of medicine and
in the dominion of biology, in the symbols, in sociology, and in
anthropology. His capacity of transmission was very human, deep, and
direct and it was easy to notice his scientific background away from the
standard. No doubt, whenever he had to write, he used an excessively
cryptic language where, beyond each
phrase existed enormous content
to be deciphered to discover each time a deeper and deeper knowledge.
His professional legacy is very
rich and following Reichian orthodox tradition, he develops his
knowledge in three main dominions: biology and essential research,
energetic, clinics and psychotherapy, and prevention and education.
In the dominion of research and
biology, he worked out a profound analysis of etiology and therapeutics,
of functional degenerative illnesses, already defined by Reich, such as
biopathies (cancer, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, etc. ), and both
from a somatic and psychodynamic point of view and from the perspective
of energetic disequilibria, and the “cellular fear” aspect, too.
Contributing to combined therapeutics of psychotherapy (Vegetotherapy)
with diets, oligoelements, homeopathy, and the “orgon accumulator” (ORAC),
aiming to more coherently be able to cope with these multi-systemic
illnesses. He insisted that in the base of all pathology was the fear,
and he was supported by scientific studies as the experiments carried
out several years before in the university of Boulder (Colorado) where a
contraction was observed of cells facing adverse situations. As to this,
he wrote, “The primary negative emotion is the fear which is in the
basis of all pathology as a determined element and/or revealing of the
condition for contraction, as a mechanism of defence”. (Vs. his books
“The Somatopsychodynamics” and “Biopathies”).
In the field of psychotherapy
he worked out a neuromuscular system for the use of character analytic
Vegetotherapy taking as a reference the process of evolution and
development of the human mammal (ontogenesis) using some empiric and
clinical bases of W. Reich’s excessively enriching this deep
psychotherapy. He referred to his work like this, “Character analytic
Vegetotherapy is a therapeutic methodology with socio-cultural
implications, that is, policies (not partisan) whose aim is to
contribute gradually and progressively to the change in the current
condition of our society (cause of collective psychopathology, in which
we are living).
This methodology makes use of
techniques, but is not an emotional liberation technique; it is a
therapy. Vegetotherapy presupposes therapeutic work on the vegetative
system and character analysis implies transformation work on a character
system by a mature genital character…”Vegetotherapy seeks to cure
the patient by means of “particular body interventions (actings) that
provoke vegetative emotional and muscular reactions capable of
restructuring a sane psychoaffectiveness, which has been put into a
conflict ever since the birth of an individual”. (Vs. his books “Post-Reichian
Characterology” and “Methodology of Character Analytic Vegetotherapy”).
And in conclusion, in the
dominion of preventive assistance and education he supported the concept
of “self-regulation” launched by W. Reich and A. Neill, paying
respect to the rhythms of nature and giving priority to the quality of
relation within the familial system. This is what he wrote, for example:
“The frequency and strict
hours in breast feeding do not have any sense…the child must be able
to suck whenever it wills…Weaning must be very gradual and must be
left to the child’s free choice without being imposed by the mother or
by any other person.
Neither needs the baby to be
awarded as to the evacuation functions, or as to walking…One should
never forget that a baby who is crying is an unhappy baby and its
suffering must always be alleviated so it should not accumulate stress
and consequently would fasten its muscular tension…
The father, facing breast
feeding mother’s possible anxiety must take active part sharing new
and different tasks that fall on the familial cell”…
Federico Navarro potentially
had much more left to live and left many things to be done. But his Life
was intensive and his contributions enrich mankind.
With his memory we continue our
lives and our work.
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