European Journal of Autogenic and Bionomic Studies


EJABS N. 1-2/2007



European Journal of Autogenic and Bionomic Studies, 1-2:9-15, 2007

From Schultz’s autogenic training to Schultzs bionomic-autogenic psychotherapy

Walter Orrù

Scuola Superiore di Psicoterapia Bionomica – FORMIST – Cagliari (Italy)

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European Journal of Autogenic and Bionomic Studies, 1-2:17-43, 2007

The bionomic conception of life


Walter Orrù

Scuola Superiore di Psicoterapia Bionomica – FORMIST – Cagliari (Italy)


In one of his books (Bionomic Psychotherapy, 1951) Schultz outlines the main aspects of the bionomic conception of life. From the Greek bios (life) and nomos (law, rule), through the concept of bionomics, he underlines the value that in psychotherapy must be attributed to the bios, that is the organic life. Starting from the research of this value he finally identifies nine principles on which every life event is based. Every life event, from the thought to the action and to the emotion, can be explained through these principles. Through the elaboration of the bionomic conception of life, Schultz will afterwards formulate a theory of personality, a theory of motivation, a theory of the Self and a theory of pathology. In this article there are many contributions cited by Schultz and the most debated are those by Von Bertalanffy, Alverdes, Dürken and Rothschuh, together with their influence on Schultz’s thought in his individuation of the nine basic laws of the bionomic conception of life.

Key words: autogenic psychotherapy, bionomic, theory, Schultz, destiny, life.

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European Journal of Autogenic and Bionomic Studies, 1-2:45-54, 2007

Lines of search in autogenic psychotherapy

Claudio Widmann

ICSAT (Italian Commettee for the Study of Autogenic Therapy) – Ravenna (Italy)


The most recent ICSAT’s research lines in autogenic psychotherapy are oriented towards three aspects of  Schultz’s doctrine, that find meaningful convergences with Jung’s theory.

The first one values the principles of autogeny and not-interference: to the respect of the autogenic expressions on the part of patient it makes reply the attitude of not-interference on the part of therapist. The second values the imaginative production: the basic step of autogenic training promotes characteristically a body imagery and the advanced step a figurative one. The third line values Schultz’s idea of Way of Destiny, understanding as process of development and maturation of the individuality. The spontaneous, autogenic imagery constitutes the therapeutic and existential instrument in order to discover and to realize a personal line of evolution, through a process that reveals substantial similarities with the individuation process conceived and described by the analytical psychology.

Key-words: autogenic training, bionomic therapy, imagery, destiny.

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European Journal of Autogenic and Bionomic Studies, 1-2:55-69, 2007

The evolution of Schultz’s autogenic training in France

Yves Ranty

SFRP (Société Française de Relaxation Psychotherapeutique)


In France, in the sixties, Schultz’s autogenic training gave rise to a large number of modifications essentially from psychoanalysts interested in relaxation. All of them thought the course of treatment was too short, that it looked too much suggestive and they criticized the too little importance granted to the relationship between the patient and his therapist. But these French authors did not read the Schultz’s works after 1950. The fancy for psychoanalysis, in the sixties, has diverted many psychiatrists from the autogenic training ; the latter was then considered by them as a sort of minor relaxation, mainly intended for general practionners. But they have also turned away from psychoanalytic relaxations, for the use of the body seemed to them to be in contradiction with the psychoanalytic theory. Now, Schultz  was a psychoanalyst and according to him, the autogenic training has always been a part of the group of psychotherapies. The author, who himself has reorganized the methodology, again puts the emphasis on the importance of the corporal psychotherapy for a certain numbers of patients. The Schultz’s discover, mental concentration on the feelings and images with standard formulations is a fundamental discover. Silence, autogenic state and short suggestive speech are going to generate emotional experiences – which very often are archaic‑ mental pictures, ideas and fantasies that will be used again for a psychical working out, allowing then a better mental functionning and therefore permitting to give all its psychotherapeutic meaning to the autogenic training.

Key-words: autogenic training, silence, autogenic state, short suggestive speech,   relationship patient-therapist, psychical working out, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis.

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European Journal of Autogenic and Bionomic Studies, 1-2:71-97, 2007

Red, Black and White in Dreams: Lüscher and Jaggadeva

Herwig Sausgruber

ICSAT (Italian Commettee for the Study of Autogenic Therapy) – Bregenz (Austria)


In an interdisciplinary approach, covering linguistic, miyhological, psychoanalitic and last but not least statistical categories, the three colours red, black and white within dreams are studied. Lüscher’s axioms represent a further comparative access to the semiosis of hallucinated colours.

Key-words: colours, dream, linguistics, mythology, Freud Lüscher, Jaggadeva.

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European Journal of Autogenic and Bionomic Studies, 1-2:99-106, 2007

Distinguishing elements of autogenic psychotherapy and guidelines for a correct practice of autogenic training

Michela Fanzecco

ICSAT (Italian Commettee for the Study of Autogenic Therapy) – Cagliari (Italy)

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