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Reich's classic work on the development and treatment of human character disorders, first published in 1933. As a young clinician in the 1920s, Wihelm Reich expanded psychoanalytic resistance into the more inclusive technique of character analysis, in which the sum total of typical character attitudes developed by an individual as a blocking against emotional excitations b ...more
Paperback, 3rd enlarged, 576 pages
Published November 1st 1980 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux (first published 1933)
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Led Zeppelin, Lou Reed, Charles Bukowski, Ernest Hemingway, William Burroughs…they all leave me with a feeling of emptiness. Don’t get me wrong, I think they are all brilliant, and I enjoy them all (with the exception of Led Zeppelin). However, I can only take them in small doses. Why is that? I’ve come to the conclusion that they, among others, are masculine-centered. There is nothing wrong with masculinity or delving into your gender experience, but it does end up being one-sided. I would feel ...more
When I read it as a student in Tübingen in the 70s - I wrote 2 notes in this book: Lordose page 382 and Orgasmusreflex page 388 - besides I underlined many sentences and even whole paragraphs and pages - in short, it reflected exactly my thinking and described my feelings etc... (dali48)
By far Reich's best book of all the ones I've read. I've never thought his Orgone energy ideas had much credibility, but this was written when he was an active leftist and still in most ways a Freudian analyst. Certainly much better than anything Carl Jung ever wrote.
Y aquí descubrí que el psicoanálisis no es lo mío. Rly.
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Jewish Austrian-American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.

Reich was a respected analyst for much of his life, focusing on character structure, rather than on individual neurotic symptoms. He promoted adolescent sexuality, the availability of contraceptives and abortion, and the importance for women of economic independence. Synthesizing material from psychoanalysis, cultural anthropology, economics,
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