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Character Analysis

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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 ...more
Paperback, 3rd Enlarged Edition, 576 pages
Published November 1st 1980 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux (first published 1933)
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Jenell
Aug 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
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
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Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957) was one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century though his ideas have yet to receive the broad recognition they deserve. Why? A combination of two complimentary factors : his accurate diagnosis of a species-wide form of psychological disorder he called “the emotional plague” was extremely confronting, and his claim to have discovered a cosmic energy called “orgone”, which could heal people if they sat in “orgone boxes” and could make it rain if you pointed a ...more
Shelley O'Shea
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Reich is not an easy read. This book is all over the place. At the start, he assumes the reader is a psychoanalyst and then half way through he starts explaining concepts that he brushed over in the previous chapters.

This is a shame because he seems to me to be an intelligent man and understanding of his patients. His theories are interesting but I would suggest Alexander Lowens books if you wanted to understand Reichs concepts and the actual therapy practice.
Dina
May 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Wilhelm would have been great psychoanalyst and research if he hasn't gone insane with this whole "orgone" energy thing. Another case of seeing what you want to see, rather than what is. I do understand where he came from though...our society intolerance of honest discussion of all things sexual is still persisting and damaging us all.
Justin
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philos-theory
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.
Matt.lo
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
An Immense work, (to say nothing of its size, the book is enormous) and a critical contemporary to freud's Psychoanalytical revolution. This book was an exciting read for me in order to further flesh out my palette of psychoanalytical concepts. Though Wilhelm Reich became quite demented in his later years after suffering under the United States body politic, his earlier works stand the test of time as some of the most original compositions in the canon of Freudian and post-freudian literary ...more
Serena
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Thank you, Wilhem.
Vincent Superking
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great Precursor to Bioenergetics. Teaches you hopw to read trauma from posture and behaviour.
Pedro Gomez
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La coraza caracterológica
Orgon Solo
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A must read to anyone interested in how their inner complexes manifest in everyday life. Real comphrehensive through the many aspects of Chracter analysis, and the origins of the emotinal plague, steps to restore patients to n orgiastic stte instead of hve them suffer with nouroses, become psychotic, or whtnot. Describes many case studies in detail, and also includes the brilliant essy on the Schizhophrenic Split, a malady even Reich never got to the bottom of. That being said, it is real sad to ...more
dali48
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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)
Pili
Dec 19, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Y aquí descubrí que el psicoanálisis no es lo mío. Rly.
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I don't think I have all the knowledge needed to fully understand this book but Reich never seems to convince me, although there are some interesting parts in his work.
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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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“Love, work and knowledge are the wellsprings of our life. They should also govern it. WILHELM REICH” 4 likes
“Most of what official adolescent psychology considers the "characteristics of puberty," turn out in character-analytic work to be the artificially produced effect of obstructed natural sexuality. This holds true for daydreaming as well as for inferiority feelings.” 3 likes
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