Wilhelm Reich

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Wilhelm Reich, MD


Austria 1897 – 1957

Comments: Psychiatrist ; combined Will and Sex in a theoretical way of use to WORKing sex magickians; sort of the beginning of Rolphing, vegetotherapy breaks through body armor, which involved using touch during sessions and requiring patients to undress; orgone energy accumulators; "orgone" – combining "orgasm" and "organism" = primordial cosmic energy; jailed by the FDA for saying Orgone would cure cancer, he died in prison; Experiment XX; cloudbusters;


Teachers: Magnus Hirschfeld; Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing; Havelock Ellis; Sigmund Freud;

Students: influenced Fritz Perls's Gestalt therapy, Alexander Lowen's bioenergetic analysis, and Arthur Janov's primal therapy; influenced Saul Bellow, William S. Burroughs, and Norman Mailer; William Steig, Robert Anton Wilson, J. D. Salinger, Orson Bean, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Goodman, Jack Kerouac, Sean Connery; Michel Foucault; Dr. James DeMeo; Joseph Campbell; Dr. James SeMeo; David Boadella ; Beverly Placzek;

Friends: Dr. Theodore P. Wolfe; Albert Einstein, who experimented but then disagreed; A. S. Neill;

Enemies: Adolf Hitler; Leiv Kreyberg; Mildred Edie Brady;

Organizations; Vienna Psychoanalytic Association; The New School;

Author:The Function of the Orgasm; Listen, Little Man ; The Mass Psychology of Fascism (1933); The Sexual Revolution (1936); The Sexual Struggle of Youth (1932); The Bioelectrical Investigation into Sexuality and Anxiety; The Bion Experiments -on the Origin of Life; Character Analysis; Children of the Future - On the Prevention of Sexual Pathology (1933); People in Trouble ; Record of a Friendship - the correspondence between Wilhelm Reich and A. S. Neill; The Sexual REvolution - Towards a self-governing character structure;


Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Reich; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo-Reichian_massage; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phallic_narcissism#Phallic_narcissism