The Function of the Orgasm

  • Title: The Function of the Orgasm
  • Author: Wilhelm Reich
  • ISBN: 9780285649705
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Function of the Orgasm Today now recognised as possibly Reich s most important and pioneering work this book summarises the development of his medical and scientific work on the living organism over years from the real
    Today now recognised as possibly Reich s most important and pioneering work, this book summarises the development of his medical and scientific work on the living organism over 20 years, from the realm of psychology to that of biology

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    About Wilhelm Reich


    1. 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, sociology, and ethics, his work influenced writers such as Alexander Lowen, Fritz Perls, Paul Goodman, Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer, A S Neill, and William Burroughs.He was also a controversial figure, who came to be viewed by the psychoanalytic establishment as having gone astray or as having succumbed to mental illness His work on the link between human sexuality and neuroses emphasized orgastic potency as the foremost criterion for psycho physical health He said he had discovered a form of energy, which he called orgone, that permeated the atmosphere and all living matter, and he built orgone accumulators, which his patients sat inside to harness the energy for its reputed health benefits It was this work, in particular, that cemented the rift between Reich and the psychoanalytic establishment.Reich, of Jewish descent and a communist, was living in Germany when Adolf Hitler came to power He fled to Scandinavia in 1933 and subsequently to the United States in 1939 In 1947, following a series of critical articles about orgone and his political views in The New Republic and Harper s, the U.S Food and Drug Administration FDA began an investigation into his claims, winning an injunction against the interstate sale of orgone accumulators Charged with contempt of court for violating the injunction, Reich conducted his own defense, which involved sending the judge all his books to read, and arguing that a court was no place to decide matters of science He was sentenced to two years in prison, and in August 1956, several tons of his publications were burned by the FDA He died of heart failure in jail just over a year later, days before he was due to apply for parole.


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    1. Wilheim Reich'ın cinsellik psikoterapistliği yaptığı ve bu doğrultuda yazdığı ilk kitabı. (Araştırmalarımla öyle olduğunu tespit ettim. Yanlışsa düzeltebilirsiniz.)Dolayısıyla kafasındaki teorik bilgilerin çoğunu deneyselleştirmesinin henüz mümkün olmadığını birkaç bölümde dile getiriyor. Ben ki Karen Horney, Simone de Beauvoir, Judith Butler, Malinowski, Evelyn Reed gibi yazarlardan ve külliyatı bir araya getiren Foucault'un Cinselliğin tarihini okumuş olan [...]

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    2. Full disclosure: I found this book and Reich's 'Character Analysis' outside a Walgreens as I was walking back home from exercising. This obviously endows me with perfect insight in understanding his work better than anyone else. These are first impression thoughts and if you disagree with my summary please do not call the police on me I am on parole. Let me start by typing out Reich's definition of 'orgastic potency':'Orgastic potency is the capacity to surrender to the flow of biological energy [...]

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    3. Reich does a fantastic job of giving case examples and how he treated his patients. A few things to keep in mind:- this is just one approach to psychoanalysis. it doesn't mean every problem is psychosomatic; one should check for health issues first. but he does make the point that they can exacerbate one another (health vs. sexual issues).- i wish there was more information as to his specific methods of analyzing and what questions/prompts he used. i'd like to apply them to myself.- some of his [...]

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    4. Pese a ser un estudio científico, me parece ameno y lleno de fuerza y convicción; explica muy bien cómo llegó a formular la teoría del orgasmo y de la economía sexual y cómo fue llegando a ella con la praxis. Da cuenta también de su relación con Freud y el psicoanálisis y te haces una idea de esos años en los que Europa se vio asolada por el fascismo Si añadimos esa inquebrantable voluntad de buscar el bienestar de los humanos, no solo del individuo, sino de la sociedad entera y su d [...]

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    5. The Discovery of the Life Energy, Vol.1, by Wilhelm Reich. Follows Reich's initial work with Freud; the discovery of the energetic connection between the psyche and soma; the role of sexuality, especially in orgasm, in establishing emotional and physical health, and the discovery of the orgone, or life energy. Covers Reich's therapeutic method, as it evolved from the early character-analytic vegetotherapy, into orgone therapy. A milestone set of discoveries, nearly lost to the world due to the a [...]

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    6. Some interesting ideas, including how people's inability to experience orgasm fully leads them toward fascism. Mr. Reich certainly has his heart in the right place, but I'm not sure his science is very well supported (orgone?).Only an "ok" read, as it is often tedious - it could be much condensed.

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    7. I've always been fascinated by energies, auric fields etc so wanted to read this to research Orgone energy. Fascinating book. Even though it's verbose, I couldn't put it down.

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    8. Every people must read this book

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    9. I skimmed some of this, it was really technical. the author was a scientist not a writer so it is not very accessible.

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    10. Quite out of date in claiming that all neurotic psychological problems stem from repressed sexual urges, but definitely valuable to read as a historic volume in the study of psychology and sexology.

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    11. I have no idea if there is any other author, writen so wide and analytic about the body of sexs and sex."گوش کن آدمک" تنها اثر ویلهم رایش، روانشناس، پژوهشگر و زیباشناس آلمانی ست که توسط حسین آقایاری به فارسی ترجمه شده و البته در خارج از کشور چاپ و منتشر شده است. انتشارات نوید، آلمان، 1365دکتر رایش که به متخصص امور جنسی هم مشه [...]

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    12. I finally finished this, after reading it on and off for a couple of years. Reich's writing can be overly academic and dry. The main things I took away from "The Function Of The Orgasm" are Reich's concept of 'muscular armor' and the account of his tumultuous professional relationship with Sigmund Freud. He also goes into his discovery of an energy he referred to as the 'orgone', which is similar to earlier concepts like animal magnestism.There's plenty of information on-line about orgone, if yo [...]

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    13. Wilhelm Reich, an Austrian psychoanalyst has written this detailed work on how he has with immensesincerity understood the function of the orgasm. Through studying sexually sick patients and with great dedication coming to new conclusion about the "sex problem". Which is definitely as disturbing today as it was at Reich's time. I recommend it to anyone interested in understanding sexuality problems and the underlying science of sex from a different point of view.

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    14. Certainly a bit outdated - all about neuroses stemming from sexual repression. He started out as Freud's student but broke w/ him when Freud said sexuality came on at a certain age (I think 4 or 5?). Reich believes sexuality is socially influenced from the time of infancy. I really like his ideas - I don't know how Freud got so popular while so few have heard of Reich.

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    15. Just read it.

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    16. Like most of Reich's books there are revisions made after the point where he started to go wrong. But when this book is good, it is "good as gold." So one point off for Bions and Orgone.

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    17. I only bought this as a Grant Morrison fanboy, and I passed it on many years ago. Can't say I remember much about it.

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    18. Did not finish, wasn't interesting.

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    19. I found the language of this book very technical but I was fascinated and determined to stick with it. Amongst other things, I am struck by the fact that this book was written in the 1930's and the knowledge in it is so new to me.Suggestions of how the education system stifle the life energy.t such a new concept then and not many improvements there yet I fear!

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