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5 - From Character Analysis to Cloud Busting

Wilhelm Reich; the Lonely Prophet

from Part I - Fin-de-Siècle Vienna

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 December 2020

Keh-Ming Lin
Affiliation:
University of California, Los Angeles
Keh-Ming Lin
Affiliation:
University of California, Los Angeles
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Reich’s childhood and adolescence were heavily burdened by his mother’s infidelity and suicide, and his sense of guilt in causing the unraveling of his family. After World War I he became centrally involved in Freud’s psychoanalytic movement as well as Marxist organizations, and actively promoted sexual education. In 1930, after running afoul of his Viennese colleagues, he moved to Berlin, Norway, and eventually the USA. His “character analysis” became a classic in psychoanalytical literature. Combining body work with psychotherapy, he also developed “vegetotherapy.” His search for the source of life force led to his “discovery” of “orgone energy” and the invention of the “orgone accumulator,” touted as an effective method for combating cancer and other serious medical conditions. Ensuing FDA investigations led to his imprisonment. He also developed an intricate delusional system involving space aliens, Stalin, and federal agencies interfering with his work to promote health, as well as improving weather. This work eventually led to the development of “cloudbusters,” for rainmaking and for defending against the influence of space aliens. Although controversial, his ideas and inventions remain influential and are widely used today.

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Wounded Healers
Tribulations and Triumphs of Pioneering Psychotherapists
, pp. 64 - 75
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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