Reich on Psychic and Sexual Health

I’m rereading Wilhelm Reich’s The Function Of The Orgasm. If you don’t know him, he was a contemporary of Freud in pre world war 2 Germany who improved on psychoanalysis. According to him anyway. His theory of psychic health is based on the concep that all mental problems are the result of sexual disturbances which we all have. Then and now he writes, society surpresses the natural flow of sexual energy (he was way into that, calling it orgone) in both children and adults. That retards the flow of life force energy which makes people incapable of living a free life, feee of authoritarian control. Of course he was strongly influenced by Naziism and emigrated to the US to get away from it. Interesting to relate his theories to the American electorate choosing a patriarch (Trump) over Hilary.

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