Character Analysis

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Macmillan, Nov 1, 1980 - Psychology - 576 pages
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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 became the object of treatment. These encrusted attitudes functioned as an "armor," which Reich later found to exist simultaneously in chronic muscular spasms. Thus mind and body came together and character analysis opened the way to a biophysical approach to disease and the prevention of it.
  

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User Review  - Justin - Goodreads

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. Read full review

Contents

SOME PROBLEMS OF PSYCHOANALYTIC TECHNIQUE
3
THE ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT IN THE THEORY
10
ON THE TECHNIQUE OF INTERPRETATION AND
21
Systematic interpretation and resistance
27
Consistency in resistance analysis
38
INDICATIONS AND DANGERS OF CHARACTER ANALYSIS
122
THE CHARACTEROLOGICAL RESOLUTION OF THE
153
THE GENITAL CHARACTER AND THE NEUROTIC
169
Substitute contact
323
The psychic representation of the organic
329
b On the idea of death
331
Pleasure anxiety anger and muscular armor
337
The two great leaps in evolution
352
THE EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE OF THE LIVING
355
Plasmatic expressive movement and emotional expression
358
The segmental arrangement of the armor
368

CHILDHOOD PHOBIA AND CHARACTER FORMATION
194
SOME CIRCUMSCRIBED CHARACTER FORMS
204
THE MASOCHISTIC CHARACTER
225
the specific basis of the masochistic character
255
Observations on the therapy of masochism
267
SOME OBSERVATIONS ON THE BASIC CONFLICT BETWEEN NEED AND OUTER WORLD
270
FROM PSYCHOANALYSIS TO ORGONE BIOPHYSICS
283
PSYCHIC CONTACT AND VEGETATIVE CURRENT
285
More about the conflict between instinct and outer world
287
Some technical presuppositions
289
The change of function of the impulse
296
The intellect as defense function
305
The interlacing of the instinctual defenses
308
Contactlessness
310
The emotional expression of the orgasm reflex and sexual superimposition
390
Analysis has been prepared from the original German language
399
The forces
414
The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust Fund
424
The remote schizophrenic expression in the eyes
430
The breakthrough of the depersonalization and first understanding of the schizophrenic
433
The interdependence of consciousness and selfperception
442
The rational function of the devilish evil
456
Anorgonotic regions in the catatonic state
460
The function of selfdamage in schizophrenia
463
Crisis and recovery
481
THE EMOTIONAL PLAGUE
504
Index
541
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About the author (1980)

Wilhelm Reich, a native of Austria, was born in 1897. His many other works include Listen, Little Man!, Function of the Orgasm, and The Mass Psychology of Fascism. He died in 1957.

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