WILHELM REICH - THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION - 2nd Ed, 1945 - SEXUAL QUACK PSYCHOLOGY
THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION TOWARD SELF-GOVERNING CHARACTER STRUCTURE – By Wilhelm Reich — 2nd US Edition, 1945 — Sexual QUACK Psychology, "Sex Boxes That Cured Cancer", Coined the Term "Sexual Revolution"
Publisher: Orgone Institute Press, New York (1945)
"US FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION ORDERED HIS PUBLICATIONS BURNED FOR FRAUDULENT QUASI SEXUAL PRACTICES AND DEVICES"
Second US edition from 1945, in well preserved condition. The boards and binding are solid and tight save for light shelfwear. The pages are crisp and clean save for small previous owner's stamp on the inside front board. Wilhelm Reich (24 March 1897 – 3 November 1957) was an Austrian doctor of medicine and psychoanalyst, a member of the second generation of analysts after Sigmund Freud. The author of several influential books, most notably Character Analysis, The Mass Psychology of Fascism and The Sexual Revolution, Reich became known as one of the most radical figures in the history of psychiatry. Please see below for more information on the author, Wilhelm Reich.
Reich's work on
character contributed to the development of Anna Freud's The Ego and the
Mechanisms of Defense, and his idea of muscular armor – the expression
of the personality in the way the body moves – shaped innovations such as body
psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy, bioenergetic analysis and primal therapy. His
writing influenced generations of intellectuals; he coined the phrase "the
sexual revolution" and according to one historian acted as its midwife
During the 1968 student uprisings in Paris and Berlin, students scrawled his
name on walls and threw copies of The Mass Psychology of Fascism at police.
in medicine from the University of Vienna in 1922, Reich became deputy director
of Freud's outpatient clinic, the Vienna Ambulatorium. During his tenure, he
tried to reconcile psychoanalysis with Marxism, arguing that neurosis is rooted
in sexual and socio-economic conditions, and in particular in a lack of what he
called "orgastic potency." He visited patients in their homes to see
how they lived, and took to the streets in a mobile clinic, promoting
adolescent sexuality and the availability of contraceptives, abortion and
divorce, a provocative message in Catholic Austria. He said he wanted to
"attack the neurosis by its prevention rather than treatment."
His message of sexual liberation disturbed the
psychoanalytic community and his political associates, and his vegetotherapy,
in which he massaged his disrobed patients to dissolve their "muscular armor,"
violated the key taboos of psychoanalysis. He moved to New York in 1939, in
part to escape the Nazis, and shortly after arriving coined the term
"orgone" – from "orgasm" and "organism" – for a
biological energy he said he had discovered, which he said others called God.
In 1940 he started building orgone accumulators, devices that his patients sat
inside to harness the reputed health benefits, leading to newspaper stories
about sex boxes that cured cancer.
critical articles about him in The New Republic and Harper's in 1947, the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration obtained an injunction against the interstate
shipment of orgone accumulators and associated literature, believing they were
dealing with a "fraud of the first magnitude." Charged with contempt
in 1956 for having violated the injunction, Reich was sentenced to two years'
imprisonment, and that summer over six tons of his publications were burned by
order of the court. He died in prison of heart failure just over a year later.