“In 1933 Reich first published, in German, Charakteranalyse. A second, English, edition (1945) went further, adding the inevitable leap from depth psychology to biology predicted by Freud.
This third, enlarged edition includes all the previously published material as well as a new section expounding Reich’s later discoveries. It reveals how his study of character led to a comprehension of the biological basis of neuroses and finally to the discovery of the cosmic orgone energy. Thus, character analysis is taken out of the realm of psychology and put on the firm basis of natural science, in the form of orgone biophysics.” — back cover
“Sexuality vs. Society
Reich’s theory of orgone energy—that total mental and physical health is impossible in the absence of complete sexual gratification—is perhaps the most radical, most widely acclaimed theory of contemporary psychology.
In THe Sexual Revolution, Freud’s most controversial disciple shows that orgone energy cannot be suppressed without permanent damage to the social structure. And that only when the genital rights of adults and adolescents are protected by law will there be no need for external regulation of the individual, for, indeed, one who is biologically satisfied has no impulses which call for moral inhibition.” — front matter
Wilhelm Reich and Orgonomy: The controversial theory of life energy by Ola Raknes, foreword by Elsworth F Baker, cover by Walter Brooks, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.
“Here is an authoritative introduction to Wilhelm Reich’s science of life energy, or orgonomy. Ola Raknes covers every aspect of this controversial subject, explaining among much else the liberation of sexual energy, the nature of functional thinking, mind-body functional identity, the four-beat orgasm formula, and the bearing of life energy on religion, education, medicine, and psychology. In addition, his own reminiscences provide an unexpected personal dimension. … At the time of Reich’s death in a federal penitentiary, Raknes was one of the few men still loyal to him and one of the few to enjoy his full confidence. Because Raknes worked so closely with Reich and later followed every development of orgonomic research, Wilhelm Reich and Orgonomy fills an important place both in the context of Reich’s own writings and in current studies of life energy.” — back cover