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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for those seeking psychological improvement, 27 Dec 2000
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This review is from: Listen, Little Man! (Noonday) (Paperback)
No matter how much personal achievement you've got so far, there, deep inside each of us, lurks a collective John Doe - that culturally determined part of our psyche - we seldom are aware of. John Doe in us never thinks... it is itself thought and repeats like a parrot all the prejudice and common place jargons introjected in us since our childhood. Dare to read this book without identifying its content to nobody else but yourself .. and maybe you will get rid off the Little Man (or Woman) inside you and be really free to love, to care and to be happy. Sandra Galeotti
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sublime, 8 Sep 2000
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Orwell comments in "1984" through his hero Winston, that "..the best books are those that don't tell you anything". Certainly Reich's book affirmed my own feelings on humanity but possibly expressed them much better than I ever could. Along with "Escape From Freedom" by Fromm, this is one of the most liberating reads I've known. Highly recommended.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - but proceed with caution!, 24 Mar 2004
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This book does not present a coherent theory, but contains Reich's personal reflections during the period 1943-1946. The backdrop of WWII may make this occasionally seem dated, but dictatorship is perennial: the names change, but the form remains the same.
Although Reich claims that he is writing this book because he cares about the ordinary person, there is a great deal of anger and bitterness here about the way he has been treated by the world: lauded then hounded, acclaimed then denounced. This "righteous anger" at times appears venomous, and when someone is being "cruel to be kind" we need to be cautious about how we weigh their words.
Having said all which, this book is crammed full of devastating insights into the human condition: the extent to which people refuse to take responsibility for their own lives; how materialism is underpinned by a fear of looking inside oneself, inner insecurity replaced by a desire for outward security; issues of happiness, power and authority. The list goes on... The fears and anxieties cause "psychic constipation" that becomes manifested as physical rigidity in the musculature: Reich's body-armour theory that informs most current therapuetic theory, both in psychotherapy and alternative approaches.
To summarise: you need to be aware of Reich's own anger and bitterness and the cruelty of his approach and how that may resonate in you; but beneath that there is a welath of insight into what lies beneath the ordinary person's inability to fulfill their potential and create freedom and happiness in their lives.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this!!!!!!!, 29 Jan 2004
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This is a brilliant book - there's still plenty of "little men" about, and we all find ourselves thinking like the "little man" at times - but perhaps we'll do it less after reading this book. Reich is an absolute genius at debunking the ridiculous posturings of people whose anxieties and drive for security make them take up silly positions and ruin their own lives and everyone else's. "Little man" still isn't litstening, and if only he was, the world would be a much better place.
Of all Reich's books, this is the most accessible and readable (reminiscent in style of Nietzsche).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never again has human been described so litteraly !!, 13 Dec 1998
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The best book i have ever read.. I have never again seen such a genius book descibing man so small .. making him seem more and more faint in his eyes. And trying to help him become , from a little man , a big man . ... Read it... If you understand the 10 % of it , you will be truly happy .
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiery Truth, 26 May 2004
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Wilhelm Reich writes the book that everyone who has ever reflected on the world and human nature would like to write at some time. Passionate and eloquent denunciations of the people who are the victims, sustainers and perpetrators of every vicious, humiliating and life-denying political regime, human organisation, human act or human thought: ourselves - the Little Person. This book has been written several times before, by Nietzsche, by Montaigne, by Dostoyevsky, by Napoleon, by Shakespeare, but here there is a difference. Reich is not an elitist who believes in 'higher-types' and looks on the current men and women as irredeemable failures; he believes in them, that is what feeds his anger. He hates them because (aside from abuses suffered) he believes that they can be better. And at the centre of the work there is not contempt for Man but humanity. A great read and a great book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychological liberation as political release, 27 Jun 2010
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Reich wades into the swamp of unrequited belief. The aim, to anlayse where it all went wrong and keeps going awry. Reich is fundamentally inspired by human liberation, the desire to unshackle humanity from all forms of tyranny. In reality he found himself increasingly alienated, shunned and finally ignored from those he wished to release from false belief. Here he journeys backwards in his projection. Analysing why people apparently choose docility and slavery over vitality and zest.

The narrative strikes resonances within the present. Coated in his personal woundings, the insight unfurls, connecting to the early epoch of the 21st century.

The little man, bows in awe, to his projected belief in the great man. The great man, is however a little man surrounding himself with the beliefs and trappings of greatness, the Wizard of Oz, the manager of appearances. Inside him is a hollow kernel, it echoes and resonates with the zeitgeist. Paranoid he will always be found out and exposed. The great man builds his creaking stage on the projections of thousands of millions of little men (and women). They beam their lack of self belief outwardly onto someone they deem superior. His/her greatness is stacked on their self denigration. The lower the serf-belief, the greater the celebrity, white knight; the life saviour.

Absolving personal responsibility becomes the game of shuffle,involving the sacrifice of celebrity failures, those who usurp their status. Collapse brings psychological malaise, the feeling of being let down. An abstract entity carries on their mediated shoulders the collective burden of blame.

Individual achievement is subsumed within staged abstract entities. National greatness is one cell, religious identity, caste, race, sexuality all face each other on the landing.

Collectives are positive when they are composed of radiating individuals with a nuclear inner core of self knowledge, self belief and actualisation coming together as communities.

All Reich foundations rest on inner perception and outward belief. Human beings, when stripped of pretension are neither good nor evil, in the traditional religious moral scale of measurement. People exist in a perpetual state of tension within relationships. These bind and release individuals to notions of the promulgation of life affirming health. The propulsion to a life of being.

Reich is not anti relgious, he perceives the kernel of Judeo-Christianity as a religion of individual liberation. Corrupted by hierarchical greed undermining individual actualisation. Socialism another creed usurped by arrogant wills becomes another liberating force turned against itself. Once the little men victories are achieved, power is seemingly handed to the great man. They wield it for their own personal trajectory.

A challenging thought prooking book connecting the individual within the social incorporating the political. Whilst psychology adjusts maladjusted souls to an inane society, this tilts the psychological axis into the fifth dimension; psychological liberation as political release.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favourite, 25 Aug 2008
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I just love this book. Yes it is a frustrated & angry outburst at a society who just doesn't understand - but it is anger at it's most razor sharp, creative & cynical best. Forget the 'New Age' and enjoy the humour of a bitter soul raging against the machine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read, 22 Jun 2011
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Understanding the human race is very important for our development in a positive way. When we see the little men all we can do is give them this book and hope they will learn and try to develop ourselves positively even if they dont.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Novel view on man's situation, 2 Jun 2010
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Mrs. Neia S. Glynn "neiaglynn" (Kingston, Surrey) - See all my reviews
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This was a fascinating monologue from a man who had spent his career trying to understand and help his fellow man but who felt consistently betrayed. On the surface he appears pretty venomous towards the generalised 'little man' who represents us all in the majority but he is so because he wanted to incite people to look at themselves and change for the better. I really enjoyed this book: it's the sort that is something different, something that stays with you. It makes you think about what you could be if you stood up for what you truly believe.
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