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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1 Mar. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374502692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374502690
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
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Wilhelm Reich, a native of Austria, was born in 1897. His many works include "Listen, Little Man!," "Character Analysis," and "The Mass Psychology of Fascism." He died in 1957.


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WR is the forgotten, reviled thinker of the 20th century. He takes Sigmund Freud's insights to another level. We can't afford to let his work languish in obscurity.
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HASH(0x8eb8e0c0) out of 5 stars This is what objective science should look like 26 Sept. 2015
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Interesting. It basically states that sexual repression is the corner stone of authoritarian, patriarchal society. The family is the mini prison cell everybody is born into, and since nobody else is available the child is guaranteed to build some Oedipus complex toward her parents, as even suppressed sexuality must flow in some direction. The family itself is the "root cause" of Oedipus complex, as the child must bind to someone in a generally sex negating culture, as his/her sexuality slowly develops (yes, Reich thinks even small child has some sexual drives, depending the age/maturity of the child). Reich is a big supporter of adolescent sexuality (but not any form of pedophilia), as youngsters suffer enormously until they are "allowed" to sex under the marriage contract (thankfully our age, at least in the so-called western world is more supportive and sex no longer requires a marriage license).
In Reich's opinion, the suppressed sex drives manifest in every possible form of perversion and mental sickness.
On the other hand, when somebody's sex drives allowed to develop naturally, the resulting person is much more balanced (and much harder to control...). Far from becoming a mindless animal, a gentle, trusting person develops, not necessarily capable of life-long monogamy, but very picky in sexual relationships, as quality matters and not quantity.
The problem is, that every child arrives into an already sick world, so there is little opportunity for the poor child to develop "naturally", unhindered by the already sick masses of people. That is why Reich supported the radical ideas of communism, and the dissolution of family. In his opinion the children must live with their age group under the guidance of specially trained people who let them develop in a natural way and not passing their existing sexual inhibitions to them. The parents can of course visit the child but too strong, unnatural bonds must not be developed. In a few generations the sexually sick people simply die out and the rest can live happily ever after.
Interesting - there is little chance it can be arranged as Reich envisioned. But there is certainly a lot of truth and good quality science in his works. Some of his ideas, like public support for adolescent sexuality can actually work and make our world a better place.
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