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Resisting Authoritarianism with a Life-affirming Agenda: A Psychoanalytic Perspective

Resisting Authoritarianism with a Life-affirming Agenda: A Psychoanalytic Perspective

Article by DR. Andreas Peglau

Editor’s Note: I met Andreas Peglau quite by accident at the Reich exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Vienna in 2007. With excitement he showed me a page from Bertholt Brecht’s personal copy of Reich’s “Dialectical Materialism and Psychoanalysis” with Brecht’s marginal notes. We chatted, swapped email addresses, and thus began an on-going relationship. We [...]

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Progress in the Juvenile Justice System

Progress in the Juvenile Justice System

Article by Dorothy D. Burlage PhD

Wilhelm Reich had personal experience with the American prison system when he was incarcerated at Ellis Island, New York, in 1941 – 1942; in Danbury, Connecticut, for twelve days in 1957; and finally in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he died in 1957. Upon release from his detention as a suspected “enemy alien” at Ellis Island from [...]

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Fascistic Irrationalism <br /> “Let There be Peace on Earth”

Fascistic Irrationalism
“Let There be Peace on Earth”

Article by Stephan Simonian M.D.

“Let There be Peace on Earth” The atrocities that we are witnessing today–the destruction of cities, mass murders, people fleeing war-torn countries for unknown destinations–have recurred throughout history and are not much different from the atrocities that Reich described during both World Wars. Reich explained that this violence and destruction was a consequence of denying [...]

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Wilhelm Reich’s Social and Political Insights

Wilhelm Reich’s Social and Political Insights

Article by Phillip W. Bennett PhD

Presented at the Institute for Orgonomic Science Conference, entitled: “Science, Love and Society: an Introduction to Orgonomy, the Work of Wilhelm Reich” University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, April 11, 2015 I’ve been studying Wilhelm Reich’s social and political thought for the last ten years. Here is some of what I’ve learned. Wilhelm Reich was a [...]

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May God Save this Country from Enemies, Famine and Lies

May God Save this Country from Enemies, Famine and Lies

Article by Stephan Simonian M.D.

After the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in which several young school children and their teachers were killed, I wrote about psychological illness that may cause this type of violent and unpredictable behavior in my article, Sandy Hook elementary School tragedy. In response, a reader recently sent a comment, questioning the authenticity of this story [...]

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The Boston Marathon Bombing: An Orgonomic Analysis

The Boston Marathon Bombing: An Orgonomic Analysis

Article by Stephan Simonian M.D.

On Monday, April 15, 2013, on a beautiful spring day when the Boston Marathon is traditionally held, two bombs exploded at the finish line, killing 3 people and injuring an estimated 260 spectators. Among the deceased were an 8 year old boy, Martin Richard, who was cheering his father as he approached the finish line; [...]

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Malinowski Revisited and Reich’s Children of the Future

Malinowski Revisited and Reich’s Children of the Future

Article by Morton Herskowitz D.O.

Editor’s Note In many of his writings, Dr. William Reich suggests that Malinowski’s anthropological and sociological studies affirm Reich’s psychological and social theories. For example, in The Function of Orgasm, Reich says: Malinowski’s principle work,The Sexual Life of Savages, appeared in 1929. This book contained a profusion of material which made it quite clear that [...]

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“Contemporary somatic psychology – an overview of the field”

“Contemporary somatic psychology – an overview of the field”

Article by Daniel Schiff PhD

Based on a talk given on April 28th, 2012 at the conference entitled Somatic Psychology: Its Origins and Development. Daniel Schiff, PhD I want to start off by just giving you a sense of where the idea of this particular workshop or seminar came about as many of you, as I have just learned, have [...]

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Terrorism at Home: Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy

Terrorism at Home: Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy

Article by Stephan Simonian M.D.

On January 26, 2011, we published an article in this journal entitled “Our Teenage Suicide Bombers.” In that article, we contended that teenagers in other parts of the world who commit suicide bombings were raised in traumatic environments that damaged the teens’ normal psychological growth. We contended that these young suicide bombers were already exploding [...]

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In Pursuit of Happiness

In Pursuit of Happiness

Article by Stephan Simonian M.D.

“Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” is a widely-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence. It is one of the most influential and frequently cited phrases in the English Language. This phrase is “meant to exemplify the ‘unalienable rights’ with which all human beings are endowed by their creator and for the [...]

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Contraception, Wilhelm Reich, Ms. Sandra Fluke and Rush Limbaugh.

Contraception, Wilhelm Reich, Ms. Sandra Fluke and Rush Limbaugh.

Article by Stephan Simonian M.D.

In his book The Function of the Orgasm, written in 1940, Wilhelm Reich addresses the concept of Fascist Irrationalism with the following: “In our sexual education, we are not faced with the alternative of sexual activity versus abstinence, but with alternative of natural and healthy sexuality versus perverse and neurotic sexuality.” Healthy sexuality is reflection [...]

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Sublimation According to Anna Freud

Sublimation According to Anna Freud

Article by Stephan Simonian M.D.

One part of Reich Speaks of Freud is a transcript of an interview between Dr. Wilhelm Reich and Dr. Kurt Robert Eissler. Dr Reich says: Will our children, in a hundred years, when they are five or six years old, be able to live their natural lives as nature or God ordains it? Or will they sublimate according [...]

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