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From Psychoanalysis to Vegetotherapy

From Psychoanalysis to Vegetotherapy

Article by Phillip W. Bennett PhD

The following is a transcription of a lecture which was given by Dr. Philip Bennett on April 30, 2011. “Video – From Psychoanalysis to Vegetotherapy (Part 1 & 2)” I first got interested in Wilhelm Reich in 1962 when I read The Function of the Orgasm, and in 1963 I started therapy with someone trained […]

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On the Sexual Rights of Youth

On the Sexual Rights of Youth

Article by Stephan Simonian M.D.

Reader Lloyd Bagwell has sent an astute comment in response to an article, called “Sublimation According to Anna Freud," we published earlier: I want to ask a serious question. Why is modern orgonomy seemingly so incapable of making a social stand against the repression of natural sexuality? I don’t understand what prevents anyone writing anything […]

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How I Became A Case History For Dr. Wilhelm Reich

How I Became A Case History For Dr. Wilhelm Reich

Article by Editor

By Jean Rosenthal Harris. In 1950, I was twenty three years old and pregnant with my first child. My husband Ed and I were living in a cold water flat on East 41st St. and 2nd Ave. in Manhattan. The United Nations building was under construction just a few blocks away. We learned from Ed’s […]

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Dr. Victor M. Sobey

Dr. Victor M. Sobey

Article by Dr. Harry Lewis

In the past we have published videos and transcribed a seminar lecture given in 1993 by the late Dr. Victor M. Sobey, M.D., a student of Wilhelm Reich. The Institute for the Study of the Work of Wilhelm Reich coordinated these seminars, which the orgonomist Dr. Harry Lewis moderated. David Silver, a dedicated supporter of Wilhelm Reich’s work, recorded the […]

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Wilhelm Reich and the History of Orgonomy

Wilhelm Reich and the History of Orgonomy

Article by Morton Herskowitz D.O.

In the fall of 2009, The Institute of Orgonomic Science (IOS), held a one-day seminar in Philadelphia.  In this seminar, Dr. Morton Herskowitz talked about Wilhelm Reich and the history of orgonomy.  We have posted the video of this seminar in our journal, however for those of you who may like to read Dr. Herskowitz’s lecture, we […]

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The Scientific Basis of Orgonomy (script)

The Scientific Basis of Orgonomy (script)

Article by Editor

The following is Dr. Victor Sobey’s lecture in October of1993, which was arranged by the Institute for the Study of the Work of Wilhelm Reich. In this lecture, Dr. Sobey talked about the scientific basis of orgonomy.  The seminar was moderated by Dr. Harry Lewis and Mr. David Silver  recorded  the lecture.  We thank both Dr. Lewis and  Mr. Silver […]

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Dr. Reich’s Arrival to the United States

Dr. Reich’s Arrival to the United States

Article by Stephan Simonian M.D.

In August of 1939, Reich received a visa to travel to the United States.  On August 19th, he set sail on the last boat to leave Norway for the United States before WWII broke out on September 3rd. Dr. Theodore Wolfe had a crucial role in Reich’s immigration to the United States and his role […]

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History of Orgone Therapy (Part 7)

History of Orgone Therapy (Part 7)

Article by Dr. Harry Lewis

History of Orgone Therapy, by Dr. Harry Lewis

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History of Orgone Therapy (Part 5 & 6)

History of Orgone Therapy (Part 5 & 6)

Article by Dr. Harry Lewis

History of Orgone Therapy, by Dr. Harry Lewis

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History of Orgone Therapy (Part 3 & 4)

History of Orgone Therapy (Part 3 & 4)

Article by Dr. Harry Lewis

History of Orgone Therapy, by Dr. Harry Lewis

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History of Orgone Therapy (Part 1 & 2)

History of Orgone Therapy (Part 1 & 2)

Article by Dr. Harry Lewis

History of Orgone Therapy, by Dr. Harry Lewis

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Reichs Points of Departure from Freud (Part 11)

Reichs Points of Departure from Freud (Part 11)

Article by Stephan Simonian M.D.

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A HYBRID IN-PERSON/ONLINE CONFERENCE – AUGUST 2 TO 5, 2022

The Living Body: Wilhelm Reich’s Influence on Contemporary Psychotherapies

 

In pursuing the development of psychosomatic medicine and an energetic model of health which respected the importance of psyche and soma equally, Wilhelm Reich created the foundation for what ultimately came to be known as the fields of Body Psychotherapy, Somatic Psychology and others.

Building upon the conference we presented in the summer of 2021, Wilhelm Reich and Psychoanalysis, the goal of this conference is to map the field of body-centered therapy today. Speakers from the Americas, Europe and Australia, representing Reich’s Orgone Therapy as well as a variety of schools which are heirs to Reich such as Radix, Bioenergetics, Biodynamic Therapy, Biosynthesis, Gestalt, Navarro, Core Energetics and other modalities based in important ways on his approach, will present and describe their respective theories, training processes and therapeutic methods.

Historians will present an overview of Reich’s evolution from psychoanalysis to character analysis, to the more body-centered character analytic vegetotherapy, and beyond.

By exploring this field through the common denominator, the theories and techniques developed by Wilhelm Reich, we hope to generate interaction and exchanges and highlight the similarities, differences and relationships between traditions.

With so many schools of therapy represented, there are bound to be some differences of opinion about theory and practice. By bringing them together, we hope to give participants a comprehensive overview of the field and build bridges between individuals and groups who have much in common and might benefit from direct, respectful interaction with one another.

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