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Reich Speaks of Freud

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Wilhelm Reich, M.D. Discusses His Work
and His Relationship with Sigmund Freud

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux — 1967

“The Wilhelm Reich interview, conducted by Kurt Eissler, M.D.
representing the Sigmund Freud Archives, took place at Orgonon
in Rangeley, Maine, on October 18 and 19, 1952…While Reich
in many of his writings did refer to this relationship and to the
conflict that developed later, the directness and informality of the
interview technique has made it possible to elicit the information
in a manner that is both simple and concise, and should have
the advantage of placing the reader in a favorable position to
determine for himself what was at issue.”

–Mary Boyd Higgins &
Chester M. Raphael, M.D.
(from Editors’ Preface)

The core of this book is a tape-recorded interview of Wilhelm Reich conducted by a representative of the Sigmund Freud Archives, Inc.   Published here for the first time–much to the displeasure of the Freud Archives–it is a profoundly human and unusually candid document that supplies a long-awaited clarification
of the relationship between Freud and Reich.   Reich is both critical and compassionate as he discusses the personally tragic but scientifically vital implications of his relationship with Freud.

The book also has an extensive Documentary Supplement containing pertinent extracts from Reich’s writings, as well as previously unpublished material from his archives, including letters to Freud, Adler,
Ferenczi, and others involved in the early struggles within psychoanalysis.   This book also includes documents revealing the unrelenting hostility of the psychoanalysts toward Reich.

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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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