by Stephen, May 25, 2005 12:38 PM
Wilhelm Reich studied under Freud in Vienna and was a respected psychotherapist before his unorthodox ways got him kicked out of that particular circle. Reich viewed ALL neurosis as a result of an inability to experience full sexual release. He developed techniques to liberate the trapped emotional energy in the body he called "character armor." Reich saw how psychological health was inseparable from political and social realities and his work with the Communist Party caused the Nazis to evict him from Germany. He pursued his research in many countries, deported from all of them, before ending up in the United States where he was imprisoned in 1954 and a federal judge ordered that his books be incinerated. Modern body work and energy practices borrow many techniques from Reich, who is rarely credited. All but his latest books are currently in print and all provide a window into the ideas of this remarkable man.