Wilhelm reich (1897-1947) was an Austrian-American doctor, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst of Jewish origin. He was a member of the Psychoanalytic Society from Vienna, being initially a disciple of Freud. However, his theories later became independent of institutional psychoanalysis. Of his studies of Freud, the points that interested him most were the unconscious, the neurosis and the libido.
Philosopher who tried to achieve the synthesis between Marxism and psychoanalysis, while some describe him as one of the most "lucid and revolutionary" thinkers of the twentieth century, whose books were burned; others say that their ideas and theories could well be classified as delusions.
Famous quotes of Wilhelm Reich
The truth is hidden in the feelings of people who feel oppressed and are not able to express themselves.
Emotional and physical states can be altered by changing the breathing pattern.
Man has the right to know, learn, ask and make mistakes, human emotions must be investigated, of course, safely, and the word "freedom" should never be more than an empty political slogan.
Once we open ourselves to the flow of energy within our body, we can also open ourselves to the flow of energy in the universe.
Love is the absence of anxiety.
All muscle stiffness contains the history and meaning of its origin.
It is the basic evasion of the essential that is the problem of man.
Honest pioneering work in the field of science has always been, and will continue to be, the pilot of life. Everywhere, life is surrounded by hostility. This puts us under an obligation.
I abide by the letter all the laws that make sense, but I combine those that are obsolete or absurd.
The vital energies are regulated naturally without obligation or compulsive morality, both are sure signs of the existing antisocial impulses.
Only one thing matters: living a good and happy life. Do what your heart asks of you, even when it leads you along paths that shy souls would avoid. Even when life is a torment, don't let it harden you.
If "freedom" means, first of all, the responsibility of each individual for the rational determination of their own personal, professional and social existence, then there is no greater fear than the establishment of general freedom.
The little man does not know that he is small, and is afraid to know. He covers his smallness and narrowness with illusions of strength and greatness.
The unity and congruence of culture and nature, work and love, morality and sexuality, yearned for from time immemorial, will remain a dream as long as man continues to condemn the biological demand for natural sexual satisfaction.
The question is how and why the inlays and rigidities of human emotional life lead us directly to a vegetative life.
Every positive manifestation of life is aggressive. Much of the pernicious inhibition of aggressiveness that our children suffer is due to the equation of aggressive with perverse.
Only the release of the natural capacity for love in human beings can dominate their sadistic destructiveness.
And the truth must finally be in what each oppressed individual feels within himself, but does not have the courage to express.
Love, work and knowledge are the sources of our life.
All seemingly arbitrary destructive action is a reaction of the organism to the frustration of a gratification of a vital need, especially of a sexual need.
Until man is willing to recognize his animal nature, in the good sense of the word, he will not create a genuine culture.
We live in communities not so that we can repress and dominate each other, or make each other miserable, but so that we can improve and more reliably meet the healthy needs of our entire lives.
Follow the voice of your heart, even if it takes you out of the way of shy souls. Don't become hard and bitter, even if life tortures you sometimes. There is only one thing that counts: living life well and happily ...
Power, no matter what type of power, without the basis of truth, is a dictatorship, one way or another, since it is always based on man's fear of social responsibility and personal burden that "freedom" entails
The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not proof of their vitally necessary character. The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality, but no one would have considered it vitally necessary.
Make it clear that you do not have time for war, that you have more important things to do ... allow diplomats and quarterbacks to shoot each other.
When social cooperation is altered, the power of the State is always strengthened.
Revolutionary practice in any field of human existence develops itself if one understands the contradictions in each new process; it consists of putting oneself on the side of those forces that act in the direction of progressive development.
Psychic health depends on orgasmic potency, that is, the degree to which one can surrender and experience the climax of arousal in the natural sexual act. It is based on the healthy character attitude of the individual's capacity for love. Psychic diseases are the result of a disturbance of the natural capacity for love.
We live in a community of people, not so that we can repress and dominate each other or make others feel miserable, but so that we can better and more reliably meet all the healthy needs of life.
I know that God exists, but not in the way you believe. God is a cosmic energy, it is the love of your body, your perceptions, nature and everything that is outside of you.
Confusing insolence with freedom has always been the hallmark of the slave.
Because we have no memory for the things that happened ten or twenty years ago, still less than those two thousand years ago. We cling with all their strength to absurdities such as 'race', 'class', 'nation', forcing us to observe a religion and repress love.
Mysticism, in the most literal sense of the term, is nothing but the exchange of sensory perceptions for something unreal that does not belong to this world.
MAN is fundamentally an animal. Animals, unlike man, are not mechanically or sadistic; their societies, within the same species, are incomparably more peaceful than those of man. The basic question, then, is: what has caused the animal, man, to degenerate in this way?
Only you can be your liberator!
Labor democracy does not want to prevent or prohibit anything. Its only intention is the fulfillment of the biological functions of life, love, work and knowledge.
Sexual suppression is an essential instrument in the production of economic slavery. Sexual repression is of socioeconomic and non-biological origin.
For the first time in the history of medicine, the emotional plague, built and maintained on the fear of organic sensations, has found its medical opponent. This is our great obligation: to enable the human animal to accept the nature that exists within it, to stop escaping it and enjoy what it now fears so much.
The few poems that have been occasionally created in a time of abstinence are not of great interest.
If the psychic energies of the mass of people watching a football game or a musical comedy could be diverted to the rational channels of a freedom movement, they would be invincible.
Most intellectual people do not believe in God, but they fear him in the same way.
Complete sexual awareness and the natural regulation of sexual life, signify the end of mystical feelings. In other words, natural sexuality is the mortal enemy of mystical religion. The church and its struggle over sexuality as the center of its dogmas and its influence on the masses, confirms this concept.
Hitler repeatedly emphasized that one could not reach the masses with arguments, evidence and knowledge, but only with feelings and beliefs.
Sexually awake women, affirmed and recognized as such, would mean the total collapse of authoritarian ideology.
Psychic disturbances are the consequences of the sexual chaos of society. For thousands of years, this chaos has had the function of psychically subjecting man to the prevailing conditions of existence, of internalizing the external mechanization of life. It has served to provoke the psychic anchoring of a mechanized and authoritarian civilization by making man unable to function independently.
The pleasure of living and the pleasure of orgasm are identical. The extreme anxiety of orgasm forms the basis of the general fear of life.
I came to consider instinct as nothing more than the aspect of the motor of pleasure.
Rooting at work is crucial to any achievement. Rooting with simple enthusiasm will eventually force illusory measures to keep the fires of empty enthusiasm burning. And this does politics and politicians.
Famous phrases of psychology