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Reich's classic work on the development and treatment of human character disorders, first published in 1933.
As a young clinician in the 1920s, Wihelm Reich expanded psychoanalytic resistance into the more inclusive technique of character analysis, in which the sum total of typical character attitudes developed by an individual as a blocking against emotional excitations became the object of treatment. These encrusted attitudes functioned as an "armor," which Reich later found to exist simultaneously in chronic muscular spasms. Thus mind and body came together and character analysis opened the way to a biophysical approach to disease and the prevention of it.
his homosexual desire whereas the other only represses it and forms it into some type of symptom? The content is the same in both cases. The essential thing, therefore, is the difference, that is, the mechanism of projection, the ability to project. This, however, has never been understood. Let us take the expressions of our patient seriously. Let us believe what she says word for word. Afterwards, we can decide what has been distorted and what is actually true. Most amazing is the statement
disappointed by me had already been interpreted repeatedly, without success. b) His attitude toward me, the transference of his unconscious attitude toward his brother, was clearly full of hate and envy; to avoid the danger of having the interpretation fizzle out, it was best not to analyze this attitude at this point. c) He warded off his feminine transference; the defense could not be interpreted without touching upon the forbidden femininity. d) He felt inferior to me because of his
father) appeared as a robber (= castrator). Thus, his contemporary resistance (distrust due to money) was intimately related to the old masturbation anxiety (castration anxiety). With respect to the second part of the dream, I told him that he was afraid I might hurt him, that I might endanger his life. Unconsciously, however, it was his father he was afraid of. After some opposition, he accepted this interpretation and, in this connection, he himself began to discuss his exaggerated
deduce from the particular situation as a whole the sequence, emphasis, and depth of the interpretations necessary in each individual case, it would be easy to contend: interpret everything as it appears. To this contention, we reply: when countless experiences and the subsequent theoretical assessment of these experiences teach us that the interpretation of the entire material in this way and in the sequence in which it appears does not, in a very large number of cases, achieve the purpose of
him what impression this analytic situation had made on him. He replied that it was all very interesting but it did not affect him very deeply—the tears had simply “escaped” him; it had been very embarrassing. An explanation of the necessity and fruitfulness of such excitement was to no avail. His resistance increased perceptibly; his communications became superficial; his attitude, on the other hand, grew more and more pronounced, i.e., more noble, more composed, more reserved. Perhaps it was