- Series: Psychologie (Book 36)
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: LIT Verlag (December 31, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3825835553
- ISBN-13: 978-3825835552
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,506,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Emotional Armoring : An Introduction to Psychiatric Orgone Therapy Paperback – December 31, 2008
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After training in classical psychiatry Dr.Herskowitz continued his studies, first as patient of Dr.Reich's to help "dismantle" his own neurotic structure and character defenses, then as a colleague, participating in the conferences, seminars and projects that were being conducted under Dr.Reich's aegesis. After Reich's death, Dr. Herskowitz continued to practice psychiatric orgone therapy in Philadelphia, PA, which he does to this day.
This book is rich in its use of clinical vignettes, illustrating the process of orgone therapy and the dissolution of the patient's characterlogical and physical armor. Although descriptions of the different armored segments have been given in other orgonomic literature, Dr.Herskowitz manages to give additional information regarding its recognition and treatrment that comes across as fresh and valuable. This could only come from someone who has spent many years working with human beings in a patient, contactful and honest manner. These qualities flow off the page, providing the reader, both layman and professional alike, with insight and knowledge and an appreciation of this work.
The book is s description of medical orgonomy in practice. It is orderly, concise and evocative. But potential readers need to understand something before they shell out.
"A chapter on reducing armoring should be introduced with a warning that the techniques describes are intended neither as a do-it-yourself, self improvement program, nor as procedures with psychotherapists untrained in orgonomy should experiment" - Emotional Armoring: An Introduction to Psychiatric Orgone Therapy, p.67 (Chapter 5)
Given that dissolution of emotional armour is the goal of medical orgonomy the above statement narrows dramatically the *practical* value of the book. The intended readership for this, the most important chapter, is the small number of suitably qualified psychotherapists who have trained, or who are training, in medical orgonomy. This is an absolutely *minute* fraction of the world community and a very small fraction of the people who will read this book.
The reason for this restriction by the author is that, whilst the therapy is logical and can be understood by anyone who applies themselves, it is dangerous. Emotional armour serves a very important function which is that of containing the huge anger held by nearly everyone caused by having their natural functioning thwarted by naive parents acting as the unwitting agents of an essentially sick society. Any uncontrolled dissolution of the armour can cause such massive release of this anger that the subject can very easily become a serious danger both to himself and to others. At a lower level the subject's relationships and livelihood will almost certainly be at risk.Read more ›
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This is an important book
Dr. Herskowitz is the last of the living students of Wilhelm Reich