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"Dr. Baker was a superlative psychiatrist and an astute character analyst, making him the ultimate diagnostician." --Paul Mathews, M.A.

This classic book offers a deeper understanding of the core concepts of Wilhelm Reich's universal life energy and it's importance to health. Dr. Baker illustrates techniques for dissolution of chronic body armor, which resulted in dramatic transformations for many of his patients. For mankind, caged in his own armor and prevented from feeling truly alive, this book reads like a road-map out of the trap.

• What is body armor--the seven segments of blocked sexual energy

• How the removal of chronic muscular contractions can most often effectively relieve anxiety and depression and treat manic-depression and schizophrenia

• What you can do to help prevent armoring in your children and increase their chance for health

About the Author

Elsworth Baker, M.D. (1903-1985) was a brilliant therapist, a charismatic teacher, and a courageous physician who fulfilled the challenge of maintaining and expanding the science of orgonomy after Reich's death in 1957. Dr Baker, who received numerous honors for his achievements, founded the American College of Orgonomy in 1968 and served as its president until his death.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: The American College of Orgonomy (October 15, 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0967967007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967967004
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must read for every mental health expert.
Salvatore Iacobello
Elsworth Baker takes the most important aspects of Wilhelm Reich's research and explains them in simple laymen's terms.
joy whelan
So much so that I would not recommend this book for new readers interested in Reich's ideas and therapeutic approach.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By joy whelan on September 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
Elsworth Baker takes the most important aspects of Wilhelm Reich's research and explains them in simple laymen's terms. Reich's profound research into human behavior, from infancy through adulthood, is told in a way by Dr. Baker, so that an ordinary person can understand the finding of Dr. Reich's research on topics like the function of the orgasm, the biophysical makeup of political man, and the healing of humanity of illnessess ( from cancer to war ) using the principals of bioenergetics.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Wald on July 3, 2002
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This book is an exploration of the unique mind-body therapy pioneered by Wilhelm Reich, M.D. The therapy, termed "medical orgone therapy," is practiced today by psychiatrists who have gone on to train in this unique approach to emotional health. Although the book is written with the serious student in mind (medical doctor, psychologist) it is also appropriate for a general audience. Anyone who is interested in improving their emotional health, naturally, should learn about this therapy. Man In the Trap is a good introduction to the treatment.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Salvatore Iacobello on June 5, 2003
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A must read for every mental health expert. This book is a concise, clear and objective presentation of the work of W. Reich. Dr. Baker has given an invaluable contribution in presenting, organizing and clarifying a field of knowledge that is neglected by classical medicine. He also has given an unprecedented gift to mankind in its struggle for happiness. In my opinion this is one of the few works that can help psychiatry to extricate itself from the biochemical quagmire in which is drawning.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Harman, MD on January 6, 2003
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Elsworth Baker's Man in the Trap is a great book for those who want to learn more about what makes people tick.
What I like best about this book is Baker's special gift for describing scientific topics, with all the detail and accuracy that any expert could desire, but still in a way that any intelligent layperson can enjoy and understand completely and easily.
Baker shows how our emotional functioning is based on the same natural laws that govern all living things (some books on this subject explain humans by starting with the behavior of the higher apes, Baker starts with the ameba). He then goes through the stages of human psychosexual development, describes the different healthy and neurotic character types, and has a very moving chapter on how parents and society can support the emotional health of infants and children.
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