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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Bioenergetics Press (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974373729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974373720
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,781,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Passionate Therapist on May 15, 2010
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The word pleasure now often has a bad connotation due to hedonism and excess. But as Dr Lowen points out, excess comes from a real inability to experience pleasure, and a subsequent desperate attempt to force things.

Like almost all of Lowen's books, this one is so full of understanding that it is worth reading over and over. However, it is also so well written that it does not require the rereading to be comprehended. This is also Lowen's first book that didn't include a lot Freudian psychology. Instead it relies on common sense everyday observation that the reader can verify for her or himself.

Pleasure is simply the human experience when the living process is supported and not repressed. It used to be common knowledge but now is largely forgotten. Our culture implies that great pleasure comes after great effort and attainment. Lowen points out that pleasure comes more naturally, and that the consequence of the long delay of gratification is often the inability to experience gratification
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The book is exceptional. It's filled with so much great information for the reader. And it's all knowledge that you can apply to your own life almost immediately. I recommend this book to anybody who loves the idea of becoming the strongest version of yourself, and getting the most pleasure out of our wonderful existence
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Peter Fritz Walter on May 29, 2014
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In 'Pleasure: A Creative Approach to Life', Alexander Lowen (1910-2008) explains why pleasure is of the utmost importance for a sane and balanced life, and for both mental and physical health and wellbeing.

We are living in another era than Dr. Lowen did. The control of the state has risen about everywhere in the world, the principles of pleasure and self-regulation have largely been abandoned and replaced with a sort of compulsive morality or moralism that interpenetrates today all of life, and of political life. Hence, the books of the late Dr. Wilhelm Reich and Dr. Alexander Lowen are the reminders today for us that the social policies in place, with their negativistic view of the human being, their tendency to declare more and more of natural behavior ‘a crime’ and to sharply control human behavior, together with the prohibition of psychedelic substances mark a turn in the wrong direction, away from nature and toward more and more structural violence and state control.

The media do a large part of the social brainwashing of the consumer into believing governments and corporations were more important than the human body; they make believe the citizen that total consumption without reflection is the ‘ideal way of life’—while about everywhere in the world there is conflict, poverty and misery, virtually around the globe.

Wilhelm Reich’s social predictions were harmless against what is really going on today, as the rise of fascism is clearly to be noted everywhere.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Chirko on August 20, 2008
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Ah..."Pleasure"--a 251 page, 1970 book on the biology, emotions, beauty and truth of pleasure by American psychiatrist Alexander Lowen, M.D., 1910- . Lowen is a former Wilhelm Reich pupil and a founder of Bioenergetic Analysis, a psychotherapy involving rejuvenation of one's body through extensive exercising. The subtitle of this work is "A Creative Approach to Life" and in it he says, "Not only does pleasure provide the motive force for the creative process, it is also the product of that process." It is, as well, interesting to note that British medical psychologist/sexologist Havelock Ellis, in his book, "On Life and Sex" (1922), stated, "...sexual pleasure, wisely used...may prove the stimulus and liberator of our...most exalted activities."

So, to the rudiments, we should know that the release of energy or current flow culminates in satisfaction from physiological tension, sending one into the subjective state of pleasure which is a polarity of feeling. This energy charge is always equivalent to the tension in any pleasurable experience. The authenticity of pleasure sustains a person in a self-possessed state without disquietude but may nevertheless create its own "cul de sac" if its means are subdued. It may, in such cases, deny immediate satisfaction, thus providing a more everlasting gratification. Pleasure must be understood not as the aim of life but as that which is concordant with any of man's virtuous activities. The pursuit of sexual pleasure is not merely something that is sought after by animals, but something all humans should crave for, being rooted in abundance and freedom of the sex act. It should never be confounded with joy or happiness, however, for the fruit of pleasure does not always bring joy, for example when this pleasure is irrational.
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