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The Function of the Orgasm Hardcover – February, 1973

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux; y First American edition edition (February 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374159653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374159658
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,571,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Kamp on January 11, 2013
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This relatively small-sized book contains material more all-encompassing than its title would suggest. It develops an explanation of the natural purpose of genital orgasm within our lives as individuals, and for humanity as a whole, in the form of a "scientific biography", where the reader not only begins to understand Reich's vision of the true nature of natural sanity in our lives, but is also given a firsthand account of the setting within which that vision was developed. This setting includes the rise of fascism between the World Wars in Central Europe, in addition to the development at the same time of the psychiatry of Sigmund Freud.

I would recommend it mostly to professionals in areas of study related to sociology, psychology and psychiatry, but also to anybody interested in how life works. There are some great clues here...some incredible dysfunctional-culture busting clues.

Its downside is that it can become highly technical, using the specialized language of early 20th Century psychoanalysis. Also note that it is a translation from the original text written in German.

But it all adds up to something very important if you are into challenging yourself: top-notch material from a dedicated author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 11, 2014
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Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957) was an Austrian psychoanalyst, who tried to reconcile psychoanalysis with Marxism, and contended that neurosis is rooted in a lack of what he called "orgastic potency." He claimed to have discovered a cosmic sexual energy he call “Orgone,” self-publishing books about his increasingly controversial theories, and selling “Orgone Accumulator” boxes commercially, for which he was ultimately imprisoned for violation of FDA regulations, had his books burned, and died in prison. He continues to be a popular (if polarizing) figure, and his books are all still in print, such as Early Writings, Character Analysis, The Mass Psychology of Fascism, Selected Writings: An Introduction to Orgonomy, Bion Experiments, Listen, Little Man!, The Murder of Christ, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to the Second Edition of this book, "The Discovery of the orgone was the result of the consistent, clinical application of the concept of 'psychic energy,' initially in the field of psychiatry.
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