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Wilhelm Reich: Die sexuelle Revolution. 1936

Wilhelm Reich (1897 – 1957) is an unusual psychoanalyst: He connects psychoanalysis with a Marxist analysis of society, and he revolutionizes psychoanalytic treatment by directly including the body. His writings inspired various forms of body-oriented psychotherapies. He is also much more explicit than many other psychoanalysts about working with the client’s sexuality. The following excerpt from his 1936 book “The Sexual Revolution” examines how the family structure translates the oppression of capitalist modern states (which are still authoritarian) into the repression of sexual impulses. Psychoanalysis studies these forms of repressions as “symptoms”, for instance in obsessive-compulsive behaviors. In Reich’s analysis,...