Wilhelm Reich - Radical Psychoanalyst

9 June 2018

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Venue: LARC (London Action Resource Centre), 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES

Organiser: Dan Lowe

Dan Lowe is a teacher and trainee psychoanalyst, with 20 years of experience of study and practice of Reich's work. I have a strong interest in how the psyche connects to the body.

This talk is an introduction to the life and work of radical psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich.

Reich has been christened the founder of the ‘sexual revolution’ (he coined the term). He was the first to incorporate the body into psychoanalysis. Along the way, he broke with Freud, practiced radical biology, fought fascism, founded his own discipline of alternative physics, and fled to the US.

In the US his radical ideas brought him into conflict with the authorities and he was eventually jailed, dying in prison in 1957. He is the only person whose books were burnt by both the Nazis and the US government.

This talk will look at his life and work and assess what he can take from his profound legacy.