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August 2, 2011 / adgerellis

WASHINGTON DEBT LIMIT: COMPROMISE PART 3

Doctor Wilhelm Reich in his psychoanalysts tried to understand economics in a  psychology of social structure, to quote from Doctor Reich’s biography,

“Marx’s dialectical optimism, which can be traced to both Jewish and Christian millennial traditions, simply could not understand the psychic contradictions that occurred within the worker, namely, that her or his desire for rebellion was in eternal struggle with an even stronger need to overcome castration anxiety by appeasing the patriarch and repressing all rebellious impulses. This primal contradiction made a mockery of optimistic dialectic that assumed that a change in material conditions would bring about a change in the consciousness of the so-called proletarian class.”

In October 1934 Dr. Reich with his wife moved to Oslo, Norway.

“Dr.  Schjelderup, the Director of the Psychological Institute of the University of Oslo, who had been in training with Reich…”invited him to give a series of lectures on Character Analysis and Bio-physics at the institute. Some months later, the facilities of the institute were put at his disposal, enabling him to start his long-contemplated experiments on bio-electric nature of sexuality and anxiety. For quite a while, Dr. Reich had thought that it should be possible to measure electrically the excitation of biological energy in the erogenous zones  of the body; that through vagotonic and sympath-eticotonic reaction as expressed, for instance, in the contraction and relaxation of muscles or opening and closing valves, it should be possible to show experimentally the antithesis of the pleasure and anxiety reactions found in the functions of the autonomous nervous system. The results of these experiments with an oscillograph were published by Sexpol-Verlag in 1937, under the title ‘Experimentelle Ergebnisse uber die elektrische Funktion von Sexualitat und Angst.’  Many of Dr. Reich’s co-workers, assistants, and students put themselves at his disposal and served as human guinea pigs for these  experiments.  The oscillograph, wired to the person, would record reactions to opposite stimuli, such as sugar or salt on the tongue, soft stroking or scratching of skin surfaces, and so on.  There was no sexual intercourse between the participants.

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