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February 1946

Character-Analysis: Principles and Technique for Psychoanalysts in Practice and in Training.

Arch NeurPsych. 1946;55(2):170. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1946.02300130096018

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As the subtitle indicates, thebook is of primary interest to psychoanalysts. It is an excellent study of the problems of technic. Reich's exposition of his thesis is clear and penetrating. Much of the material on character analysis is part and parcel of present day analytic procedure. The discussions of the many problems that arise in psychoanalytic practice are clear and instructive. His account of the differences between neurotic symptoms and character problems is clear and cogent. The author stresses the need of knowledge about the orgasm and its psychic function. His disagreement with Freud's concept of the death instinct as an explanation of masochism is presented. His own theoretic conception of the origin of masochism is well stated.

The footnotes relate to Reich's more recent work with the Orgone, but they can be easily disregarded by the reader. They merely intensify one's regret that so able a worker wanders so