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October 20, 1945

The Sexual Revolution Toward a Self-Governing Character Structure

JAMA. 1945;129(8):581. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860420049027

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This volume, like Character-Analysis, represents an English translation of a German production published in 1930. Also, like Character-Analysis, this book will prove neither valuable nor even interesting to any one who is not well oriented in psychoanalytic theory and practice. Reich may or may not have some valuable, advanced and constructive ideas. Only time and careful investigation of clinical material will prove whether his deduction, conclusions and what sometimes appear to be fantastic correlations are sound. Like most of Reich's books and papers, this volume is overloaded with "terminology," and even experienced psychoanalysts are liable to get lost in the maze of reichian clichés and attempts at new and original phraseology. The book is extremely confusing, but it is possible that something of value may eventually materialize as a result of Reich's studies. His books, however, are strictly for advanced students.

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