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Reichian Character Structures #4 The Dreamer

Reichian Character Types #4    Dreamer  (aka Unwanted Child,  formerly Schizoid) Knowledge: The basic pattern of the Dreamer is simply to escape in the face of threat. Something interesting I note about the Dreamer is that, in contrast to the Oral, Endurer or Rigid subtypes, you do seem to get a lot of people strongly […]

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Reichian Character Structures #3.4 Masculine Aggressive

Rigid subtype, Female Knowledge: Something to take from this whole series is an understanding of the significance of egoic strength, known in Freudian psychology as aggression. This aggression is not a negative thing. It merely refers to the degree to which we can move out into the world, getting our needs met, and protecting our […]

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Reichian Character Structures #3.3 Passive Feminine

Rigid Subtype – Male Appearance & Behaviour Soft feminine voice, lacking depth Soft, smooth, unlined feminine face Soft hands Gentle manner, exaggerated politeness, apologising, over-friendly, fake humble Lack of assertiveness in body movements Shy, hard to be in front of a group May have high body flexibility Reaction to authority Manipulative, cunning Phobic, dominated by […]

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Reichian Character Structures #3.2 Hysterical

Rigid subtype – Female Introduction Something that is interesting to note in these Rigid sub-types is that the male and female personality develops quite differently from a similar childhood. This is partly due to cultural conditioning, esp around sexual expression, but mostly due to the fact that the characteristic trauma that creates these types comes […]

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Reichian Character Structures #3.1 The Phallic Narcissist

Rigid subtype – Male Knowledge: Contrast with Oral or Endurer – these are pregenital phase trauma characters, sometimes called “ego deficient.” Orals tend to collapse. Endurers provoke then collapse. Phallic Narcissists can carry things through because the ego is better developed. Affect Block, rather than deficient. Armouring. Compare and contrast with Influencer (psychopath). They are […]

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Reichian Character Structures #2. The Endurer

(formerly known as The Masochist) Appearance & Behaviour: More likely to be male Tend to be heavyset / musclebound Short bull-neck May look big and dangerous but actually very passive They perceive life as a burden that needs to be endured Hardworking, but little joy in what they do Talking about work or relationship, they […]

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Reichian Character Structures #1 The Oral

Appearance & Behaviour: Neck craning forwards Chest back, belly forwards Submissive body posture Needy, acting helpless Life energy – low Legs weak, knees locked straight Psychology: Oral traits form in very early childhood, the pre-genital phase – 0 to 18 months – from a withdrawal wound. The wound creates a feeling of Deprivation, of never […]

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Making a Bioenergetic Stool

You don’t require much equipment to do most of Bioenergetics, perhaps a yoga mat, a timing app, and a foam roller. But, at some point, it’s important to be able to lean backwards over a suitably sturdy bar, in order to open more deeply parts of the back and sometimes the thorax. Traditionally, this has […]

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