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Start your review of Fear of Life Write a review Jun 07, Arjun Ravichandran rated it it was amazing This is an analysis of human neurosis from a neo-Freudian perspective, particularly focusing on the treatments and therapies of Wilhelm Reich, a controversial disciple of Freud who re-established psychoanalytical focus on the body as continuing the maintenance of neurosis through muscular tensions. Lowen, who was a student of Reich, takes this basic paradigm the unhealthiness of the neurotic mind as manifested in the unhealthiness of the body and applies it across or so pages in his This is an analysis of human neurosis from a neo-Freudian perspective, particularly focusing on the treatments and therapies of Wilhelm Reich, a controversial disciple of Freud who re-established psychoanalytical focus on the body as continuing the maintenance of neurosis through muscular tensions. Lowen, who was a student of Reich, takes this basic paradigm the unhealthiness of the neurotic mind as manifested in the unhealthiness of the body and applies it across or so pages in his analysis of human behavior. I learnt something new almost on every page, and it was a deeply engaging and mind-expanding view of neurosis, i.

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Beneath the seemingly rational exterior of our lives is a fear of insanity. We dare not question the values by which we live or rebel against the roles we play for fear of putting our sanity into doubt. We are like the inmates of a mental institution who must accept its inhumanity and insensitivity as caring and knowledgeableness if they hope to be regarded as sane enough to leave. The question, what is sanity? The idea that much of what we do is insane and that if we want to be sane, we must let ourselves go crazy has been strongly advanced by R.

In the preface to the Pelican edition of his book The Divided Self , Laing writes: "In the context of our present pervasive madness that we call normality, sanity, freedom, all of our frames of reference are ambiguous and equivocal. Thus Reich says, "Homo normalis blocks off entirely the perception of basic orgonotic functioning by means of rigid armoring; in the schizophrenic, on the other hand, the armoring practically breaks down and thus the biosystem is flooded with deep experiences from the biophysical core with which it cannot cope.

The schizophrenic cannot cope with these sensations because his body is too contracted to tolerate the charge. Unable to "block" the excitation or reduce it as a neurotic can, and unable to "stand" the charge, the schizophrenic is literally "driven crazy.

He avoids insanity by blocking the excitation, that is, by reducing it to a point where there is no danger of explosion, or bursting. In effect the neurotic undergoes a psychological castration. However, the potential for explosive release is still present in his body, although it is rigidly guarded as if it were a bomb. The neurotic is on guard against himself, terrified to let go of his defenses and allow his feelings free expression.

Having become, as Reich calls him, "homo normalis," having bartered his freedom and ecstasy for the security of being "well adjusted," he sees the alternative as "crazy. Without going "crazy," without becoming "mad," so mad that he could kill, it is impossible to give up the defenses that protect him in the same way that a mental institution protects its inmates from self-destruction and the destruction of others.

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