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REICHIAN GROWTH WORK

REICHIAN GROWTH WORK

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A method by Wilhelm Reich of how to dissolve energy blocks of the human body.
A method by Wilhelm Reich of how to dissolve energy blocks of the human body.

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REICHIAN GROWTH WORK
 
Melting the Blocks to Life and Love
 
Nick Totton
and
Em Edmondson
 illustrated by Kirsty O'Connor
Originally published by Prism Press, 1988
 
2Reichian Growth Work has been out of print for some years, and we have not yet managed tofind an English language publisher to reprint it, although editions have appeared in Spanish(Argentina) and in Dutch (Karnak Press). However, we frequently get asked where copies canbe found; and although our own work has moved on, along with our lives, we still feel thatthis book has a valuable contribution to make. Therefore we are making it freely available onthe Internet, in a version which almost exactly matches the most recent (Dutch) printed text:this offers some important updates to the original book, without attempting to incorporateeverything we have found out since 1988.We would be happy to hear from anyone interested in discussing the book with us, or infinding out more about our current work.(Click herefor Nick Totton's website,herefor Em Edmondson.)
CONTENTS
 Chapter 1: ContextsChapter 2: Energy and ArmourChapter 3: SurrenderChapter 4: The SegmentsChapter 5: Growing UpChapter 6: Character PositionsChapter 7: More on CharacterChapter 8: TherapyChapter 9: PowerChapter 10: Primal PatternsChapter 11: Cosmic StreamingChapter 12: Connections and DirectionsFurther Reading
Introduction to the Dutch Edition
 We are very pleased that Karnak Books have decided to bring out a Dutch edition of ourbook. It is now nine years since it was originally published in English (it has also appeared inSpanish in Argentina); and although our work and thinking have undergone manydevelopments in that time, there is nothing here that we have changed our minds about. Wehave made a few alterations to the original text - the main one is adding the Control Positionto the system of character which we present, having concluded that it is a valid and important
 
3extension of Reichian character theory (it originates with Alexander Lowen, but he calls it the'psychopathic' character). We have also updated the Further Reading, and made one or twoother small changes and additions.Two main things have happened in our own work over the last eight years. The first is that wehave both explored psychoanalytic ideas and techniques; and realised that, although ourexperience of Reichian work was in a humanistic 'growth work' context, he himself started outas an analyst and much of his thinking can only fully be understood from that point of view.This has enriched and deepened our grasp of Reichian therapy; in particular, it hasstrengthened the emphasis in our work on relationship between client and practitioner. Wewould now formulate the central question of Reichian bodywork as: How can I breathe andrelate at the same time?As well as exploring analytic and psychodynamic work, we have also been experiencing whatyou could think of as the 'opposite end' of psychotherapy: process centred approaches,especially Hakomi (which is strongly influenced by Reich) and Process Oriented Psychology(which isn't). Em is now a certified Hakomi trainer; we have both taken part in manyworkshops with Arnold Mindell and other Process Work teachers. From these styles of work we have learnt many things, in particular a deeper understanding of the need to respect andsupport where a person is rather than trying to move them to where we think they should be.We feel that this approach is already implicit in what we have written; but probably now wewould go further in rejecting the 'making better, putting right' approach to therapy. Whatneeds to happen is already trying to happen; it only requires a little help.As we mention in Chapter 1, we have been working for some time now under the title of 'Selfheal'. We now call this work 'Embodied-Relational Therapy'; we feel that in many ways itbrings Reich into the 21st century. If you want to know more about what we do, you are verywelcome to contact us through the publishers.Our original goal with this book was very much about making Reichian ideas accessible to awide public - to people with no specialised knowledge of the field. We have received a lot of feedback that says we succeeded! We hope that this new Dutch edition will continue to beuseful in the same way.Leeds 1997
1 CONTEXTS
 
 Nobody knowshow it flowsas it goes
 
 Nobody goeswhere it rosewhere it flows
 
 Nobody chosehow it growshow it flows
(Marge Piercy, Woman on the Edge of Time)

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