January 17, 2010

Follow Me On Twitter

As someone born before the advent of televisions, dishwashers, clothes dryers and ball point pens, I’ve watched with amazement the unceasing advancements in technology. Learning to navigate in this high-tech world, with it’s iphones, computers, and the like certainly doesn’t come naturally to me. However, I am slowly finding my way. It has become necessary if I am to achieve my goal of bringing Wilhelm Reich’s discoveries into the 21st Century. The power of this never-ending technology is tremendous, and to keep pace I’ve now begun “tweeting.”

For those unfamiliar with Twitter, it’s a free service that allows those who join up to send and receive short messages of up to 140 characters. The messages are called “tweets.” Tweets are then delivered to those who subscribe, called followers, who can view the messages on their cell phones through SMS text messaging, or in other ways. You can subscribe to someone’s Twitter updates in an RSS feed reader, which can then appear, for example, on your Google or Yahoo home page. For a more complete understanding, you can visit Twitter’s Frequently Asked Questions at: http://help.twitter.com/forums/10711/entries/13920.
When I first heard about Twitter, I wasn’t sure how I could use the service. I wondered what could be said of value and interest in so limited a format. Then I had a thought. I’ve always loved aphorisms and quotations and have collected a great many of them over the years by underlining the  universal truths in the books I read. I probably have one of the most extensive libraries in existence when it comes to books by and about Wilhelm Reich. Why not tweet the best quotes by and about Reich, and those that are related to his ideas? So this is how I will be using Twitter, for the most part. Occasionally, I’ll also tweet something else. For example, I’ll let followers know when there’s a new post on my blog, or if there is an event they might be interested in attending. If you want to follow me on Twitter, you can click the icon on this blog to get started. Or, you can go directly to my Twitter home page at http:/twitter.com/Dr_Schwartzman.

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

Speaking of quotes, Wayne Gretzky said "100% of the shots you don't take don't go in." You are a man who takes shots. I love you Dad.

Psychiatric Orgone Therapy

One of Wilhelm Reich’s most important and lasting contributions is a unique treatment for emotional disorders called psychiatric orgone therapy. Reich began as a psychoanalyst and was a member of Freud’s inner circle, but moved away from Freud’s method of free association when he developed a more effective verbal approach he called character analysis. Later he came to recognize the existence of a specific biologic energy in living organisms that he called “orgone,” which was coined from the word “organism.” With this discovery Reich was able to combine his verbal method with a technique that could normalize a person’s energy. The result was an entirely new approach to treating emotional disorders that he named orgone therapy.

Reich’s work with patients convinced him the disturbance in an individual’s energy state is caused by contractions in the body, especially in the musculature. He called these contractions “armor,” and established that they begin to develop in infancy as a way to block out emotionally painful events.

Past traumatic experiences are locked in the body--and they remain throughout life. How this happens is not fully understood, but there is no question that anxiety, anger and sadness, as well as the other upsetting feelings and emotions from childhood are not forgotten. Armor not only holds the disturbing past, causing it to remain alive but out of consciousness awareness, but it also affects how one feels and functions. Because living a natural healthy life depends upon whether a person’s energy flows freely or is blocked, the aim of psychiatric orgone therapy is to free up energy by breaking down armor. As these areas of holding dissolve, patients release their long buried feelings and emotions in the safety of the therapist’s office. They most usually surface spontaneously with the specific method Reich innovated, without the need of urging or any intervention on the part of the treating psychiatrist. However, occasionally, pressure needs to be applied to spastic muscles, or other techniques used to normalize the body. Because this treatment combines a verbal approach with a physical technique, it addresses both the mind and the body to bring about profound changes in how one thinks, feels and functions.

Today almost all people seeking treatment from a psychiatrist are given medications to reduce their symptoms. However, with psychiatric orgone therapy it is usual that patients, over time, find themselves able to wean themselves off medication and function without pharmacologic treatment. Reich’s therapy is unique in that it not only relieves distressing symptoms, but also does much more. It enables individuals to expand and feel pleasure, and better enjoy the many satisfactions life has to offer.

There are people who claim to practice some form of “Reichian” or “orgone” therapy, even though they have had no formal training in medicine or psychology. Often the techniques used by these self-proclaimed therapists have little or nothing to do with the very specific methods Reich developed and taught. The value of such therapies is questionable and may even harm those who get involved in them.

Qualified psychiatric orgone therapists have extensive training. They are physicians who have gone on to specialize in psychiatry and then in the very unique subspecialty of orgone therapy. They practice in much the same way as Reich did more than a half century ago. Ph.D. Psychologists who have had proper training can practice a form of orgone therapy safely and effectively. However, it is crucial they have supervision by a qualified psychiatric orgone therapist.