Physical Dynamics and Character Structure: How the Body Reveals Personality, Alachua, Fl: Bioenergetic Press 1958/2003
It is noteworthy to see that Alexander Lowen wrote The Language of the Body before Pleasure: A Creative Approach to Life, the book I discussed earlier. This present book is way more theoretical. I admit it is also much more difficult to read. However, for those who are interested in learning the mechanics of bioenergetic thinking, this early work of a master healer is a must-read.
As Harris Friedman, PhD, writes in the Introduction:
For anyone wanting an in-depth exposure to the theoretical underpinnings of bioenergetic analysis as a whole system, this is the book that I would unwaveringly recommend as a starting place.
I have admittedly read Wilhelm Reich’s ‘Character Analysis’ already back in the 1970s. Yet there is a difference between reading Reich’s first attempts to build a characterological analysis, and this work of one of his best disciples who has worked that early draft out into a mature methodology. Here, as in my former review, I will as well shortly outline the content headers of the chapters, for they let us very clearly see the broad scope and the very systematic approach of the author to the topic. Continue reading