Wilhelm Reich Biography
(One of the Most Radical Figures in the History of Psychiatry)
Birthday: March 24, 1897 (Aries)
Born In: Dobryanychi, Ukraine
Wilhelm Reich was an Austrian psychoanalyst who is known for his development of a unique system of psychoanalysis, which concentrated more on character structures than on individual neurotic symptoms. Born in modern day Ukraine towards the end of the 19th century, Reich was brought up on his father’s cattle farm where he became aware of sexual behavior in animals at an early age. Later, he studied medicine at the University of Vienna and while doing so, he came in contact with Sigmund Freud and became one of his most promising students. Under Freud’s patronage, he held many important posts and published his first book at 28. But soon his theories became too radical even for Freud and he lost his patronage. Thereafter, he moved to Berlin and from there to Oslo before relocating to the USA. Here, he claimed to have discovered an omnipresent cosmic energy called ‘orgone’, which could supposedly cure all mental and physical ailments. Later, he made a box-like structure, calling it ‘orgone accumulator’ to treat his patients. However, it led to his conflict with FDA, which became the reason of his arrest and imprisonment. He died while serving his jail term, ignored by the world.