Das Geheimnis der Orgontherapie

Augendrehen, das Gesicht und den Kiefer bewegen, Muskeldrücken, etc. mag oberflächlich wie „Orgontherapie“ wirken, ist aber vollkommen sinnlos, wenn nicht zwei Elemente hinzutreten:

  1. es muß geatmet werden und dabei versucht werden spontan zu atmen – eine Unmöglichkeit, aber es kommt auf den Versuch an; und
  2. es muß eine Beziehung zu einem Therapeuten hergestellt werden – auch schwierig, aber im Laufe der Zeit kann man sich nicht gegen die „Übertragung“ wehren.

Das Atmen erhöht das Energieniveau und der Versuch spontan zu atmen das „Frustrationsniveau“, infolge beginnt das neurotische Gleichgewicht zu wanken. Die Kunst des Therapeuten liegt darin, die Intervention genau in jenem Augenblick anzubringen, wenn dieses Gleichgewicht sich als Ergebnis ein Stückweit in Richtung Genitalität verschieben wird. Zu jedem anderen Zeitpunkt wird nur das energetische Chaos vergrößert und eine Heilung unmöglich.

Die Panzerung ist nicht vom Himmel gefallen, sondern ist in einer Beziehung entstanden, d.h. im Familienleben. Entsprechend kann sie auch ausschließlich in einer Beziehung wieder aufgelöst werden. Man kann exakt das gleiche zuhause auf einer Matratze tun, was man in der Praxis des medizinischen Orgonomen macht, doch es wird keinerlei Wirkung zeitigen. Seine bloße Anwesenheit aktiviert genau jene Emotionen und Gefühle, die am Anfang der Panzerung standen und die auch wieder an ihrem Ende stehen müssen.

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2 Antworten to “Das Geheimnis der Orgontherapie”

  1. Tzindaro Says:

    Deep breathing stimulates production of oxytocin. Oxytocin results in deep emotional bonding. This can be life-long. The end product of such a „therapy“ is lasting emotional dependence on the „therapist“. Despite the theory of the orgonomists about how their treatment works, there is no real evidence for that theory and there is sufficient solid scientific evidence on the effects of oxytocin to justify a legal ban on such a form of treatment. It is simply too dangerous to be allowed if one values mental independence, especially in view of the fact that many of it’s most prominent practioners promote the ideology that mental / emotional health is correlated with a particular political ideology and constantly harp on the claim that anyone who holds to other political views is mentally ill. .

    Orgone therapy is a dangerous cult, not a valid form of medical treatment. Reich observed some results and failed to see others. In his day, the production and role of oxytocin was not yet known, so he had some exuse, but today, with the advances in understanding of biochemistry and how it influences human behavior, there is no excuse for promoting orgone therapy anymore. We know better now.

    But on the other hand, Reich was right about the creation of the chronic tensions he called armor and their role in emotional problems. If a way could be found to eliminate those tensions without the need for a therapist, some people could benefit from that procedure without the risk of life-long mental slavery found in the current form of orgone therapy.

    My suggestion is there should be some research done on the potential of self-help by means of the medical DOR-buster. If that can be explored, it might be possible to use some of Reich’s findings for good instead of evil.

  2. Tzindaro Says:


    In orgone therapy, the victim frequently forms an unacceptably strong bond with the therapist. In many cases, this bond remains throughout life, preventing the victim of orgone therapy from ever regaining his emotional independence from the therapist. This is one reason I have always thought of orgone therapy as more destructive than other forms of psychiatric assault.

    There is a much stronger transference in orgone therapy than in any other kind of psychological treatment, and Reich never did realize this or figure out how to disolve it. So the patient becomes emotionally dependent on the therapist for life. Even long after ending therapy, I have seen them run to their ex-therapist for advice on who to marry or what to invest in, and to ask for permission to talk to me.

    I know one man who has been in therapy for 22 years and still thinks he needs more of it. I would think, after 22 years of it, that he should conclude it is not working and it is time to try something else.

    Recently, in conversation with a biologist, it was suggested that the techniques used in orgonomic attacks by a therapist might result in increased levels of oxytocin, and that this well-studied biochemical substance could explain the unacceptable effects of orgone therapy that render it so destructive to the mental health of persons who are so ill-advised as to enter into this form of psychiatric manipulation.

    Upon further study, it does indeed look as if oxytocin secretion accounts for the harm to the emotional independence of the patient done by orgone therapy and this danger should be brought to the attention of potential victims.

    Oxytocin – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The deep breathing induced in orgone therapy results in increased levels of oxytocin, and that leads to intense bonding with the therapist. The effect leads to emotional dependence upon the therapist, often for life.

    This phenomenon can be found in another context. The inflated respect and admiration of the chela for the guru in traditional yoga as long practiced in India. In yoga, as in Reichian therapy, unusually deep breathing is induced. And the same results follow. The student become emotionally attached to the teacher for life, to an irrational degree, permiting the teacher to interfere at will in his life, his values, his other relationships, and every other aspect of his life.

    Just as the dependence on the orgonomist can cause a patient to abandon long-held values and attitudes and substitute those of the therapist in science, politics, etc., the chela in traditional yoga training become firmly convinced of anything he is told by the unimpeachable source. Reincarnation, karma, etc., all come to seem unquestionable because of this chemical bonding due to the deeper breathing.

    In orgonomy, the therapists of the ACO, a viciously far-right organization, consider anyone even slightly to the left of the political spectrum to be exhibiting symptoms of psychopathology, so they cannot consider anyone to have been treated successfully until he has given up any leftist tendencies and replaced them with the far-right orientation of the orgonomist. This explains why the patients and former patients of orgonomist so often can be found on the far right.

    If the therapist is a member of the ACO, no patient would be considered cured and ready to end therapy unless he agreed with the politics of the therapist since the ACO position is that their own political positions are „healthy“ and others are „sick“. So in that context, that „set“ and „setting“, orgone therapy amounts to a form of brainwashing of the patient into accepting the political beliefs of the therapists. And in the case of the ACO, those are the political beliefs of the late Ellsworth Baker, since he was the training therapist of most of the ACO therapists. This is the unrecognized fact behind a public statement I once heard by a prominent orgone therapist that „Successful therapy make a person more conservative“.

    The uncritical acceptance of other claims frequently made in Reichian circles, such as the alleged „communist plot“ against Reich, or the claim that the earth is under attack by UFOs, are also accepted not on a basis of any evidence, but only because the honored and respected therapist proclaims them. People who have been in Reichian therapy and accept such ideas should be regarded as if they had been subjected to hypnotic drugs, as indeed they have been.

    The breathing exercises in orgonomy are tailor made to bring about this dependency via the elevation of oxytocin levels and this should be taken into account by anyone contemplating entering this form of therapy. And a lot of research needs to be done on the apparent relationship`between the effects of orgone therapy and the effects of oxytocin.

    The dependency is missing in modern New Age yoga students in the West because in the West, yoga is normally engaged in only a few sessions a week, and often in a group instead of in a one-on-one situation with a student spending daily time alone with the guru.

    This is the same in Reichian therapy situations. With an orthodox orgonomist, such as a member of the ACO, the patient is alone with the doctor, but in other situations, such as the group workshops introduced by Charles Kelley and Alexander Lowen, with a lot of other people present, usually strangers, the transference is less intense.

    That is why I have frequently been impressed with the ( relative ) sanity of the people who have been through Kelley’s Radix training program compared to the former patients of orgonomists. They usually seem more independent-minded people and less subservient to their therapists.

    Reich never got around to doing group sessions, and neither has any of the orgonomists. Kelley and Lowen introduced this innovation, among others, and it seems to help reduce the dependency caused by the elevated levels of oxytocin brought on by the practices.

    This idea is consistent with the known bonding effects of oxytocin. It helps bonding of a mother to her child at birth, but does not make a kindergarten teacher bond to her charges . Both yoga and orgone therapy show the same tendency to dependence developing in one-on-one situations, but not when the practice is done in a group setting.

    The operative word in the clinical description of lordosis is „chronic“. The term is used to refer to a chronic posture in which the muscles are chronically flexed. The rhythmical transient flexing of these muscles is what is seen in orgone therapy, with the posture moving backwards and forwards. I am not sure of this connection, but it seems worth exploring.

    And the fact that so many medical doctors have apparently failed to recognize this over the now more than three generations in which orgone therapy has been promoted shows how strong their own indoctrination in the psychological paradigm has been.

    Prior to attempting wider publication, I would welcome comments on this hypothesis from orgonomists and others with experience in this area. Comments may be sent to: tzindaro@yahoo.com

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