Theoretical reflections on Wilhelm Reich's Character Analysis

Am J Psychother. 2002;56(3):338-46. doi: 10.1176/appi.psychotherapy.2002.56.3.338.


The ideas contained in Wilhelm Reich's Character Analysis, while very influential, have not been thoroughly exploited in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. These ideas, aimed particularly at producing genuine change rather than mere intellectual understanding, are reexamined. Further implications of them are discussed.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Character*
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Psychoanalysis / history*
  • Psychoanalytic Theory*

Personal name as subject

  • Wilhelm Reich