Written by a former patient, student, and assistant of Wilhelm Reich, this biography recounts the life and career of the controversial psychoanalyst and argues that most forms of therapy practiced today include some idea that Reich pioneered
"Interweaving a thorough examination of Reich's psychiatric theories and techniques, scientific experiments and grandiose claims, with his stormy person life and deteriorating mental balance, [Sharaf] achieves an impressive portrait of a complicated, tragic figure. . . . His work is a psycho-biography on the order of Erikson's studies of Luther and Gandhi, for he analyzes Reich's achievements in light of his personal conflicts, achieving a unified portrait of a highly complex innovator."--Los Angeles Times "What is amazing is that Sharaf has managed to turn a definitive biography into such absolutely compulsive reading."--Colin Wilson, author of The Quest for Wilhelm Reich
About the Author
Myron Sharaf was a patient, student, and assistant of Wilhelm Reich's between 1948 and 1954. He currently teaches in the Department of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, practices psychotherapy in the Boston area, and gives lectures and workshops in this country and in Europe.