LOVE AND ORGASM by Dr. Alexander Lowen


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Despite the title (mail order eye-stopper?), Dr. Lowen's premise--that sexual behavior and personality are closely affiliated and that satisfaction in this particular area cannot be divorced from overall satisfaction in life-- is certainly valid. And again there is the paradox in this age of sexual sophistication, that maturity, or emotional health (with the orgasm as an index) has not been achieved. Dr. Lowen's views are to some extent an extension and modification of Wilhelm Reich's, and the complete sexual experience is a reconciliation of man's intellectual and physical nature, the ego and the body. This work, which is based on clinical experience, analyses various aspects of homosexual (never a ""meaningful way of life"") and heterosexual relationships, sensuality versus sexuality, male and female roles, sexual problems (impotence and prematurity in the male; frigidity in the female) and the fears, anxieties and attitudes which are residual from the formative years and restrictive in the later ones... Dr. Lowen's discussion-demonstration is for the more knowledgeable, if still confused or even disturbed, reader and offers no easy resolution, only analysis.

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1965
Publisher: Macmillan