Reich, Lowen and the IIBA: facing the challange of a conflict-ridden world
Keywords:Wilhelm Reich, Alexander Lowen, History of IIBA, Socio-cultural conflict, Sexuality, Sexual Politics
AbstractThis paper addresses the double emphases of the 2005 International Conference: the theme of »Human Nature and Conflict Resolution« and the 50th anniversary of the IIBA. The author summarizes the lives and the contributions of Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen in light of the theme, and as prelude to the development of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis. Particular attention is given to the major conflicts, both personal and socio-cultural, that arose in the lives of these men, and their differing responses to them. The question is addressed: What can we glean from our history that may give us inspiration, and a realistic sense of direction for contributing to healing and to change in these conflict-ridden times?
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