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Wilhelm Reich

1897 - 1957

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Wilhelm Reich ( RYKHE, German: [ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈʁaɪç]; 24 March 1897 – 3 November 1957) was an Austrian doctor of medicine and a psychoanalyst, a member of the second generation of analysts after Sigmund Freud. The author of several influential books, The Impulsive Character (1925), The Function of the Orgasm (1927), Character Analysis (1933), and The Mass Psychology of Fascism (1933), he became one of the most radical figures in the history of psychiatry.Reich's work on character contributed to the development of Anna Freud's The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defence (1936), and his idea of muscular armour—the expression of the personality in the way the body moves—shaped innovations such as body psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy, bioenergetic analysis and primal therapy. His writing influenced generations of intellectuals; he coined the phrase "the sexual revolution" and according to one historian acted as its midwife. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilhelm Reich has received more than 2,607,469 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia. Wilhelm Reich is the 24th most popular psychologist (down from 23rd in 2019), the 28th most popular biography from Ukraine (up from 77th in 2019) and the most popular Ukrainian Psychologist.

Wilhelm Reich was a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist who is most famous for his work in the field of sexology. He is best known for his invention of the orgone energy accumulator, which he claimed could cure cancer and other illnesses.

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Among psychologists, Wilhelm Reich ranks 24 out of 183Before him are Kurt Lewin, B. F. Skinner, Edward Thorndike, Melanie Klein, Anna Freud, and Daniel Kahneman. After him are Irvin D. Yalom, Alfred Binet, Lawrence Kohlberg, Hermann Ebbinghaus, Gustav Fechner, and Karen Horney.

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Among people born in 1897, Wilhelm Reich ranks 11Before him are Amelia Earhart, Anthony Eden, Subhas Chandra Bose, Ivan Konev, Lucky Luciano, and Ludwig Erhard. After him are Paavo Nurmi, Georges Bataille, Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia, Norbert Elias, Pola Negri, and Thích Quảng Đức. Among people deceased in 1957, Wilhelm Reich ranks 9Before him are Friedrich Paulus, Christian Dior, Diego Rivera, Miklós Horthy, Humphrey Bogart, and Nikos Kazantzakis. After him are Oliver Hardy, Haakon VII of Norway, Gichin Funakoshi, Arturo Toscanini, Constantin Brâncuși, and Johannes Stark.

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Among people born in Ukraine, Wilhelm Reich ranks 28 out of 1,083Before him are Lyudmila Pavlichenko (1916), Stanisław Leszczyński (1677), Leonid Kuchma (1938), Vaslav Nijinsky (1889), Ludwig von Mises (1881), and Viktor Yushchenko (1954). After him are Sergei Korolev (1906), Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836), Vladimir Horowitz (1903), Nestor Makhno (1888), Andrei Chikatilo (1936), and Simon Wiesenthal (1908).


Among psychologists born in Ukraine, Wilhelm Reich ranks 1After him are Giacomo Rizzolatti (1937).