Charles Konia, M.D.
Reprinted from the Journal of Orgonomy, Vol. 39 No. 2
The American College of Orgonomy
The establishment of the ACO’s training program in social orgonomy in 2002 continues the research into the social realm that was started by Wilhelm Reich in the 1920s, when he first began his investigation into the social origin of people’s emotional illness.
This program is particularly important at this time because of the alarming world-wide increase in the expression of the emotional plague. It is rampant in all segments of the population, and in every area of social life.
Traditional sociology remains unaware of or consistently ignores the underlying causitive emotional factors of social pathology. It must therefore focus exclusively on the endless variety of pathological social symptoms such as teenage, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, the drug problem, and so on. This focus on symptoms necessarily leads to opposing “solutions” to any given social problem. These solutions, while having some grain of truth and appearing logical, are a function of the individual’s sociopolitical ideology, that is, the way he or she views the world. Not addressing the underlying sources of the social problem can only lead to people advocating their own particular solutions and society becoming embroiled in a battle with itself. These ideological conflicts have given rise to the popular misconception that there are many different ways to address a given social problem. In reality, however, none, singly or in combination, can be effective. As a result, the social problem remains unresolved and is often exacerbated.
The College’s training program in social orgonomy offers students an understanding of the underlying causes of social pathology. It enables them to identify the true etiological factors at work, and this, in turn, opens the way to effective methods of social intervention. The American College of Orgonomy is pleased to have added training in social orgonomy to its curriculum and anticipates that this will have an ever-increasing impact on social theory and therapeutic practice.
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