Glossary

anxiety The psychic perception of the organism as it is constricted by a contraction against expansion accompanied by a distressing sense of oppression or a vague, formless worry.

armor The total defense apparatus of the organism consisting of the rigidities of the character and chronic spasms of the musculature. Armor functions essentially as a defense against the breakthrough of emotion – particularly anxiety, rage, and sexual excitation, as well as intolerable sensations. See character armor and muscular armor.

anti-authoritarianism The social system that is opposed to both neurotic (irrational) and rational authority at every level of social organization.

authoritarianism The social system that operates according to the principle of compulsive moral regulation. Headed by the father, the authoritarian family is reproduced in the authoritarian state.

biological core The autonomic nervous system from which biological excitation arises to maintain the living functions of the organism.

biopathy The pulsatory disturbance of the plasmic system (which consists of the autonomic nervous system and vascular system) resulting from the presence of armor.

bioenergy The energy in the living organism that provides the ability for functioning. Identical to biological orgone energy.

biopsychaitry Psychiatry from the bioenergetic point of view.

character An individual’s particular bioemotional structure: his or her stereotyped manner of acting and reacting. The orgonomic concept of character is functional and biological, not a static, psychological, or moralistic concept.

character analysis The therapeutic technique used to treat the psychic (characterological) aspects of human armor. See orgone therapy.

character armor The sum total of typical character attitudes that an individual develops to block against emotional excitations. Character armor is accompanied by rigidity of the body and lack of emotional contact (“deadness”). Functionally identical to muscular armor.

contact The perception of biological excitation.

core functions The functions of love, work and knowledge that govern rational human life.

defense mechanisms Specific patterns of psychic action (such as denial, projection, and isolation) that prevents the awareness of any internal or external perception that would be experienced with anxiety or emotional pain.

emotional plague The neurotic character in destructive action on the social scene.

excitation The objective movement of biological orgone energy in the organism. Excitation moves at different velocities in different tissues. Energy moves both within discrete nervous pathways and through the various tissues of the body without respect to the structural boundaries.

facade The surface of the armored organism’s bioemotional structure from which the individual interacts with the environment. Identical to the superficial layer and the social facade. In health, it is called the “social layer.”

formal democracy The distortion of work democracy arising from social armor.

functional thinking Thinking according to the way nature functions. Contrast with mechanistic thinking, which is based on viewing nature as if it were a machine, and mystical thinking, which is based on viewing nature as if it were unknowable.

genitality The manner of functioning of the unarmored individuals. Because there is an absence of sexual status, the individual has the capacity for natural self regulation on the basis of orgastic potency.

idealogy A Set of ideas based on a fixed (i.e., mechanistic or mystical) thinking that produces a social force when it is displaced onto the social realm.

muscular armor The sum total of the muscular attitudes (chronic muscular spasms) that and individual develops as a block against the breakthrough of emotions and sensations, particularly anxiety, rage and sexual excitation. Functionally identical to character armor.

mystical thinking The belief system based on the idea that nature is unknowable through the physical senses. Mystical thinking has an objective basis in that armor distorts sense impressions and prevents direct contact with nature.neurotic character

neurotic character The character type that, because of chronic stasis, operates either according to or opposed to the principle of compulsive moral regulation.

orgasm The unitary, involuntary convulsion of the total organism at the acme of the genital embrace. In armored individuals in societies that suppress infantile and adolescent genitality this reflex is blocked by orgasm anxiety.

orgasm anxiety Anxiety produced by final and complete surrender of the organism giving into its involuntary convulsion. Seen in the final stages of medical orgone therapy, orgasm anxiety is behind all armored manifestations. The psychic aspect of armor.

orgasm impotence The absence of orgastic potency, orgastic impotence is the most important characteristic of the average human of today, and-by damming up biological (orgone) energy in the organism-provides the source of energy for all biopathic symptoms and social irrationalism. The somatic aspect of armor.

orgastic potency Essentially, the capacity for complete surrender to the involuntary convulsion of the organism and complete discharge of excitation at the acme of genital embrace. Orgastic potency is always lacking in neurotic individuals. It presupposes the presence or establishment of genitality; that is, the absence of pathological character and muscular armor. Orgastic potency is usually, and erroneously, not distinguished from erective and ejaculative potency, both of which are prerequisites of orgastic potency.

orgone energy Primordial cosmic energy, universally present and demonstrable visually, thermally, electroscopically, and by the means of the Geiger-Mueller counter. In the living organism, this type of energy is known as bioenergy, life energy. Discovered by Wilhelm Reich between 1936 and 1940.

orgone therapy Orgone therapy dissolves muscular and character armoring, mobilizing the individual’s biological orgone energy and liberating held-back biophysical emotions with the goal establishing, if possible, orgastic potency. See character analysis.

orgonometry A system of thought that is closely aligned with the natural operation of functions and functional processes. Orgonometry relies on orgonometric notation to convey function processes.

orgonomy The natural science of orgone energy and its functions.

orgonomic functionalism The application of functional thinking to natural processes.

orgonomic potential The movement of orgone energy from the lower to the higher levels, in contrast to the mechanical potential, which moves in the opposite directions (see mechanical potential).

orgonomic sociology The application of orgonomic functionalism to the study of social processes.

orgonotic pulsation The pulsation of orgone energy in living and nonliving orgonotic systems. Measurable by oscillograph, orgonotic pulsation consists of an expansive and convulsive phase.

perception The function of all living systems to be in contact with itself. Armoring interferes with the perceptual function.

political characterology The study of sociopolitical attitudes and behavior from a characterological viewpoint. Identical to sociopolitical characterology.

primary drive The natural expressions of the human organism that originate from the biological core and that are experienced and observable in the absence of armor when there are no enforced inhibitions.

rational politics Political activity that originates from the biological core and serves to protect life.

secondary drives Disturbed expressions of primary drives resulting from the failure of armor to contain destructive impulses.

sex economy The body of knowledge within orgonomy that deals with the economy of biological (orgone) energy in the organism.

social anxiety Anxiety resulting from the breakdown of individual or social armor and manifested in the social activity. Not to be confused with the identical term used in the Diagnotic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).

social armor Any form of social organization that restricts individual freedom and responsibility. It gives the rise to the opposing forces of mechanistic and mystical thought that are manifested socially, politically, and economically as ideological forces on the left and the right. The authoritarian form is necessary when people are armored.

sociopolitics Irrational political activity arising from the displacement  of intrapsychic conflicts onto the social and political scene.

substitute contact An attempt to make contact when genuine contact is disturbed by armor. Substitute contact, therefore, is stilted and artificial, not genuine.

superficial layer The surface of the human bioemotional structure.

work democracy The functioning of natural and intrinsic rational work relationships among human beings. The concept of work democracy represents the established reality (not the ideology) of these relationships, which, though usually distorted because of prevailing armoring and irrational political ideologies, are nevertheless at the basis of social achievement.

2 Comments

  1. READING SUCH A GLOSSARY NEVER FAILS TO STIMULATE ME!
    THE LIFE IN THE DESCRIPTIONS NEVER FAIL TO EXCITE AND ‘POSITIVELY’ PROVOKE ME THROUGHOUT MY 37 YEARS OF APPRECIATING THE WORK OF WILHELM REICH, ORGONOMY AND THE ORGONOMISTS! THANK YOU CHARLES KONIA!

  2. Just wonderfully stimulating


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