For a more satisfying life with your emotions,
this therapy uses many modalities, including holistic and alternative approaches,
such as focused breathing, eye work, voice work, and
muscle release of blocked energies.
A true holistic therapy can provide
more satisfying contact with your inner and outer worlds, and
as a therapy for artists, a deepening expression of thought, sensation and emotion.
Humans are at odds with nature. Life happens from within spontaneously, but our defensive armoring blocks the interior, natural processes of life. The autonomic nervous system – not the brain – is the center of a person’s excitation, pleasure and satisfaction in life. Expressions only from the brain, such as words and empty talking can rationalize away important, deeper realities. As we are led astray by the shallow distractions of our screen-filled lives, our thinking becomes mechanical and/or mystical. We evade the aliveness of life and get stuck in the little, the small, the tight, the dull and the uneventful. Then our thinking is no longer based on realities of how nature actually functions within our bodies through energy processes. Rational thinking depends on integrating our somatic and cerebral realities. You need your full functioning. Remember, your life energy is also your work energy and your sexual energy. These essential facts provide a path back to the core of life. As humans, our roots are in nature. Getting back in accord with nature is life-enhancing and exciting. This therapy offers the chance to get back to the full feel of life and the thrill of aliveness.
What is Character Analysis?
Character analysis looks at how you hold yourself back from being fully alive.
A person’s character and behavior get undermined by blocked energy. When a person stiffens to ward off stress, energy gets blocked. Over time, the physical tension leads to emotional armoring, with the result that the best within a person gets mixed up and misunderstood. People block life energy one place or another in their bodies – a tight throat, a guarded heart, unresponsive genitals, or being always in one’s head. Blocked energy causes emotional armoring, and the armoring leads to increasing emotional problems.
Through character analysis the therapist is able to point out to the patient his or her specific energy restrictions. The patient begins to see how body tensions correspond to his or her characteristic, defensive, self-defeating attitudes. It’s a process. Phases along the way include loosening of emotional armoring, breaking through of buried emotions, and experiencing expansive relief. Deep emotions lead to self-knowledge that changes peoples’ lives. Session by session, a patient gradually develops the sense organ for perceiving and later mobilizing life energy and sexual energy. People’s bodies change as their personalities, senses, and defensive structures reorganize.
You have to feel it to get it. Those who have not experienced character analysis lack the sense organ to understand it other than intellectually. A cognitive understanding provides no emotional depth. Thoughts, ideas, and words can be deceiving. However, the expressiveness of a person’s body always reveals the truth, far deeper than “body language.” As patients gradually tolerate and express their underlying emotions, they make better contact with other people, feel more, experience love more deeply, and become more effective in work. The goal is an enriched life of satisfaction in living with one’s emotions.
Character analysis works at a deep, biological level to decrease ocular armor, increase contact with emotions and tolerance of feelings, improve perception of the world, and think more clearly. All of us long to regain our natural birthright of wholeness and aliveness that has been lost under the pressures of having to armor ourselves against stress.
Character analysis is not a cure-all or appropriate for all patients, but it can bring about significant changes in emotional disorders and open peoples’ lives.
Disclaimer: Character analysis is a major aspect of orgone therapy, but medical orgone therapy is only practiced by physicians with the specialized training and experience provided by the American College of Orgonomy. As a psychologist, I do not practice the medical aspects of orgone therapy, such as the very specialized hands-on release of muscular armor. Without having had formal medical education, I don’t address medical problems that result from armoring.
Instead, I work to release character armor and brain armoring. This is one key aspect of orgone therapy. My work includes focused breathing, eye work, moment-by-moment feedback on somatic defenses, and voice work, as well as various forms of talk therapy. Character analysis alone requires many years of training, restructuring, and experience. One aim of character analysis is to get patients off psychiatric medications, if possible, so they can live satisfying lives with their emotions med-free for the rest of their lives.
Non-physician therapists who claim to be practicing “orgone therapy” are mixing up the terminology. Actual orgone therapy requires a medical degree and years of additional special training.
What Happens in Session?
Our emotional lives are rooted in biology.
Therefore a deep psychotherapy must involve:
Breathing to loosen irrational restrictions,
Going deeper than words to move energy,
Activating muscles to unblock emotions,
Eye work for perception and perspective,
Loosening rigidity to make more room for life processes,
Tolerating more expansive feelings,
Escaping the tightness of living in your head,
Finding the biological underpinning of problems, and
Avoiding medication if at all possible.
General goals include:
Grasping a more functional view of life,
Finding a rational way to live with your emotions,
Giving your organism the chance to right itself and expand,
Personal growth for work and pleasure,
More comfort, clarity, wisdom and satisfaction,
Enhancing the pleasure of being alive.