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Outside the Sigmund Freud Museum (Vienna).
Reich finished the manuscript in January 1933. He submitted it to the Psychoanalytic Press in Vienna, presided over by Sigmund Freud, who initially accepted it for publication. However, Freud cancelled the contract, wanting to distance himself from Reich's anti-Nazi politics. Reich had to raise money to have the book published privately in Vienna. Reich subsequently documented how fascists come to power in The Mass Psychology of Fascism.
In the book, Reich argued that character structures were organizations of resistance with which individuals avoided facing their neuroses: different character structures - whether schizoid, oral, psychopathic, masochistic or rigid - were sustained biologically as body types by unconscious muscular contraction.
Harry Guntrip wrote that Freud's The Ego and the Id only gained practical importance when Reich's Character Analysis and Anna Freud's The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defence were published, as these books first placed ego-analysis at the centre of psychoanalytic therapy.
- Kevin Hinchey, The Legacy of Wilhelm Reich, M.D., First International Congress on Wilhelm Reich, 30 October 2010
- Guntrip, Harry (1961) Personality Structure and Human Interaction, London: Hogarth Press, quoted in Boadella, David (1985) Wilhelm Reich: The Evolution of His Work, London: 54.
- Reich, W. (1990) Character Analysis (Chapters I-III), 3rd, enlarged edition, trans. Vincent R. Carfagno, Archived from the original on 25 September 2012.
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