Me and the Orgone
|Me and the Orgone – The True Story of One Man's Sexual Awakening|
|Cover artist||Annette Orban|
|Publisher||orig. Fawcett Crest Greenwich, republished ACO Press|
|orig. 1971, republished 2000|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|LC Class||RZ460 .B43 2000|
Me and the Orgone – The True Story of One Man's Sexual Awakening (1971) is an autobiographical account written by American actor and award-winning director Orson Bean about his life-changing experience with the controversial orgone therapy developed by Austrian psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich.
The book tells how, after ten years of unsuccessful psychotherapy, Orson Bean discovers medical orgone therapy, a therapeutic intervention that focuses on renewing what it describes as "energy flows" within the patient, orgone being Wilhelm Reich's name for the "life energy". It is a strongly personal account of a man who gets a second chance at a personal sexual revolution, feeling his body beginning to change, feeling freer and more alive, and also seeing his relationships transformed. It is also a rare personal testimony of the effects which this form of therapy is said to facilitate.
The book includes a foreword by Scottish educator A. S. Neill.
According to TIME magazine, Bean's account is "clear and balanced", discussing Reich's "final tragic swerve toward insanity" even as it "over-insists ... his greatness." Me and the Orgone has been cited in several books on the topic of orgone energy, including Charles R. Kelley's Life Force: The Creative Process in Man and in Nature and investigative journalist Mary Coddington's Seekers of the Healing Energy, in which she described Me and the Orgone as a good source for understanding the workings of Reich's orgone therapy treatments. In Fury on Earth: A Biography of Wilhelm Reich, Myron Sharaf describes Me and the Orgone as a vivid view of Reich's therapeutic process.
- Me and the Orgone from The Education Revolution
- American College of Orgonomy Information and therapy referral
- "The Gospel of Orgasm". TIME magazine. May 10, 1971. Retrieved 2008-04-26.
- Coddington, Mary (1991). Seekers of the Healing Energy: Reich, Cayce, the Kahunas, and Other Masters. Foreword by William Gutman. Inner Traditions / Bear & Company. pp. 106, 154. ISBN 0-89281-313-X.
- Kelley, Charles R. (2004). Life Force: The Creative Process in Man and in Nature. Trafford Publishing. pp. 46,p295. ISBN 1-4120-2338-6.
- Sharaf, Myron (1994). Fury on Earth: A Biography of Wilhelm Reich. Da Capo Press. p. 523. ISBN 0-306-80575-8.