Me and the Orgone

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Me and the Orgone – The True Story of One Man's Sexual Awakening
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Author Orson Bean
Cover artist Annette Orban
Country United States
Language English
Subject Psychology
Publisher orig. Fawcett Crest Greenwich, republished ACO Press
Publication date
orig. 1971, republished 2000
Media type Print (Paperback)
ISBN 0-9679670-1-5
OCLC 48816147
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.

It also contains information on the former Fifteenth Street School in New York City where Dr. Reich's concepts were applied to childhood education.

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."[1] 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.[2][3] 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.[4]



  1. ^ "The Gospel of Orgasm". TIME magazine. May 10, 1971. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Kelley, Charles R. (2004). Life Force: The Creative Process in Man and in Nature. Trafford Publishing. pp. 46,p295. ISBN 1-4120-2338-6. 
  4. ^ Sharaf, Myron (1994). Fury on Earth: A Biography of Wilhelm Reich. Da Capo Press. p. 523. ISBN 0-306-80575-8.