Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A universal life force hypothesized by Wilhelm Reich, supposed to emanate from all organic material that purportedly can be captured with a boothlike device and used to restore psychological well-being.

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  • n. in the theories of Wilhelm Reich, a supposed excess sexual energy distributed throughout the universe and available for collection, storage, and further use

Etymologies

Probably org(anism) + -one.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined by Wilhelm Reich, probably a portmanteau of orgasm + hormone. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At that time faddists of various persuasions proliferated up and down the Village: anarchists who dutifully went home every night to their mothers’ kitchens, a Hungarian monarchist with his own following, free-verse poets who eschewed capital letters, cultists who sat rapturously for hours in orgone boxes, cloudy Swedenborgians, and all the rest.

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  • They had retained their credulity, however—they saw little suspicious in Reich's claim to have explained everything with his discovery of the very ur-stuff of the universe, called "orgone," in a pot of beef stew, among other places.

    Thinking Inside the Box

  • Wikipedia has an entry on somatic psychologyand another on body psychotherapy, but not a specific entry for somatic psychotherapy; a website calledGoodtherapy, however, defines it as the brainchild of Wilhelm Reich, a German psychologist who believed, among other things, in a cosmic, primordial energy called orgone and who was known to try and increase the ‘orgiastic potency’ of patients by treating them in their underwear.

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  • Reich built machines called orgone accumulators which were supposed to concentrate orgone energy.

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  • He said he had discovered a form of energy, which he called "orgone," that permeated the atmosphere and all living matter, and he built "orgone accumulators," which his patients sat inside to harness the energy for its reputed health benefits.

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  • Cloudbuster at the Wilhelm Reich Museum, Rangeley, Maine, US, ready to change orgone energy in the atmosphere Photograph: Robert F. Bukaty/AP

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  • It turned him into a martyr by smashing up his orgone accumulators and burning his books.

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  • Reich had so much fame and scientific respect that, shortly after his arrival in America in 1939, he could get Albert Einstein to test an orgone box.

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  • Mr. Turner reports that Mailer lined one of Reich's "orgone accumulators" with soundproof carpeting so that he could absorb Wilhelm's orgone while screaming along with Arthur at the same time.

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  • He saw movements, he saw colors, but most importantly he saw orgone where other scientists saw only bacteria or ordinary Brownian motion.

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  • Orgone energy is a term coined by psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich for the "universal life energy" which he was convinced to have discovered in published experiments in the late 1930s. Reich claimed that orgone energy was a "life energy" which filled all space, was blue in color, and that certain forms of illness were the consequence of depletion or blockages of the energy within the body. These theories are considered pseudoscience by most.
    _Wikipedia

    February 24, 2008