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Listen, Little Man! [Kindle Edition]

Wilhelm Reich , William Steig , Ralph Manheim
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Listen, Little Man! is a great physician's quiet talk to each one of us, the average human being, the Little Man. Written in 1946 in answer to the gossip and defamation that plagued his remarkable career, it tells how Reich watched, at first naively, then with amazement, and finally with horror, at what the Little Man does to himself; how he suffers and rebels; how he esteems his enemies and murders his friends; how, wherever he gains power as a "representative of the people," he misuses this power and makes it crueler than the power it has supplanted.

Reich asks us to look honestly at ourselves and to assume responsibility for our lives and for the great untapped potential that lies in the depth of human nature.

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Wilhelm Reich, a native of Austria, was born in 1897. His many other works include The Function of the Orgasm, Character Analysis, and The Mass Psychology of Fascism. He died in 1957.

William Steig (1907-2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator and author of award-winning books for children, including Shrek!, on which the DreamWorks movies are based. Steig was born in New York City. Every member of his family was involved in the arts, and so it was no surprise when he decided to become an artist. He attended City College and the National Academy of Design. In 1930, Steig's work began appearing in The New Yorker, where his drawings have been a popular fixture ever since. He published his first children's book, Roland the Minstrel Pig, in 1968.
In 1970, Steig received the Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. His books for children also include Dominic; The Real Thief; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book; Amos & Boris, a National Book Award finalist; and Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books. Steig's books have also received the Christopher Award, the Irma Simonton Black Award, the William Allen White Children's Book Award, and the American Book Award. His European awards include the Premio di Letteratura per l'infanzia (Italy), the Silver Pencil Award (the Netherlands), and the Prix de la Fondation de France. On the basis of his entire body of work, Steig was selected as the 1982 U.S. candidate for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration and subsequently as the 1988 U.S. candidate for Writing.

Stieg also published thirteen collections of drawings for adults, beginning with About People in 1939, and including The Lonely Ones, Male/Female, The Agony in the Kindergarten, and Our Miserable Life.

He died in Boston at the age of 95.


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A Briliant book considering the year it was first puplished. It is (unfortunately) still reflecting many of the ways each of us thinks and behaves.
It is a book about LIFE and society. About the GREAT importance of simple things.
About Respecting ourselves and OUR Children.
I wish I could persuade you to buy a copy and have a look. It has a rather cheap price anyway...
You may LOVE it or HATE it. Either way you won't regret the experience.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Never again has human been described so litteraly !! 13. Dezember 1998
The best book i have ever read.. I have never again seen such a genius book descibing man so small .. making him seem more and more faint in his eyes. And trying to help him become , from a little man , a big man . ... Read it... If you understand the 10 % of it , you will be truly happy .
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not an easy read, but a valuable one 30. Juni 2004
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The name of "Wilhelm Reich" is not widely known today. Of those who have heard of him, most know of him from second and third hand accounts that label him a quack. "Listen Little Man" stands apart from most of his works in that it is not, specifically, about his theories. Rather it is about his observations of the world and the people who make live in it.
Much had been said about Reich's tendencies to be opinionated, excitable and at times tactless. A sense of this comes across in "Listen Lettle Man." The writing style is not (and is not intended to be) soft-handed. This does NOT, however, invalidate his message.
The book speaks to the everyday person, the one who works for a paycheck, comes home and watches the news, helps the kids with their homework and goes to bed day after day as if on automatic, simply because it is what he/she "should" do. In this book, Reich suggests, demands and at times implores the everyday person to ask "why." Why do you give up your dreams for a life of miserable "security?" Why do you look to political ideologies to set you "free?" Why do you find relief in others' pain when you watch or listen to the "news?" If you have never asked yourself these questions, you need to read this book!
Note that although Reich's voice in this book tends to be harsh he does not speak out of contempt or disgust. He emphasizes that being happy is the right of everyone, but you can never achieve happiness if your life is run on automatic. Note also that he makes frequent reference to "contemporary" issues like the first world war and the Russian revolution. Don't let that fool you into thinking that his messgae is dated. If anything, in this age of sound bites, fads and disposable pop-psychology, his message is more relevent than ever.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A call to rise above. 6. Mai 2001
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Wilhem Reich was an influential psychoanalyst and thinker whose work has greatly influnced many practitioners and theoreticians of psychotherapy, psychology and psychoanalysis. He was a member of Freud's circle but like many before and after him broke free from his influence later on. His analysis on fascism can be considered as seminal and has influenced amongst others Theodore Adorno in his work for the Princeton institute. His insights into how the human body is inseparable from the human human psychic have also had a great influence on therapeutic practise. He postulated that the various phobias, neurosis and mood disorders have a direct effect on ones body both on the physiological level (internally in the organism) and on the overall posture and facial expressions, and saw Freud's attempts at bringing about change with the sole use of language ('the talking cure') as, to say the least, problematic and insufficient. He, on the other hand, believed that one can go the other way round and make changes at the overall posture which will in turn help resolve the inner psychic conflicts, thus bringing in a whole new perspective to therapy. The several years he spend in the U.S. where primarily conserned with 'orgone energy', a term that he coined for the everlasting, unchangeable energy that permeates the universe and is the source of healing, something like Freud's libido but in more broader cosmic terms, or Bergson's elan vitale.
Falling victim of the U.S. goverments witch-hunt at that period, the vile fanaticism and hatred that they intilled in people against his research, and the smearing campains that went on against him personaly, he was finaly incarcerated, his institute broken apart, his research papers and other documents confiscated and burned. He finally died in prison in 1957, a horrible, undeserved end for such a human being.
This book was written in hot blood in 1947, 10 years that is before his demise, and it is a pamphlet, a critique, a rant, a vibrant piece of history in the making. It was not meant to be published but later on was in fact published as Reich's defence for the atrocieties commited against him. Reich here focusses on the individual, the little man of the title, who is lead to believe this and that by the powers that be, and never who assumes his responsibilities for his own life and freedom. It is a powerfull text in every possible sense. Reich rallies against the "sentimental plague", the propaganda of his time, and makes a call to arms to anyone who is willing to listen, to stop being the little man, or a big little man of fame and fortune, and to become what he is meant to be, an aware, responsible, lively individual. It is an inspiring short piece more poetical than philosophical, more political than psychological. I would recommend it a primer to E. Fromm's escape from freedom and to any existential writing for that matter.
Reich in the end is optimistic. Unlike Giacomo Leopardi whose thought abounds as an influence to this book (although i doubt that Reich ever read Leopardi), Reich believes that in the centuries to come men and women will finaly assume this responsibilities and rise above the "mass" the "common man" in a more free, egalitarian, honest future.
Read it for yourself, be inspired, and what is more...act on it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An impassioned plea from a remarkable scientist 27. Dezember 2000
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The story of Wilhelm Reich is one of the most frightening and shocking episodes in American history. An innovative scientist and psychoanalyst, Dr. Reich upset many with his unorthodox views on sex, physics, and other branches of knowledge. He was ultimately convicted in a United States court; his writings were burned by government authorities (!), and Reich died in prison in 1957. "Listen, Little Man!" is Reich's very personal defense of his own life and work; the book also represents his bold diagnosis of the disorder which he felt pervaded the human world.
"Listen, Little Man!" is a powerful, but problematic piece of literature. Reich seems to have a Messiah complex, and the book often sounds like a rambling, preachy rant. Despite this often strident tone, however, "Listen, Little Man!" is rich in insights into the human condition. And Reich's compassion for humanity shines through.
In the book, Reich reflects upon many topics: his own discovery of "orgone" energy, the persecution of Galileo, the rise of the Nazis in Germany, the racial discrimination directed against African-American singer Marian Anderson, and more. Ultimately, he expresses hope that he will be vindicated by history.
Those interested in Reich's own testament should also read Robert Anton Wilson's brilliant play "Wilhelm Reich in Hell," a work which is very sympathetic to the embattled scientist. But first read "Listen, Little Man!"; we, as a human race, cannot afford to forget Reich's tragic story.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Wake Up Call For Anyone Ready to Hear It 17. Juli 2006
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The story of Wilhelm Reich is sad. He led a life of scientific inquiry that included very radical views on sexuality and life, and, in the end, was arrested for it. Reich always seemed to believe that he would be crucified, and, for all intents and purposes, he was. I don't mean to make him out to be the messiah he seems to half believe himself to be because Reich never learned to live peacefully in a world that wasn't ready to hear him. In my opinion, he let his (justified) fury interfere with his ability to change the world more than he ended up doing.

That being said, Listen, Little Man!, which is the only work I've read of Reich's, reveals enough about his insight into the human condition to make it obvious that this was a very brilliant man. I don't know if his orgone research is legitimate or if it is the ravings of a lunatic, but, to my knowledge, no one has done enough research of their own to really determine the answer to that question. That is our issue: Reich's insights scare us so much by their sheer truth, that we refuse to even listen to anything else he might have to say. This is precisely the plight of the little man that this book is about. The way we all consistently choose to lead lives of unhappiness and unfulfillment out of fear, and then kill those who would lead us to that happiness out of the same fear. When I began to really think about these ideas, it became impossible for me to disagree with Reich. The ONLY reason any of us are any less fulfilled than we could be is because we CHOOSE to be because we are afraid to have what we really want. Not because of any unchangeable circumstances. This is a very difficult idea to wrap your mind around, but I think it is essential to attaining happiness.

I know that Reich isn't normally associated with these authors, but you will find similar ideas in Neale Donald Walsh's Conversations With God and any of the Ayn Rand where her self-righteousness hasn't overtaken her ability to be rational, and I would reccomend them too.

Listen, Little Man! is exactly the kind of book anyone searching for fulfillment should read. It'll take you probably 2-3 hours at most. Give it a chance. If you don't get it at first, put it down for a few weeks or months, but let the ideas sit, evaluate them for yourself, and see if they make sense for you. But for a book that was never intended for publication, this is a remarkably impressive work from an impressive man.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Never again has human been described so litteraly !! 13. Dezember 1998
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The best book i have ever read.. I have never again seen such a genius book descibing man so small .. making him seem more and more faint in his eyes. And trying to help him become , from a little man , a big man . ... Read it... If you understand the 10 % of it , you will be truly happy .
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