The Language of the Body, originally published as Physical Dynamics of Character Structure, brilliantly describes how personality is expressed in the form and function of the body. The body is the key to understanding behavior and working with the body is the key to psychological health. The Language of the Body outlines the foundations of character structure: schizoid, oral, masochistic, hysteric, and phallic narcissistic personality types. Dr. Lowen examines the relationship between psychoanalytic theory and body therapy.
As an American psychiatrist and student of Wilhelm Reich, Alexander Lowen developed body-psychotherapy techniques known as Bioenergetic Analysis. Derived from Freud's psychoanalysis, Bioenergetic Analysis incorporates direct bodywork to access and treat suppressed and repressed emotions, trauma and the unconscious. Lowen founded The International Institute of Bioenergetic Analysis, and The Alexander Lowen Foundation.