Books by Lowen & Others
The Language of the Body (1958)
Love and Orgasm (1965)
The Betrayal of the Body (1967)
Pleasure: A Creative Approach to Life (1970)
Bioenergetics (1976)
Depression and the Body: The Biological Basis of Faith and Reality (1977)
The Way to Vibrant Health co-author Leslie Lowen (1977)
Fear of Life (1980)
Narcissism: Denial of the True Self (1984)
Love, Sex, and Your Heart (1988)
The Spirituality of the Body (1990)
Joy: The Surrender of the Body and to Life (1995)
Honoring the Body: The Autobiography of Alexander Lowen, M.D. (2004)
The Voice of the Body (2005)
General Body-Based Therapy & Psychology Books
Bent Out of Shape
By Elizabeth Michel, M.D.

Elizabeth Michel, M.D., offers a unique and comprehensive resource for the study of anatomy in relation to Bioenergetic Analysis.
Body, Breath & Consciousness: A Somatics Anthology
By Ian Macnaughton

This collection of articles is uniquely useful as a teaching tool to students of somatic psychology. It offers access to cutting-edge applications of somatic psychotherapy in a broad range of clinical situations.
Characterological Transformation: The Hard Work Miracle
By Stephen M. Johnson, Ph.D.

Johnson covers two “character styles” that have the most “hard work” to do to get back to good feelings--the oral and schizoid characters.
Getting in Touch: The Guide to New Body-Centered Therapies
By Christine Caldwell, Ph.D.

This comprehensive collection brings together the founders and current leaders in the emerging field of body-centered therapy to explain how they developed their methods, what happens during a session, and who can best benefit from the techniques.
In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma & Restores Goodness
By Peter A. Levine Ph.D. & Gabor Mate M.D.

Levine explains how trauma affects our body and mind and demonstrates how to call upon the wisdom of our bodies to overcome and transform it.
Speaking About the Unspeakable
By Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.

This book shows how the experience of play in a relaxed relationship with an accepting therapist allows children to be themselves, overcoming the need to be guarded and watchful.
The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment
By Babette Rothschild

Rothschild explains the relationship between trauma and its impact on the body/mind and how listening to the body can play an important role in recovering from traumatic experiences
The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Healing the Social Brain (Second Edition)
By Louis Cozolino

Recent theoretical advances in brain imaging reveal that the brain is an organ continually built and re-built by one’s experience. Cozolino places psychiatric disorders within an easy-to-understand neuroscience framework. Readers will come away knowing just how and why psychotherapeutic processes have a positive impact on the nervous system.
Trapped in the Mirror: Adult Children of Narcissists in Their Struggle for Self
By Elan Golomb

A sober study by a clinical psychologist of the destructive legacy that narcissistic parents bequeath to their children and the troubling characteristics those children share as adults.
When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection
By Gabor Maté

Dr. Maté explores the reason why, despite a rapidly accumulating body of evidence about the mind-body unity, most physicians continue to treat physical symptoms rather than people-- and why we must understand the mind-body link in order to take an active role in our overall health.
Your Body Speaks Its Mind
By Stanley Keleman

Keleman offers a deep understanding of the forces (literal and figurative) that impact our physical form in powerful ways.
Character Styles
By Stephen M. Johnson, Ph.D.

The author shows how basic life issues underlie the severe pathology of personality disorder, the nagging symptoms of neurosis, and the more functional coping and adaptation of the character styles.
Eastern Body, Western Mind
By Anodea Judith

The author brings a fresh approach to the yoga-based Eastern chakra system, adapting it to the Western framework of psychology, somatic therapy, childhood developmental theory, and metaphysics.
Transformation through Play: A Body-Centered Approach to Play Therapy
By Dennis McCarthy

McCarthy shows us through a lifetime of case studies what is possible when we dive into the unknown that lives within all of us.
The author’s gentle empathy, his reflections on myth, psychoanalysis, Bioenergetics, and his own struggles with childhood grief, are enlightening.
Oneness and Separateness: From Infant to Individual
By Louise J. Kaplan, Ph.D.

A fascinating read about the drama of the mother-child relationship. Kaplan explains and delineates the phases that babies and toddlers go through as they develop, using Margaret Mahler's theories, but making them accessible to the layperson.
Sex and Self-Respect: The Quest for Personal Fulfillment
By Philip M. Helfaer and Alexander Lowen

Helfaer and Lowen describe a wide range of violations of sexuality and the resulting injuries to self-respect. This book has the theoretical and clinical depth to be useful to professionals, while written in language accessible to the lay reader.
The Healing Power of Emotion
By Diana Fosha (Editor), Daniel J. Siegel (Editor), and Marion Solomon (Editor)

This book-a dialogue among eminent neuroscientists, clinicians, attachment researchers, and body workers-achieves a level of integration among these various disciplines that has not been seen before. The volume shines a long-overdue spotlight on the essential element of emotional change in psychotherapy.
The Body Never Lies: The Lingering Effect of Cruel Parenting
By Alice Miller & Andrew Jenkins

Miller and Jenkins explore how repressed emotional responses to early humiliations and unfulfilled needs are inevitably transferred to the body, producing long-term illness.
The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists: Coping with the One-Way Relationship in Work, Love, and Family
By Eleanor Payson

This Michigan-based therapist empowers the reader with the ABCs of unhealthy narcissism, and gives step-by-step practical tools to identify, protect, and heal from these destructive relationships.
Walking the Tiger: Healing Trauma
By Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.

People are often traumatized by seemingly ordinary experiences. The reader is taken on a guided tour of the subtle, yet powerful, impulses that govern our responses to overwhelming life events.
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Character Analysis
By Wilhelm Reich, M.D
Reich's classic work on the development and treatment of character disorders first published in 1933.
Core Energetics: Developing the Capacity to Love and Heal
By John Pierrakos, M.D.

This is a definitive book on somatic therapy; drawing on the Reichian and Bioenergetic systems, this book adds a spiritual dimension to the work.
Humanizing the Narcissistic Style
By Stephen M. Johnson, Ph.D.

Johnson’s carefully conceived integrative psychoanalytic developmental theory will enable therapists to make sense of the array of symptoms seen in character disorders and character styles.
My Body, My Earth: The Practice of Somatic Archaeology
By Ruby Gibson

Gibson writes that within each body is an archaeological site that holds the details and wisdom of our extraordinary life story. She details how historical amnesia locks these stories in the body, manifesting as pain, disease, addictions, emotional patterns, and repetitive circumstances. An insightful book on somatic psychology.
Relational Somatic Psychotherapy
By Robert Hilton, Ph.D.

Covering more than 30 years of psychoanalytic practice, International Bioenergetics Trainer Robert Hilton provides powerful essays that explore the dynamics, pitfalls and possibilities of therapeutic and other intimate relationships.
Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing
By Peter A. Levine & Maggie Kline

At the core of this book is the understanding of how trauma is imprinted on the body, brain and spirit, resulting in anxiety, nightmares, depression, physical illnesses, addictions, hyperactivity, and aggression.
Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy
By Pat Ogden, Kekuni Minton and Clare Pain 

This book is a detailed review of current research (in neuroscience, trauma, dissociation, and attachment theory) that points to the need for an integrative mind-body approach to treating trauma.
The Symbiotic Character
By Stephen M. Johnson, Ph.D.

Johnson offers therapists refreshing insights about disparate theoretical and clinical trends in current psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, infant development research, and family therapy. He pays homage to Alexander Lowen, among others, in the book’s introduction.
The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation
By Stephen W. Porges

Porges presents leading-edge research on psychosomatic medicine and body-mind therapies. He helps explain, in detail, how our individual nervous systems influence, and are influenced by, our interactions with others.
The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self
By Alice Miller

Miller captures the emotional consequences of denying one's own desires in the service of a person whose love is so overpoweringly important that it demands the sacrifice of one's 'true' self.
The Body in Recovery: Somatic Psychotherapy and the Self
By John P. Conger

Conger challenges the separation of verbal and bodywork therapies by integrating Reich's concepts of character armoring and bioenergetic exercises with psychodynamic theory. Addressed to therapists, this culminating work also will fascinate those embarking on the journey of therapy for themselves, and anyone seeking to understand the process of shaping an identity.
The Body in Psychotherapy
By Edward W. L. Smith

The most effective aspects of Bioenergetics, Gestalt therapy, psychomotor therapy, Reichian orgonomy, and many others, are fully detailed, along with a wealth of practical therapeutic techniques.
Wit and Wisdom in Dynamic Psychotherapy
By Gregory P. Bauer

Insights and enlightening thoughts from some of the greatest minds in psychotherapy.
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