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Product Details

  • Paperback: 137 pages
  • Publisher: Spring Publications; First Edition edition (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882143670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882143675
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,167,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M on November 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
I feel I must review this book considering there is only one other review that's exceptionally negative. I've seen this book assist those struggling with questions of the "why" of who they are as it relates to their masochism. Certianly it does not purport to have an answer but rather to be a "View" of the question at hand.

For the person who identifies as a submissive (or) fetishistic masochist and participates in alternative sexuality, this book can be a very useful and eye opening reference. Certainly there is "psychobabble", it is the Jungian View, after all!

This book has the potential to be enlightening for those who find themselves attracted to more than the ideas of suffering and chooses to act upon these desires in consensual adult scenarios. There can be very little informatino available in terms of acceptance, understanding, or even writing about one's attraction to such feelings and experiences. For the submimssively minded masochist, this can be a rather large key to opening the hasp on some very heavy personal baggage they've been carrying around for years. The question of "Why" or "What does it mean" or "How is it I have these desires/feelings" or even the dreaded "What is wrong with me" Cowan's book may just be the perfect fit. If not, it will certainly open one's eyes to a larger possibility behind their proclivities.

One of the useful elements of Jungian and/or mythic and metaphoric musings is to allow unfocused ideas and images that can swirl in the mind to form more clearly, especially in relation to subject matter that finds limited information or acceptance in the average structures of our society.

Sublimation is often necessary for the masochist to maintain a healthy ego which allows them a more comfortable place in day to day life and this book can point the way.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Onsted on April 17, 2007
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Lyn Cowan's book, a quarter century old, yet remarkable fresh and current, is one of the very best expliques of a much misunderstood and therefore mailigned topic. True to her Jungian orientation, Ms. Cowan champions-- often in the most poetic and elloquent ways -- Carl Jung's position that mental (and thus spiritual) health comes NOT from avoiding or denying the role of the shadow side of the human psyche, but rather from acknowledging its exixtence, if not actually learning to embrace it. Jung posited that neuroses (psychosomatic ailments)occur as the natural result of denial of the self, leaving the Whole unexplored, often because of the rigors of mainstream religion that favor only the bright side of the soul. By not acknowledging and/or accepting the shadow side of the psyche, we become stilted, less than whole, and therefore emotionally crippled as we try to limp through life on one 'good' leg, as it were. Jung once said, in essence, that "... the trouble with churches is that they stress being holy instead of being whole." Just as there is no stick that has but one end, so too must the soul recognize, in its totality, the equal and opposite potential to do harm as well as good; to experience pain as well as pleasure, for every light source casts a shadow, and the brighter the light, the darker the shadow. One cannot exist without the other, as up cannot exist without down, nor convex without concave.

But Cowan goes much deeper than a superficial philosophical recognition that the two opposing-- or rather, completing-- halves do exist within us. She, in fact, encourages acceptance of this totality as necessary to balance and heal the crippled soul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M on January 25, 2010
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This is truly an exceptional work. Can not recommend enough especially if you are at all interested in Jung. Great Work.
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The subject was NOT roses! Thoughtful analysis of a subject that rattles my cage and shivers me timbers! I find it almost a companion piece to Portrait of a Blue Lady , my favorite Lyn Cowan book. Thank you Ms. Cowan fir exploring the dungeon of the psyche and cleaning out the cobwebs (making it a little nicer to visit on occasion).
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15 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 2004
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I thought this would be a scholarly study of the connection between religion and masochism, but all this is is meaningless psychobabble, such as the following gem: "The necessity and desirability of submission--the chief characteristic of masochism--is a submission to Necessity herself, the Goddess Ananke."
I strongly suspect this book was self-published since no respectable publishing house would publish such nonsense.
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