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Addiction to Perfection: The Still Unravished Bride: A Psychological Study (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts) Paperback – April 1, 1988
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About the Author
Marion Woodman is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute of Zurich. She is the author of Addiction to Perfection, The Owl Was a Bakers Daughter, The Pregnant Virgin, The Ravaged Bridegroom, and is coauthor of Coming Home to
Myself (with Jill Mellick) and The Maiden King (with Robert Bly).
Top Customer Reviews
After reading the review written by the reviewer below I'm reminded of the fact that the Jungian way of thinking is not for everyone. Those who tend to take life events, stories, dreams, and personalities literally will probably think this book is loopy. However, I have found that the use of archetypal images and themes in exploring my life goes a long way toward getting at the depths of who I am without explaining away the mystery or reducing myself to a one-dimensional being.
Woodman is a brilliant archetypal thinker. This book is so dense with good stuff that it is impossible to absorb it all in one or even two readings. Well worth having around to read over and over again
Marion gets to the heart of women's behavior in a way few can. To me this book is even better than "women who run with wolves". Marion talks about dysfunction from the inside out. She digs into dreams, symbols,and behavior to show why we do what we do.
This isnt just a simple 1,2,3 self help book. For me this a workbook for my life.
I cannot say enough how healing Woodman's words are here. She writes from a center that is all at the same time meandering, expansive, illuminating and positive. She expertly combines all of the complex elements explored into a whole that leaves me feeling nurtured as an individual and enlightened in a way only someone in touch with positive femininity could do.
Though the wording is almost entirely devoted to women here, like Woodman says, the witch is felt everywhere. The drive for perfection is ruthlessly felt in both sexes. As a man I have read this book countless times because it is the right bell at the right time, regardless of sex. It may not be easily digestible by the masses, and that's ok. Personally the collective has never offered much insight to me. If you are feeling compelled to the realm this book explores, follow it. Find your own truth outside of the best-selling list.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book came highly recommended to me, but I found it very difficult to read and ultimately gave up and "gifted" it to the person who recommended it to me. Read morePublished 24 days ago by ClassicalTraining
I love Marion Woodman and recommend this but the writing could have been better edited.Published 2 months ago by Josquin DesPrez
If you have a teenager with anurexia, this is a must read. It's tecnical and has a little"fairy dust" to it, but, it will help parents deal with this condition.Published on October 25, 2013 by Jerry Pyle
I have read many books over the years on "being female". This study was truly illuminating and full of eye opening examples for me. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by Therese Heney
This book was recommended by several psychologist friends, It has a wealth of information for those interested in this topic.Published on March 7, 2013 by Alexandra McCorkle
My expectations for this book was high as the title held such promise , my therapy practice brings me into a deep engagment with the issue of perfectionism. Read morePublished on September 3, 2009 by Being A Becoming
the book arrived within 3 weeks after my purchase. book was in a good condition too.Published on May 15, 2009 by Sebastiana Black