- Paperback: 291 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books Nonfiction (June 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671733346
- ISBN-13: 978-0671733346
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 4 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cinderella Complex: Women's Hidden Fear of Independence Paperback – June, 1982
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It is clear this book has been thoroughly researched, but to mention a slight criticism, this to an extent that I kept feeling many interesting threads of thought had been abandoned too quickly, to keep the length (and difficulty?) of the book down. A more serious criticism is that I, at least, was by the end of the book hankering for far more concrete positive suggestions as to what to do if we recognised this in ourselves. Perhaps it would have been bad faith on the writer's part to suggest easy solutions. What is provided is not only an exhaustive bibliography but readable end notes that point the way to a lot of interesting further reading.
In summary I'd say this book is a well-written discussion of a psychological complex whose importance for female psychology is hard to exaggerate. In its own way it confronts realities that the great works of feminist writing did not, namely the collusion of women in their own dependency. And, as the book says, there can be no progress if you don't actually confront the truth.
I've always been absolutely fascinated with the study of humanity and universal truths. This book confronted me head-on with yet another aspect of my "everything's fine" brand of denial. I'm still reeling.
I would recommend this book to anyone, male or female. I lent it to my ex-boyfriend as soon as I finished it. He, also, was enthralled. Mom is next on the library list for this book. Get yourself a copy. Or four.
THE CINDERELLA COMPLEX is written from the central and centering vantage point of straight-ahead psychology; not politics or spirituality. It was designed for courageous women ready to reexamine their hearts and souls in the context of the true dynamics and hidden reasons for many of the dysfunctions and even existence of their most important interpersonal relationships. It is even more important now than when it was written.
Dowling in actuality was among the first to successfully teach the general public some of the basic ideas of psychology and their relevance to their world, in those changing times, in the context of what freedom and adulthood really means. As it turns out, her metaphor of the Cinderella Complex--the desire to search outside of oneself for the source of inner emotional malaise or turmoil, and to hold a "prince" of some kind accountable for both one's maturity and rescue from the secret pains of independence--is perfect for all people, men and women.
The Cinderella Complex, Dowling shows us, is the siamese twin of irony in life.Read more ›
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I'm glad I ignored the mediocre reviews about this book. I found it resonated powerfully with my own experience, despite very different circumstances. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book. Nearly every individual's example had elements that rang true in my thinking. Fantastic way to self-discover and make a change in toxic thinking. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lysa Wright
i haven't taken the book out of the package to read through the pages. but upon opening it, it looked to be in good shape,Published on May 2, 2014 by Merlene Rainwater
I remember reading this many years ago so I got it for a friend who finds it still very pertinent to women's experience. Helps understand why we do what we do.Published on April 6, 2014 by E. Boyd
A book of surprising honesty and insight. If you want liberty then liberate yourself first, is the basic message of The Cinderella Complex.Published on December 17, 2013 by just Jack
I appreciate the condition and the speed of shipment. I was able to incorporate information from my reading into a school research paper as a reference! Thank you !!!Published on May 7, 2013 by Mark B. Lay
It's great to lean IN when business is good. Only work 9 to 5 - and then go back to work once the kids are in bed, isn't it? Flextime and working from home. Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Tabitha