- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (September 28, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781138919150
- ISBN-13: 978-1138919150
- ASIN: 1138919152
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"While glaringly obvious in our culture, sex and sexuality are still only dimly understood: it is everywhere visible, subject to moralism, studied by psychologists, used and abused in advertising, confusing to adolescents, frightening to some, suffered by many in symptomatic forms. But Edward Santana covers the ground – from struggles between culture and instinct to pharmaceuticals and technology – in this brilliant study of Jung’s work, contemporary psychological treatment, and the importance of recognizing sexual life as a deep, exquisite expression of the human soul." – Lyn Cowan, Ph.D., Jungian analyst
"This book should be required reading for any psychotherapist who treats people suffering from sexual difficulties. It will fill a void in the Jungian literature on sexuality. Dr. Santana's stress on the spiritual dimensions of sexuality is a necessary corrective to purely behavioral approaches." - Lionel Corbett, M.D., Jungian Analyst
"Edward Santana’s Jung and Sex effectively answers the question: what would a nineteenth century born psychologist have to contribute to the field of sexual studies and therapeutic treatment, especially in an era dominated by behaviorism and cognitive psychologies? Jung not only repositions human sexuality through the biological and social into the realm of the spiritual but affirms that a sexual problem can only be solved by love, that is, by an engagement with the meaning dimension. This book asks the reader to approach the mystery of sex with a willingness to submit to psyche, a Greek word which translates as Soul." - James Hollis, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst in Washington, D.C., and author of numerous books, most recently, What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life, and Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives.
"Edward Santana, in his brave book Jung and Sex, does something that is long overdue: a critical review of the moralism that has affected the Jungian community... a magnificent effort to renew our thinking about the spiritual dimensions of sexuality. The style is jargon-free, pleasant and sharp!” Ginette Paris, Ph.D., author of Wisdom of the Psyche: Beyond Neuroscience
About the Author
Edward Santana, Ph.D. is a Registered Psychotherapist and director of a doctoral program in psychotherapy. He was executive director of the Ontario division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and maintained a private practice in Toronto, Canada. He formerly worked as a clinical program supervisor, public relations executive, and congressional staff member. He currently lives and practices in Southern California.
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This moralism is not so much a problem that comes from Jung’s writing, but rather a cultural trend in psychotherapy. Too many devout Jungians prefer to forget that Jung slept with his patients, had a long-time mistress, and did not believe in the absolute sanctity of sexual fidelity.
In his own way Santana champions the Jungian perspective, but in a refreshing and more contemporary way. He writes: “Neuroses are more commonly experienced today as anxiety or depression, and if we follow Jung’s interpretations, they are also forms of sexual dysfunction and addiction.”
The analyst’s task is to provide the link to the unconscious aspect of the sexual problem, which is at the same time a cultural problem. Both the person and the culture need therapy. That is the task that Santana gave himself, in a magnificent effort to renew our thinking about the spiritual dimensions of sexuality.
The style is jargon-free, pleasant and sharp!
The landscape the Santana puts forth is rich and lush. Indeed, mythological images come to life, and Santana does not disappoint, providing innumerable resources, many by way of hitherto unearthed Jungian quotes on sex, desire, and spirituality.
This book will prove invaluable to the health practitioner encountering sexual issues in their practice - the doctors, psychologist, social workers and counselors - who are willing to look beyond merely eliminating and medicating the symptom. For the symptom has a broader context in which it exists. The life force libidinal energy must go somewhere. By looking at the total man, as it were, practitioners become much more skillful and are able to handle and be of great assistance for people seeking help.
Santana's work provides just such a vision.