- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (May 29, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060973218
- ISBN-13: 978-0060973216
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Women, Sex, and Addiction: A Search for Love and Power Paperback – May 29, 1990
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From Publishers Weekly
Certain women (and men) use sex addictively as a substitute for love, nurture or power, according to Minneapolis psychologist Kasl. "Crammed with case histories, diagrams and therapeutic suggestions, this study draws on her work with members of two organizations: Sex Addicts Anonymous, and Co-Dependents of Sex Addicts, a group for partners of so-called sex addicts," wrote PW.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Probably the single most significant text to date regarding women and sex addiction." -- --Edward Armstrong, National Association of Sex Addiction Problems
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The book has a heavy feminist slant and the author alludes to her own embrace of lesbianism. If you wish to heal without blame while finding tools for living in a fulfilling relationship with a man-this is not it.
I bought this book for a friend who was recovering from an abusive divorce. After reading it myself, I assumed that the author's personal sexual preference would have minimal impact on others seeking healing. For whatever reason, these powerful words proved to be a type of catalyst for my friend's subsequent rejection of men. Instead of this helping my friend heal and learn from the past, I have seen a deterioration. Her personal issues remain unresolved to the point that she has gone from being abused by a man to being abused by a woman.
All human beings-especially survivors of abuse are vulnerable to the power of suggestion. If you are having a conflict with your sexuality, this book will justify any inclination to reject men. For my purposes, this book did not help to lead a person back on a path towards healing.
Hopefully, with this additional insight you can make an informed choice.
In one very good book, Charlotte Kasl provides an excellent, easy to understand model for understanding these issues and how to overcome them. She illustrates these principles with just the right amount of relevant case histories and does it without using a lot of jargon.
This book is solid, but very readable and the author develops her topic with deep compassion. If you are only going to buy one book on this subject, I would go with this one. If you are looking for an uplifting book to compliment it that is not just a restatement of what many other books already say, then I also suggest AWAKENING IN TIME by Jacuelyn Small. She takes a very spiritual which is a synthesis of many schools of thought both East and West perspectives.