Lost Goddesses: A Kaleidoscope on Porn

Author(s) : Giorgio Tricarico

Lost Goddesses: A Kaleidoscope on Porn

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : December 2017
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 128
  • Category :
    Forthcoming
  • Category 2 :
    Jung and Analytical Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 39353
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782205326
  • ISBN 10 : 1782205322

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Porn is a complex symbol of our modern world, and a shining example of the ‘Shadow’ of Western culture. While many books essentially show its negative sides — the risks of addiction, the danger of damaging the relationship between sexes, and so on — this work focuses on porn as a phenomenon of our times, exploring its many shades, and trying to capture its inner logic and essence.

Despite its pervasive ubiquity on the internet and in the lives of many, porn is apparently the ultimate taboo in the consulting room: in fact,

very rarely does a patient mention something detailed about his or her use of porn. In parallel with its growing presence, the last forty

years have witnessed a significant growth of publications about porn. Most of these essentially show porn’s negative sides, while a minority of books try to emphasise its positive role in the subversion of the dominant values.

This book aims at deepening the understanding of porn from the perspective of analytical psychology, seeing it as symbol of the complexity of the human psyche, which emerged in a specific moment of the history of consciousness. Porn is put in relation with

technology, with consumerism, with our neglecting the body, with the dictatorship of the image, with the individual and the collective

shadow, and with the unconscious nostalgia of the sacred and the divine. Lost Goddesses is not only addressed to psychotherapists, but to anyone interested in understanding porn as a phenomenon of the society of technology, its inner logic, and its multiple layers and connections.

About the Author(s)

Giorgio Tricarico is a clinical psychologist and a Jungian analyst, and a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. He has worked with adult patients since 1998, and has given several lectures and seminars on relevant issues in Analytical Psychology. Since 2009, he has been living and working in Helsinki, Finland, as a psychologist, psychotherapist, and Jungian analyst. He is the author of The Labyrinth of Possibility: A Therapeutic Factor in Analytical Practice, and has written a number of essays and short stories. He is also a singer, a guitarist, and a songwriter.

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