In The Myth of Desire: Sexuality, Love, and the Self, Carlos Domínguez-Morano draws on psychoanalysis to explore the broad and complex reality of the affective-sexual realm encompassed by the term desire, a concept that propels individual aspirations, pursuits, and life endeavors. Domínguez-Morano takes a global perspective in order to introduce a methodology, examine the present sociocultural determinations affecting desire, review the main stages in the evolution of desire, and reflect on affective maturity. Domínguez-Morano further explores the five basic expressions of desire: falling in love and being a couple, homosexuality, narcissism and self-esteem, friendship, and the derivative of desire by way of sublimation. Scholars of psychology, philosophy, and sociology will find this book particularly useful.
Carlos Domínguez-Morano is psychotherapist and professor of psychology in the School of Theology and vice-director of the master’s program in transcultural spirituality at Loyola University Andalusia.
Part 1: Desire
Chapter 1: Understanding Desire Through Science And Myth
Chapter 2: That Obscure Object of Desire
Chapter 3: Current Transformations in the World of Desire
Chapter 4: Desire’s Long Journey
Chapter 5: Accepting the Absence
Part 2: Expressions of Desiring
Chapter 6: Love and Couples
Chapter 7: A Different Type of Love: Homosexuality
Chapter 8: Life and Death of Narcissus
Chapter 9: The Bonds of Friendship
Chapter 10 Sublimation: Transformed Desire
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