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
About the Author
Morano offers an entirely fresh approach to the problem of how desire structures the emotional and sexual realm of human experience. Drawing largely upon Freudian psychoanalysis, he explores the vast extent to which desire informs love, couple relationships, homosexuality, friendship, and sublimation just as it structures art, religion, and science. Particularly striking is Morano's account of the roots of romantic love: he argues that the forces of idealization play a significant role in shaping the choices people make regarding their partners. This book productively crosses disciplines—encompassing sociology, psychology, and philosophy—to offer an especially compelling account of what desire looks like when the subject is considered emotionally mature. The book, originally published in 2001, is here translated from the Spanish by Veronica Polo Torok, whose sensitivity to the nuances of the terms desire and sexuality is perfectly attuned to realizing the author's intention. Morano maintains a rare openness about sexuality through his exploration of the concept as psychoanalysis understands it within the multiple realms of personal, social, and religious experience. This book will be invaluable to scholars and students seeking a synoptic understanding of desire however they may be situated with respect to the fields of sociology, psychology, and philosophy. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals.